In the first quarter of 2023, a record 13 million passengers passed through five national airports, an increase of 15% compared to the same period in 2019 and 55% compared to the same period last year.
According to a recent report Vinci, owner of ANA, Portugal is one of five countries – along with Serbia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica – that reached passenger records between January and March this year. The document also noted that the increase in passenger numbers was due to “a rapid increase in the number of seats offered by the company”, operating on both flags Portugal and with lower fares.
Between January and March, Lisbon Airport handled more than seven million passengers. The number is an all-time high, up 14% from the year before the pandemic and up 58% year-on-year. Vinci says the increase is the result of Humberto Delgado’s “excellent” contacts with countries such as France, the UK or Brazil.
Ryanair’s commitment to Funchal Airport – which opened a base in Madeira in April last year – has allowed traffic to Madeira to increase by 44%, making it a “popular destination” among travellers. In the first quarter of this year, almost one million passengers passed through Funchal Airport, which is 43% more than in 2019 and 68% more than the same period last year.
In the first quarter of this year, almost three million passengers passed through Porto Airport. 12% higher than the same period in 2019 and 50% higher than the same period last year In Faro, there were 1.1 million passengers, which is 46% more than the same period of the previous year and 9.6% more than 2019.
Finally, the Azores had 480 thousand passengers at the beginning of this year, which is 42% more than the same period of the previous year and 18% more than 2019.
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