Ryanair was forced to cancel thousands of Portugal flights in 2022, which will affect almost a million passengers due to flying on holidays with the airline.
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Ryanair was forced to cancel 5,000 flights to Portugal for the summer of 2022 following a dispute over where to land at Lisbon airport.
The low-cost carrier has cut the number of planes based in the Portuguese capital from seven to four, meaning thousands of flights including routes from Birmingham and Bournemouth have been cancelled.
It is estimated that the move will affect 900,000 passengers, as 19 routes have been cut from Ryanair’s schedule. (You can see the full list below).
The move comes after a dispute with Portuguese authorities over fellow airline TAP. Ryanair said it was forced to cancel the flight because “TAP continues to block landing sites, which TAP cannot and will not use at Lisbon Portela this summer”.
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The airline said it has made multiple requests to the Portuguese government to release unused seats. The company also estimates that the cuts will result in 150 airline jobs and 250 million euros in lost tourism revenue for Lisbon this summer.
Ryanair’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, said that the airline “deeply regrets the undue disruption to passengers on these canceled flights”.
He described slot blocking as “anti-competitive” and “harmful to the Lisbon economy”.
Passengers affected by the cancellation will receive an email this week with options for a full refund or alternative flights to/from Lisbon over the summer.
Mr O’Leary added that Ryanair still hopes to bring three planes and 19 flights back to Lisbon in October in time for the airline’s winter schedule.
The 19 Lisbon routes that Ryanair has cut for summer 2022 include:
Portuguese holidays has been back on the card for Britons for a while now, and in recent weeks the country has also relaxed some travel rules for people holidaying in the UK.
In fact, it joined the list countries you can visit without testing if you are vaccinatedas Britons with double stab wounds no longer need a negative Covid test to visit mainland Portugal, Madeira and Porto Santo.
To be considered fully vaccinated, you need to complete your vaccine course at least 14 days prior to travel. It’s also important to note that like Spain and France, Portugal has implemented a rule that means you’ll need a booster shot if your vaccinations were completed more than 270 days ago (about nine months).
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