Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is seen as a strategic point in the goals of Iberia and British Airways, which intend to intensify the number of routes from Porto.
Noted the representative (country manager) in Portugal of the two companies, Manuela Barber, who was received by the mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, on Tuesday morning.
In a meeting that was also attended by the Tourism and Internationalization Councilwoman, Catarina Santos Cunha, the head of Iberia and British Airways ensured that the two companies intend to intensify the routes that operate from Porto Airport.
Both Iberia and British Airways attribute strategic importance to the city of Porto, which is part of their business expansion plans.
The bet of the two flag carriers is important for Porto, as they both fly directly to London Heathrow Airport – while TAP, for example, operates flights to Gatwick.
Heathrow is London's busiest airport, registering a total of 195,336 movements in 2021 and overcoming the 19 million passenger barrier. By comparison, Gatwick recorded 55,817 movements and 6.2 million passengers in the same year.
Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport has been recovering air traffic to values close to the activity carried out pre-pandemic, according to recent data from NAV Portugal.