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Ryanair fulfills its ultimatum and cancels 19 Lisbon routes for the summer

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Cancellations will lead to ‘loss of 150 well-paying jobs’ at Humberto Delgado Airport

Ryanair announced on Tuesday that it will proceed with the reduction of the Lisbon airport fleet this summer, “since the Portuguese government has not acted” to free up TAP “slots”, and will cancel 19 routes from Portela in the summer.

In a statement, the Irish airline said that, “since the Portuguese government failed to act”, “it has been 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 routes departing 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 TAP blocking unused slots in the summer of 2020 in Lisbon,” said Executive Chairman Michael O’Leary. , cited in the same notice.

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 Prime Minister António Costa for help resulted in a total of zero responses,” reads the press release 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.

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