"About Montijo, we have been waiting for news about these works for five years and there is no way to see the day when the new airport in Montijo can open, even though there is already an airport there," commented Ryanair CEO Michael O ' Leary during the Webinar “Will there be a return without air transport?”, Promoted by JE and the consultant BDC.
O'Leary was part of the panel “Present and future of the sector”, moderated by the deputy director of Jornal Económico, Shrikesh Laxmidas, in which António Moura Portugal, DLAPIPER's lawyer and RENA's executive director, Eugénio Fernandes, CEO of euroAtlantic, also participated Airways, Miguel Frasquilho, Chairman of TAP and José Luís Arnaut, Chairman of ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal.
“Open that airport there, because that is a really urgent matter, and we at Ryanair will fly there”, guaranteed Michael O'Leary, explaining that “we are waiting to receive an order for 120 new planes, to start flying in summers of 2021 and 2022 and that is why we want to put some 20 or 30 such planes flying to Portugal, but at the moment we have no airport to land near Lisbon, because TAP remains attached to that market ”.
In the set of proposals he addressed to the Portuguese market, Michael O'Leary asked Portuguese officials to “lower airport charges, open Montijo airport, remove from TAP the slots that this company will not use and redistribute these slots to airlines that need them, save the three billion that they will put into TAP and all of us, aviation companies, all united, will be able to promote a very vigorous resumption of air traffic to Portugal in the summer and winter of 2021, so that the Portuguese market to lead the resumption of air passenger transport in Europe, leaving the Covid-19 crisis behind. ”
O'Leary said goodbye with a “Thank you” in Portuguese.