There’s something about politicians and airports. Portugal’s southern coast, the Algarve, is a popular destination for Irish tourists and the region’s airport at Faro welcomed a record 7.6m passengers last year, mainly from cooler climes in northern Europe. That makes it twice as busy as Belfast International, or four times busier than Shannon.

Despite a decent volume of business, Faro is rather a mess for passengers: I caught a flight there last week and the airport is playing catch-up. It could be very uncomfortable in the summer peak period. Traffic has exceeded expectations, the place is a bit of a building-site and the work currently under way should clearly have been commenced much earlier. The failure to keep pace with traffic growth at Faro has a depressing explanation – the money has been wasted on a ghost airport just a short spin up the road.