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Ryanair Announces New Summer UK-Portugal Flights – Simple Flying

The Irish ultra low-cost carrier is aggressively expanding its flight network.
Irish ultra low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced that it will be commencing service on three new routes from the United Kingdom to Portugal next summer. The announcement comes as the European airline looks to expand further into Portugal and build up its flight network.
Ryanair currently operates flights from four airports in the United Kingdom to the Portuguese city of Porto: Birmingham Airport (BHX), Edinburgh Airport (EDI), London Stansted Airport (STN), and Manchester Airport (MAN). This summer, Bristol Airport (BRS) and Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) will be joining that list, giving Ryanair customers that live in or near Bristol or Leeds the ability to fly from an airport closer to home. Flights from Bristol will fly three times a week, while flights from Leeds will fly twice a week. One-way tickets start at £29.99 ($36.18) and are available to book on the Ryanair website.
It is also worth noting that Ryanair will commence flights on a new route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) to Porto this spring, giving its customers from the United Kingdom even greater flexibility in terms of airports to fly out of.
In addition to the two new airports in the United Kingdom, Ryanair will also be commencing flights from Porto to nine other cities across France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Ryanair customers from the United Kingdom to Faro currently have their pick of 12 airports to fly out of, including London Luton Airport (LTN), London Stansted Airport (STN), and Manchester Airport (MAN). Next summer, Exeter Airport (EXT) will be joining that list, making it easier for travelers from the southwestern portion of the United Kingdom to travel to Portugal. Flights on the new route will fly twice a week. As with Porto, one-way tickets start at £29.99 ($36.18) and are available to book on the Ryanair website.
Ryanair will also be commencing flights from Faro to five other cities in the United Kingdom this spring and four other cities across Denmark, France, Germany, and Italy this summer.
Ryanair is the largest airline in Europe, serving more than 230 airports in over 40 countries with around 2,500 flights per day.
Ryanair's announcement of new flights from the United Kingdom to Porto and Faro ultimately comes at a time when demand for travel has finally returned to normal as people become more and more eager to travel. The new routes give travelers from the United Kingdom greater flexibility to fly out of an airport closer to home and are consequently expected to bring increased tourism to Portugal. Only time will tell if the new flights are as successful as Ryanair hopes that they will be, but for now, other airlines would do well to observe Ryanair's new routes closely; if they end up being successful, then such airlines might soon find themselves incentivized to follow in its footsteps.
Sources: FlightsFrom.com, RyanAir, The Portugal News
Journalist – A computer science major at UCLA, Nabeel joins the Simple Flying team with a passion for engineering and travel. He is particularly interested in the technical side of aviation. Based in California, United States

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