Ryanair: Airline boosts flights from UK to Algarve after Portugal removed from red list

Budget airline Ryanair has announced that it will be adding 14 weekly flights from the UK to Faro, Portugal. Last week, the UK announced the changes it would be making changes to the quarantine exemption list. Countries on the travel corridor list, otherwise known as a quarantine exemption list, allow Britons to travel to a holiday destination without facing 14 days in quarantine on their return.

Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago were removed from the quarantine exemption list after recording an increase in coronavirus cases.

Portugal, after months from being absent from the list, was added to the travel corridor list.

The move has delighted Britons who have waited months to be able to visit the country without facing quarantine repercussions on their return.

Now, Ryanair is planning on adding more weekly flights between September 11 and October 24 to Portugal.

The flights will operate from 12 different airports in the UK.

Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Liverpool, Glasgow Prestwick, London Southend, Luton and Stansted will each have one more flight added each week.

Manchester and Newcastle will have two more flights added each week.

The popular carrier has also launched a flights sale with one way tickets from the UK to Portugal for just £19.99 until tomorrow.

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Ryanair’s Director of Marketing and Digital, Dara Brady said: “Ryanair is thrilled to strengthen the connection between the UK and sunny Faro over the coming weeks…

“To celebrate the UK’s decision to place Portugal on its ‘safe list’ of countries UK travellers can visit, we have extended our seat sale on flights to Portugal in September and October.

“To avail of these great fares customers must be quick and visit the Ryanair.com website to book their trip before midnight, Thursday, August 27, to avoid missing out.”

It is expected that more changes will be announced tomorrow regarding the quarantine exemption list.

Switzerland is expected to be removed from the list after recording more than 20 cases per 100,000 people in the country over a seven-day period.

However, Jamaica, the Czech Republic and Iceland have also been in the spotlight this week.

All three countries have fewer than 20 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people but are teetering on the edge of the red list.

Ryanair announced earlier this month that it would be reducing its flight capacity by 20 percent during the months of September and October.

The airline said bookings had notably weakened due to continuing uncertainty over recent coronavirus case rates in some European countries.

Ryanair confirmed that most of the cuts would be frequency reductions rather than route closures.

The reductions would be heavily focused on countries such as Spain, France and Sweden who have recorded rising coronavirus case rates which has led to increased travel restrictions.

Spain is currently experiencing a massive spike in coronavirus cases which led to the UK removing the country from its travel corridor list at the end of July.

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