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Ryanair to launch Lisbon-London/Brussels/Paris/Frankfurt service from 26-Nov-2013

17-Sep-2013 10:45 AM

Ryanair announced (16-Sep-2013) plans to launch operations from Lisbon from 26-Nov-2013, as the Portuguese capital becomes the carrier's third destination in the country with the expectation of handling 400,000 passengers p/a on the new routes. The carrier plans to launch twice weekly Lisbon-London Stansted, four times weekly Lisbon-Brussels Charleroi, four times weekly Lisbon-Paris Beavais and three times weekly Lisbon-Frankfurt Hahn services, while expecting an average load factor of 85% on the routes. COO Michael Cawley said the four routes are "just to start" and that the carrier expects "much success" and "new growth" in the future, noting, "We have increased passenger traffic to both [Porto and Faro] over the last ten years and intend to do the same in Lisbon". Meanwhile, Lisbon Airport operator ANA Aeroportos de Portugal clarified (16-Sep-2013) that Ryanair's service launch "was not subject to any negotiations with ANA Aeroportos de Portugal SA and will be governed by the terms and conditions applicable to any other airline at Lisbon Airport." According to Innovata, Ryanair will be the sole operator to the four airports it plans to serve, though TAP, easyJet and British Airways also operate to London; TAP and Brussels Airlines to Brussels; TAP, Air France, Aigle Azur, easyJet, France and Vueling to Paris; and TAP, Luthansa and TUIfly to Frankfurt. [more - original PR - Ryanair - Portuguese] [more - original PR - ANA Aeroportos de Portugal - Portuguese]