RYANAIR, Europe’s No1 airline, is expanding its schedule from Exeter Airport with the launch of new flights to Portugal.

The twice weekly flights to Faro, capital of southern Portugal’s stunning Algarve region, start from June 4 and run throughout the summer to late October. Tickets are on sale now at: ryanair.com .

The new service adds to Ryanair’s year-round flights to Alicante and Malaga in Spain from Exeter Airport. The last time flights operated from Exeter to Faro was in 2019, with Flybe.

Stephen Wiltshire, managing director of Exeter Airport, said: “This is great news for passengers and adds another great destination to Exeter Airport’s schedule for this summer. Faro has always been a popular route and I’m sure passengers will be delighted to see its return.”

Dara Brady, Director of Digital and Marketing, Ryanair said: “We are pleased to announce this new service from Exeter to Faro for Summer’23, giving our Exeter customers greater choice when planning their upcoming summer holidays to the beaches of the Algarve.”

It follows a busy summer for Exeter Airport, when passenger numbers hit 50,000 in August for the first time in three years, as air travel bounces back after the pandemic.

Exeter Airport was unaffected by the lengthy delays recently seen at larger UK airports and will not be impacted by planned strikes by Border Force staff.

Meanwhile the airport’s Dublin flights, launched earlier last year, are growing in popularity as more people realise they can connect seamlessly via Dublin to America and Canada with flights to New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington and Toronto. Passengers can pre-clear US immigration in Dublin, which means they are treated as domestic arrivals in the USA.

Here is the full list of destinations available from Exeter Airport in 2023 and beyond:

• Cyprus: Paphos

• France: Chambery

• Greece: Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zante

• Lapland: Enontekiö, Pajala

• Spain: Alicante, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Tenerife

• Portugal: Faro

• Turkey: Antalya, Dalaman

• UK and Ireland: Belfast, Dublin (with seamless connections to the USA and Canada), Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isles of Scilly, Jersey, Newcastle

• Special Departures: Arctic Circle.

To view the current schedule from Exeter Airport, click here: https://www.exeter-airport.co.uk/content/uploads/EA-202223-Schedule-issue-9.pdf .