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Ryanair cancels flights in Lisbon, blames TAP for lack of airport slots

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In the winter of 2021/2022, Ryanair estimates it will have to cancel 700 flights and three Lisbon routes (to Tours, Oujda, and Bari).

According to a statement issued on October 15, 2021, the low-cost carrier is forced to cancel flights due to a lack of available slots at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) in Portugal.

Despite not being able to run all of its planned flights, Ryanair plans to maintain seven aircraft and crew in Lisbon in the hopes that enough slots would “open up.”

The Irish carrier blames Portugal’s national carrier TAP Air Portugal for the situation, accusing the latter of “anti-competitive” behavior by “hoarding”: having more take-off and landing slots than it allegedly uses.

TAP Air Portugal has been contacted for comment by AeroTime.

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