Ryanair boosts Portugal flights with seats as low as £19.99 after green list breakthrough

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Ryanair has added even more routes to Portugal after the Government announced the nation would be included on the UK’s “green list” for travel. This means Britons can jet off on holiday to Portugal, from May 17, and will not be required to self-isolate on their return home.

In order to cater for an anticipated influx of bookings, the Irish carrier has added 175,000 extra seats to destinations including Faro and Lisbon.

New routes will fly from Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bournemouth, Bristol, East Midlands and Liverpool.

The updated routes will now see 17 weekly flights from Stansted to Faro and 14 to both Lisbon and Porto.

Manchester Airport will now have 14 weekly flights to Faro, four to Lisbon and three to Porto.

Meanwhile, Birmingham, Leeds, Bournemouth, Bristol, East Midlands and Liverpool will all offer three flights weekly to Faro.

To celebrate the initial launch of these new seats, Ryanair is offering fares from just £19.99 on journeys until the end of October 2021.

However, passengers will have to act fast if they want to snap up one of the sale prices.

The tickets must be booked by midnight on Sunday, May 9.

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Ryanair’s director of marketing, Dara Brady, said: “We are very pleased to announce 175,000 extra seats to Portugal on the back of the UK’s green list.

“With quarantine-free travel now permitted to the likes of Faro, Lisbon and Porto, even more flights have been added to our UK schedule in order to meet the demand from our customers.

“The UK Summer 2021 schedule comprises 480 destinations, having recently launched 26 new routes and with more to be added as restrictions relax throughout Europe over the summer months.

“UK families can book a well-earned summer holiday safe in the knowledge that if their plans change, they can move their travel dates up to two times with a zero-change fee up until the end of October 2021.

“To celebrate, we are releasing seats from just £19.99 for travel until the end of October 2021, which are available to book until midnight Sunday, May 9.

“Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.”

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps announced the “green list” update on Friday evening.

The initial quarantine-free list holds just 12 countries.

These include Portugal, the Azores and Madeira, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Israel, South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands and St Helena, Ascension and Tristan de Cunha.

However, Britons will still face entry restrictions set out by each individual destination, with some continuing to ban UK arrivals from crossing the border.

Furthermore, “green list” holidays will still see pre-and post-departure testing requirements.

Speaking in Downing Street Mr Shapps said: “We want a summer in which, with the help of vaccines and testing, we can reunite family and friends and travel to places we love.

“We want to start looking outward again. Whilst Covid has isolated us, travel unites us.”

He added: “Travellers are, of course, absolutely crucial to rebuilding our economy, bringing long-awaited relief to hard-hit airlines, airports, the tourism sector, which taxpayers have spent £7billion supporting.”

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