EasyJet has officially opened a seasonal base in Faro with three aircraft.
The budget carrier is running 21 routes from the Algarve gateway this summer despite Portugal being relegated from the UK’s green list for overseas travel that does not require quarantine on return.
Faro is the airline’s third operating base in Portugal, added to those in Lisbon, operating since 2012, and Porto, since 2015.
Five new Faro routes are being added to Luxembourg, Munich, Lille, Toulouse and Zurich.
UK destinations include Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester.
The seasonal base will operate until October, with three Airbus A320s, creating 100 jobs.
EasyJet has carried more than 20 million passengers to and from the Algarve in the past 22 years.
Chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “Despite the challenges that the aviation and tourism sectors are experiencing as a result of the pandemic, this new opening demonstrates easyJet’s commitment to Portugal as an airline that contributes to the sustainable growth of the country and the rest of the European network.
“We are in the process of recovery, and opening this seasonal base allows us to respond positively to the resilient and growing demand that is expected across Europe over the summer months.
“We want to continue to contribute to the local economy and are pleased to have been able to create more than 100 jobs at this new base and look forward to welcoming more customers to the Algarve this summer and beyond.”