easyJet has announced that a new base – the 25th in its European network and second in Portugal - will be opened in Porto in spring 2015.
The airline has operated in Portugal since 1999 and has carried over 3.8 million passengers over the last 12 months.
It currently serves Faro, Funchal and Porto airports and opened a base at Lisbon Portela airport in 2012.
The opening of the Porto base will lead to 80 direct pilot and cabin crew jobs - all employed by easyJet on local contracts and observing local employment law - as well as boosting the region’s economy by bringing more visitors to Porto.
easyJet is building on solid foundations in Porto - where it carried almost 800,000 passengers to and from Francisco de Sá Carneiro airport over the last 12 months to and from six destinations across Europe - Basel, Geneva, London Gatwick, Lyon, Paris CDG and Toulouse.
Javier Gandara, easyJet country director of Portugal & Spain, said: “We are delighted to announce a second Portuguese base from spring 2015 which will connect the north of Portugal with Europe.
“This represents a key growth factor for the local economy with the creation of more choice for business and leisure travellers alike at affordable prices and a high standard of service.”
Porto is a great destination for both tourism and business travellers.
The city of Porto has been registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996 and was the European Culture Capital in 2001.
Located along the Douro River estuary in Northern Portugal with its Mediterranean climate it also has an immense architectural heritage as one of the oldest European centres.