Overseas property owners with property in Portugal may find it easier to reach their holiday homes after the Portuguese Ministry for Economy and Employment announced they are considering making the recently completed airport at Beja a hub for low-cost carriers.
Located in Portugal's rural Lower Alentejo region, Beja airport has been seen as something of a white elephant since its completion in April 2011. The airport was started before the global financial crisis, and has struggled to attract the attention and footfall that it hoped for as a result of the crash. Currently, the only flight between the UK and Beja is a summer-only service from Heathrow, operated by tour operator Sunvil Discovery.
If budget airlines can be persuaded to operate routes from the airport, a whole new market could emerge in second homes in the region of Alentejo. And in terms of distance, Beja is not far from more traditional tourist areas. Lisbon is around two hours' drive, and the Algarve around 90 minutes away making this part of the Alentejo a strong possibility for those looking for seclusion that is still in reach of busier areas.
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