The Algarve will be closer to Spain during the summer with direct flights from Faro to Madrid operated by Air Nostrum – announced the Iberia Airline group.
The reopening of this route, simultaneously with the new direct connection from Faro to Barcelona, operated by Vueling, raises the expectations of the President of the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA) regarding the increase of the Spanish market in the Algarve in 2015.
“This is excellent news that the region aspired for almost a decade and is also the result of all the hard work from the Tourism Board to ensure direct flights between Faro and the main Iberian airports” says Desiderio Silva.
According to ANA – Airports of Portugal – from 1st June to 30th September the Faro-Madrid route will have three flights per week in each direction, approaching the Algarvian airport to other national and international destinations from the Iberia network.
“We ended the year 2014 with over 25.5 percent of Spanish tourists hotel overnight stays, which was a remarkable growth, and in 2015, with these two new routes we may even exceed the barrier of a million overnight stays,” quotes President Desidério Silva.
Air Nostrum will operate the route from Madrid with aircrafts fitting upto 100 passengers, offering approximately 8500 seats. During June, July and September flights will be sceduled for Mondays, Fridays and Sundays and from 21st July to 1st September on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The Vueling link to Barcelona will have two weekly flights with departures on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from June 20th and until September 12th.
According Desiderio Silva, this is “a first step” towards the consolidation of both air routes and the future expansion of operations during the year.