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Record passengers for Lisbon; TAP has half of capacity; 125 destinations in Q1 2024

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Despite being a heavily slot-restricted airport, Lisbon’s passenger traffic continues to go from strength to strength. Between January and October 2023, Portugal’s capital welcomed 28.7 million passengers. Traffic has risen by around 8% versus 2019 with 2.1 million passengers added. It is among Europe’s best-recovered airports.

Lisbon passengers January-October

Multiple airlines added

Particularly notable airline additions since 2022 include the following. LAM Mozambique last served Lisbon on a regular basis more than a decade ago.

  • December 2023: LAM Mozambique from Maputo (3-weekly)
  • June 2023: Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi (4-weekly)
  • April 2023: Air Serbia from Belgrade (2 to 3)
  • March 2023: Volotea from Asturias (3) and later Nantes (2)
  • May 2022: PLAY from Keflavik (2)

As is normally the case, airlines have been lost. Using Cirium to compare now to the years since 2019 shows that Aeroflot, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Malta, Asiana, Beijing Capital, Binter Canarias, Blue Air, Estelar and Qatar Airways are among those that no longer serve the airport.

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To be joined by others In 2024

They include Bulgaria Air from Sofia (2-weekly from April 3); Tunisair from Tunis (weekly from 6 May); and Nouvelair charter flights from Djerba (weekly from 25 May). Bulgaria Air and Tunisair last served Lisbon on a regular basis in October 2019.

TAP Portugal has half of seats

Based on Q1 2024 (January-March) data, Cirium tells that TAP Portugal has almost one in two available seats (48%). Its capacity has risen by a modest 1% year-on-year. It has 79 routes, based on having at least four departures. Alicante and Conakry are no longer served versus Q1 2023.

Dublin Airport

In contrast, Ryanair and easyJet – the second and third largest operators – have reduced capacity considerably. Ryanair’s available seats in these winter months have fallen by 7%. It has 36 routes, down by two year-on-year. Agadir, Brussels BRU, Pisa and Zaragoza have been removed, while two routes were added on 29 October 2023: Wroclaw (2-weekly) and Poznan (2-weekly).

Meanwhile, easyJet’s seats have fallen by 9% despite securing more slots in 2022. It has 28 routes in this quarter. Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Marseille, Milan BGY, Paris BVA, Rennes, Tenerife TFS and Valencia were served in Q1 last year but no more. However, others have started:

  • Athens: 5 June 2023 (2-weekly in Q1
  • Glasgow: 6 June 2023 (2-weekly in Q1)
  • Agadir: 11 November 2023 (2-weekly)
  • Copenhagen: 30 October 2023 (2-weekly)

Top 10 Lisbon airlines

125 destinations in Q1

Across all airlines, Lisbon has at least four departing flights to 125 destinations in 45 countries. Neighbour Spain has more available seats than any other nation with 10 airports served.

With 12 destinations, only Brazil has more airports connected to Lisbon: Belem, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Maceio, Natal, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Salvador, Sao Paulo GRU and Sao Paulo VCP.

The 515-kilometre Lisbon-Madrid is the most-served market. There are 135-weekly flights in mid-February: TAP (41), Iberia (40), Air Europa (28), easyJet (21) and Ryanair (just 4). Only one long-haul market – Sao Paulo GRU – makes the top 10.

Top 10 Lisbon destinations 2024

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