Flights between Porto and Vienna, via Austrian Airlines, began in April 2023, at the time with three flights a week. Less than a year later, the Austrian airline has just announced an increase to five weekly flights to the Invicta, starting next May.
'We decided to practically double capacity in May, from three to five flights a week', the general sales manager of the Lufthansa Group in Portugal told Publituris.
Thomas Ahlers added that, after an absence of 20 years, Austrian Airlines' new route to Porto was a great success last summer, which is why the airline of the global aviation group decided to increase the number of weekly flights to almost double as of this summer. This was one of seven new routes opened by the group's carrier last year's high season.
'This new flight was the most successful of all the new Austrian Airlines flights', said the head of the Lufthansa Group in Portugal, pointing out that, in addition to the Austrian carrier, the group's airlines have made a positive assessment of their operations in Portugal over last year. According to Thomas Ahlers, last summer the group's companies offered up to 36 flights a day in Portugal to the various hubs they serve.
Jet2 launches summer flights to Manchester
Meanwhile, British airline Jet2 has also decided to bring forward flights between Manchester and Porto to this summer, due to the 'phenomenal demand' for the Portuguese destination of choice for many tourists.
Jet2.com and Jet2City Breaks announced last November that they would start flying from Birmingham and Manchester (UK) to Porto in the summer of 2025. However, this programme will go ahead sooner. More specifically, flights between Manchester and Porto will start on 4 July, with two services a week (Thursday and Sunday), until 3 November this year.
'Since we announced the launch of this new service to Porto, there has been a phenomenal demand. We always listen to what our clients, partners and independent travel agents tell us, so we decided to act quickly and bring forward the launch of flights to Porto', Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays explained, quoted by Secret Manchester.
Porto and the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport continue to be places of great demand. In 2023, the airport is in the top 20 European infrastructures: of the 63 new connections to Portuguese territory, 28 had airlines flying to Porto, according to the conclusion of Air Service One, which specialises in analysing commercial aviation data.