In a statement, the president of the PSD of the Algarve,
Cristóvão Norte, defended that the region “would be a suitable place to receive
this investment, reinforcing the link with Ryanair in the region, since it, to
a large extent, depends on a significant slice of the passenger movements at
Faro International Airport, Gago Coutinho”.
The party leader pointed out that, in recent days, the
municipalities of Porto, Matosinhos, and Maia have been expressing their
willingness to see the training center installed in the metropolitan area of
Porto, and has asked the regional authorities of Algarve to try to attract this
investment to Faro.
The importance of attracting a company such as Ryanair,
which has been described by Irish PM Leo Varadkar as being an Irish company
that is “a driving force for change”, has not been lost on the PSD politician.
“In the [Algarve] region, we know that we cannot count on
TAP. All the airlines and their ground operations that we can bring to the
region are a guarantee of the stability of the presence of these companies.
Having a Ryanair training center would be of the utmost importance,” said
Cristóvão Norte, quoted in a statement.
The president of the district appealed to the Algarve
Intermunicipal Community (AMAL) to, if it wants to be “more useful”, work with
“other regional entities” and, “with AICEP [Agency for Investment and Foreign
Trade of Portugal] and the company [Ryanair], fight for a major investment that
brings jobs and sustainability to the airport and the region” in the Algarve.
“Unfortunately, we see a lot of passivity and little
initiative. We cannot squander strategic opportunities like this”.
The position of the PSD of the Algarve comes after, on
December 22, the mayors of Porto, Matosinhos, Vila Nova de Gaia said they were
available to host the new Ryanair training center in the Metropolitan Area of