Budget carrier Ryanair is to set up a base in the Azores, the autonomous Portuguese island group in the northern Atlantic.

The airline will station a single Boeing 737-800 at Ponta Delgada airport and open three new routes, including Lisbon, Porto and London Stansted.

Ryanair says it is developing the base, which will open in April next year, after the Portuguese authorities removed restrictions linked to public-service obligation routes.

It adds that it is discussing, with the government, routes to the Azores island of Terceira as well as further international links.

Source: Cirium Dashboard