Mobility allowance remains a stumbling block.
As reported here on numerous occasions, Ryanair is expressing an interest in connecting with Madeira, but the issue of transporting locals to the mainland remains an issue – as indeed it has been with easyJet, who regularly threaten to pull their connections with Lisbon and Porto.
At the moment residents on the island receive an allowance for the cost of travel to the mainland which is disbursed directly by the Regional Government. This mobility subsidy directly affects the competitiveness of air transport, as well as generating paperwork and impacting margins, particularly when there are large numbers of heavily subsidised students travelling during holiday periods – something that will concern Ryanair significantly.
According to the Diario, António Trindade, Group Chairman and CEO of PortoBay Hotels who have 7 establishments in Madeira, believes the Ryanair slot approval could happen as early as next winter, and the number of connections could be greater than TAP and easyJet combined.
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