March 11, 2022-11:40 AM – Economy
Ryanair has decided to suspend 19 routes from Lisbon this summer, including two to Morocco. The airline had to make this decision after the Portuguese government refused to reallocate the slots for “prohibited” flights by TAP Air Portugal.
Irish low-cost airline suspends flights from Lisbon’s Umberto Delgado Airport to Agadir and Oujda in Morocco (Fez and Marrakech not affected), reports air magazine† Of the seven Boeing single-aisle aircraft, only four will be based at the Lisbon base. Ryanair has also decided to suspend its scheduled flights to two destinations in France, five in Spain, three in Italy, two in Great Britain and two in Germany, in addition to Billund, Krakow and Malta airports.
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Ryanair says that all passengers affected by the cancellation “will be notified by email by the end of this week. They can choose between a refund of their flight and alternative flights to/from Lisbon, during the summer of 2022”. Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair Holdings, “regrets this unnecessary inconvenience to all passengers on canceled flights and the loss of 19 routes due to the TAP ban on unused slots.” Anti-competitive blocking of time slots hampers growth and slows the recovery of air traffic, tourism and employment in Lisbon. “Our recent attempts to seek help from Prime Minister Antonio Costa resulted in a total of 0 responses,” he added.
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The airline does not intend to surrender. Ryanair is “determined” to return the three planes and 19 routes “to Lisbon by October 2022”, as the group will have “enough openings” for these flights in the winter.
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