Algarve will have direct flights to Italy this year


From June 6th 2018, Algarve will have a direct air route, operated by the company Volotea, which will connect Faro to Verona (Italy). This will be the only direct link between the region and that country, which makes "this a strategic action".

Currently we have witnessed a "trend of growth of tourist indicators of the Italian market in the region, both in terms of visitors but also in terms of residential tourism", explains the Tourism Association of Algarve (ATA).

This new route will have a weekly frequency, from June to September, with an offer capacity of 5400 places.

"Italy is a market that has presented interesting growth figures in recent years - in 2016 there were around 108 thousand overnight stays of Italian tourists in the Algarve, so we consider it a bet market and of strategic relevance for the region", explains Dora Coelho, executive director of ATA, the agency responsible for promoting the region's tourism to foreign markets and one of the entities that contributed to the operation.

Following the British, the Nordic and the French, "there has been a significant increase in the number of Italian tourists who are choosing the Algarve as a destination for residential tourism, settling in the region to live for part of the year" says the ATA.
"The creation of a direct air link to the Algarve will certainly have an influence on the growth of this trend", believes Dora Coelho.

The Italian market already had a very significant relevance for this destination during the 90's, during which time the Algarve received around 20 thousand passengers per year from Italy. However, this operation was interrupted, so the announcement of this new route represents, in the words of Dora Coelho, "a stimulating challenge for the region in view of the reconquest of this market".

According to the company Volotea, the Algarve is a destination of "great fascination and tourist appeal", which is why this new investment is justified. in Sul Informação.