In a statement, the Irish airline condemned “ANA’s proposal to increase airport fees by up to 15%, starting in 2023”, considering that “the increase in fees will harm the recovery of tourism in Portugal”.

Ryanair understands that “there is no justification for a 15% increase in ANA’s already high airport fees, especially when Portuguese air and tourist traffic is still recovering after the pandemic and should be supported with lower airport fees”.

On Tuesday, ANA, which belongs to the French company Vinci, confirmed that it “presented a proposal to update the regulated airport fees with a date of entry into force on February 1, 2023, following the new model provided for in the concession contract for the period 2023 until the end of the concession”, after TAP criticized the decision, in a statement.

Ryanair director for Portugal, Elena Cabrera, considered, in a statement, that “there is no justification for the excessive increase in airport fees by ANA, especially when Portugal is still recovering from the pandemic”.

“ANA should follow its European counterparts and lower rates to help stimulate traffic and tourism recovery, such as Aena in Spain, which is now extending its traffic recovery scheme from summer to winter, reinforcing the recovery of Spanish tourism”, pointed out the official.

On Tuesday, ANA said it had made “substantial reductions” in airport fees during the pandemic, having returned €13 million to airlines this year.

In the same note, the airport manager said that “the values ​​proposed for 2023 show increases per passenger of 0.35 euros in the Azores, 0.79 euros in Madeira, 0.81 euros in Porto, 0.80 euros in Faro and 1 .53 euros in Lisbon”, adding that “the proposal represents an average increase of 10.81%, which generally follows the increase in the inflation rate and the rules established by the Concession Contract with the Portuguese State”.

The proposal will now be subject to consultation and will have to be approved by the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC).