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The Secretary of State for Tourism met today with Ryanair, in Dublin, to discuss “the competitiveness” of Faro airport, particularly with the maintenance of the base, as well as extending the presence of the airline to Funchal.

Speaking to Lusa, Ana Mendes Godinho said that the government is “working to maintain the competitiveness of Faro airport, specifically in winter, and combat seasonality, working with all airlines and creating the conditions so that the airports of Faro and Funchal have de facto capacity to maintain air competitiveness or even strengthen,” she said.

The governor, who was accompanied on the trip to Dublin by the president of Tourism of Portugal, Luís Araújo, gave no more news about a possible maintenance of the base of Faro and the 100 jobs in question.

“At the moment I have no news other than these, that we are evaluating the situation and with this concern to maintain air links and increase air connections to Funchal and ensure the air competitiveness of Faro in winter,” he said.

The crew strike, which began today, and the situation of workers in Faro were not discussed.

Ana Mendes Godinho, questioned about a possible opening of Ryanair to maintain the base, said only that she was “working” to “ensure that the airports ensure competitiveness”.

The secretary of state also met with tour operators and Irish journalists to promote Portugal.

From Diario Noticias