Ryanair announced on Tuesday that it will move towards reducing the fleet at Lisbon airport in the summer, “since the Portuguese government has not acted” to free up slits from TAP, and will cancel 19 Portela routes for the summer.
In a report, the Irish airline said that, “since the Portuguese government failed to act”, “it was forced to reduce the number of planes based in Lisbon from seven to four for the summer of 2022, causing the cancellation of 5,000 flights, 900,000 passengers and 19 connections from Lisbon for the summer of 2022”.
Ryanair also added that the cancellations will result in the “loss of 150 well-paying jobs” at Humberto Delgado airport.
“We regret this unnecessary inconvenience to all passengers on these canceled flights and the loss of 19 routes due to the blocking of unused slots by TAP in the summer of 2020, in Lisbon,” said Executive Chairman Michael O’Leary. , cited in the same note.
The low-cost airline has twice appealed to the Prime Minister, António Costa, for the release of slots not used by TAP until March 4, indicating that, if this did not happen, would have to cancel some routes.
“Our last efforts to ask the Prime Minister, António Costa, for help resulted in a total of zero responses,” read the statement sent today.
However, Ryanair said the three planes and 19 missed routes will return to Lisbon in October 2022, for the winter schedule, “since it has enough winter ‘slots'” for those flights.