The news comes after Portugal has been included in the UK's list of safe destinations for travel in the face of the covid-19 pandemic.
Ryanair is to increase the number of flights between the UK and Portugal between 11 September and 24 October, with a further 14 flights a week to Faro, in the Algarve, the ‘low-cost’ airline announced today.
The news comes after Portugal is included in the list of safe destinations to travel from the UK in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ryanair has decided to boost air links between the two countries, “by introducing 14 additional flights to Faro from 12 UK airports,” the company said in a statement.
The airline adds that it has launched a sale of seats with fares starting at just €19.99 per trip over the United Kingdom-Portugal network, to travel in September and October 2020.
“This way, it will be even easier for our clients in the UK to book the long-awaited summer getaway in Portugal,” Dara Brady, the company’s director of Marketing & Digital said.
Portugal has been on the list of countries with “travel corridors” to England since 22 August, where passengers are exempt from a two-week quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The measure was taken on 20 August by the British authorities, who justified it with the figures presented by Portugal in the control of the pandemic in its territory.
Portugal joined a small group of countries that have been added to the list of “travel corridors” with the United Kingdom since mid-July, which include Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the archipelago of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Brunei and Malaysia.
The UK had introduced the need for self-isolation for 14 days to all people arriving from abroad in the UK on 8 June to avoid importing infections, but a month later exempted about 70 countries and territories, considered low risk.
The quarantine exemption is accompanied by the change of the Foreign Office council against non-essential travel to those destinations, important for travel insurance purposes.
Portugal, like Sweden and the United States, was not on the British list of safe destinations, a decision that the Portuguese government questioned for considering not to be “based on facts and figures that are public”.
The United Kingdom is the main market for tourists to Portugal, representing about 20% of the total in 2019.