Ryanair has today (18 May) announced that it is launching a new twice-weekly service to Portugal from Teesside Airport next month thanks to strong sales to its other destinations.
Europe’s number one low-cost airline will be flying from Teesside to Faro, the capital of the country’s popular Algarve region, on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 16 June with tickets starting at £19.99.
The move comes just days after the Government revealed that Portugal is on the UK’s “green list” for international travel. It means that people visiting them will not have to quarantine back on arrival to England. They will simply need to fill in a passenger locator form, present a negative test result before travel, and take another test two days after arrival.
Portuguese authorities are also now allowing visitors from the UK into the country, meaning there are no barriers to people from Teesside, North Yorkshire and the wider North-East using their local airport for a great summer getaway.
Welcoming the news, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “This is fantastic news, and yet another vote of confidence in our airport. Of course, it has only been made possible because of the tremendous take-up of Ryanair’s flights to Alicante and Palma by local people.
“Passengers are showing they’re backing our airport and Ryanair is paying back their commitment in spades. Even before the first flight has taken off, Ryanair has listened to what people have been crying out for and doubled its routes to give them a much-needed break.
“We’ve been working hard over the past few months to transform our terminal, get it fit for the 21st century and make it easier and smoother than ever to pass through. We can’t wait to welcome people back through our doors for these great summer breaks – and our growing slate of other domestic and international flights.”
Ryanair’s Commercial Director, Jason McGuinness, said: “We are very pleased to announce a new route from Teesside to Faro on the back of the UK’s green list announcement. Teesside customers will now have the choice of four popular destinations this summer, with flights to Alicante, Faro and Palma de Mallorca from June, and Corfu from July.
“Teesside Airport continues to deliver efficient operations and competitive airport charges, allowing for long-term traffic growth and new routes.
“To celebrate this new Faro route, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just £19.99, for travel from June until the end of October 2021, which must be booked by midnight Thursday, 20 May. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”
Portugal joins Alicante, Palma and Corfu on its schedule of much-loved holiday destinations meaning there will now be seven Ryanair services departing every week from Teesside.