Air traffic up 6.9% in second quarter

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Portugal’s 10 airports managed by ANA – Aeroportas de Portugal registered a 6.9% increase in air traffic in the second quarter of the year with a total of 15.3 million passengers.

According to Lusa, which quotes data released by Vinci Airports which owns the national airports management company ANA, Portugal welcomed over than a million passengers more than the same quarter of 2017, particularly in Lisbon and Porto where traffic rose 10.7% and 11.2% respectively. 

Air traffic in Faro and Madeira remained stable despite the collapse of Air Monarch and Niki in 2017 and adverse weather conditions that caused further flights cancellations,” states Vinci.

This stability reflects that the main airlines operating in Portugal, including TAP, Ryanair, easyJet, Transavia and Jet2 are doing well.

In the same period, 23 airlines operating in Portugal opened a total of 48 new routes and flights registered an average take-up rate of 86.1%, with Portugal being a popular destination for European tourists, mainly in Spain, France, the UK and Germany.