Ryanair cancels 19 Lisbon routes after line of slot machines

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Ryanair said it was canceling 19 routes from Lisbon Airport (LIS) this summer after the Portuguese government refused to release slots made available by TAP Air Portugal as a condition of its EU-backed restructuring. State.

The Irish airline has claimed the move will result in 950,000 fewer seats and 5,000 fewer flights in the 2022 summer season. Four planes will now be based in the Portuguese capital, instead of the planned seven.

Ryanair had hoped to operate the routes using 18 daily slots which are being given up by TAP. The European Commission decided in December that TAP should concede them to help preserve “effective competition” in Lisbon.

German consultancy firm Alcis Advisers is launching a tendering process for slots, but they will only be made available to the successful candidate at the start of the 2022/23 winter season.

Earlier this month, Ryanair urged Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa to step in and speed up the process to allocate them in time for the 2022 summer season. However, Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary said that Costa’s request for help had “fallen on deaf ears with no response”.

“The loss of these 19 Lisbon routes and 5,000 flights this summer means Lisbon’s post-COVID recovery will now lag behind other major EU capitals,” O’Leary said. “This anti-competitive blocking of slots is hampering growth and delaying the recovery of traffic, tourism and jobs in Lisbon Portela to the detriment of Lisbon’s economy.”

However, Ryanair has confirmed that all 19 routes and three based aircraft will return to Lisbon in October as the airline has enough slots in the 2022/23 winter season to operate services.

The 19 lines canceled this summer are:

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