António Lima, a member of the BE (Left Bloc) and a deputy in the Azorean parliament, has drawn attention to the recent revelation of Ryanair’s potential departure from the Azores. The regional secretary for Tourism, Mobility, and Infrastructure confirmed this threat, prompting negotiations with the government to preserve the airline’s routes in the region. Lima strongly criticized Ryanair, labeling their behavior as blackmail and accusing the company of attempting to extort subsidies from taxpayers in the areas where it operates.
Lima further emphasized that Ryanair has a reputation for employing such tactics not only to obstruct legitimate strikes aimed at securing better working conditions but also to demand financial incentives. He expressed deep concern about the predatory approach adopted by the airline. Additionally, Lima called upon the Regional Government to be transparent by disclosing all contracts between public-funded entities, including VisitAzores and Chambers of Commerce. He pledged to take action and formally request access to these documents from the Regional Government.
The BE/Azores party has also accused Ryanair of engaging in blackmail by insisting on subsidies to continue servicing the Azores route. They have expressed their intention to thoroughly investigate and obtain information regarding any contracts between public-funded entities and Ryanair from the Regional Government
Ryanair’s Threat and Blackmail Allegations
António Lima, a BE (Left Bloc) deputy, has voiced strong criticism against Ryanair as the airline threatens to leave the Azores. Lima has accused Ryanair of employing blackmail tactics and attempting to extort subsidies from taxpayers in the regions it operates. The deputy has further called for transparency and accountability regarding contracts between public-funded entities and Ryanair.
BE/Azores Party Urges Disclosure of Contracts with Ryanair
In light of the accusations leveled against Ryanair, the BE/Azores party has demanded clarity on the relationship between public-funded entities, including VisitAzores and Chambers of Commerce, and Ryanair. The party raised concerns about the alleged subsidy demands and potential blackmail.