Porto will win six new airlines this summer

Porto will win six new airlines this summer

“2023 could be a historic year” for the tourist region of Porto and northern Portugal. This is the conviction of Luís Pedro Martins, who has just started a new mandate at the head of the tourism promotion office in Porto and North, based on the recruitment of six new airlines that will fly to Francisco Sá Carneiro airport this summer. Israeli Sun D’Or, Austrian Airlines, Air Baltic, Norwegian, Scandinavian Airlines and Icelandic Play have already scheduled their debuts in the coming months. Air connectivity – a factor he says is critical to the area’s success – will also be bolstered in the summer with new routes from carriers with deep knowledge of the market, such as Ryanair, Easyjet and Eurowings.

However, it is not enough to meet the growth ambitions in the region. As the also president of the Entidade Regional Turismo do Porto e Norte de Portugal points out: “We are not interested in the European market, because we are well served and we have found that the companies that flew to the airport in 2019 not only restored the routes but in many cases the supply strengthened”. The same cannot be said of long distances. “Markets like the US, Brazil, Canada, Asia and the Pacific are very important, with greater value. They visit us against the cycle of what is summer, which contributes strongly to combat seasonality and increase of the average stay. but links are missing in these cases”.

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