Ryanair is to launch services to Manchester from Lisbon Airport, which the airline has announced as its third base in Portugal and 65th overall.
From April it will base one aircraft at Lisbon and launch four new routes – Dole, Manchester, Marseille and Pisa – taking its total network from the airport to nine.
The airline expects to carry 900,000 passengers a year on 124 weekly flights at Lisbon.
Chief commercial officer, David O’Brien, said: ‘Our four new Lisbon routes will allow Portuguese consumers and visitors to escape TAP’s high fares and instead enjoy Ryanair’s lowest fares and industry leading customer service and punctuality.
‘Only Ryanair, with its 175 new aircraft order, can deliver the capacity, new markets and low costs demanded by Portuguese consumers and visitors, and looks forward to working with Lisbon Airport to unlock the vast potential currently suppressed by high access air costs.’
Ryanair will operate from Lisbon to Manchester four times weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The airline also announced a new Manchester-Zadar (Croatia) service, which will operate twice weekly (Mon/Fri) from April. The two new routes take its total network from Manchester this summer to 38.
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