TAP: 1,600 staff to leave by year-end

… with 1,200 having already left

TAP planes

JN Economia on the mainland report that the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, announced in Parliament yesterday that 1600 workers employed by the TAP group will leave by the end of the year, on top of the 1,200 employees who have already left

The government official, in a hearing at the Economy, Innovation, Public Works and Housing Commission, denied data presented by the Left Block, which pointed out the departure of 1500 TAP crew members, saying that this would be 80% of the workforce and ensuring that the 1600 workers who will leave are the entire group and not just the airline.

“We cannot artificially maintain a dimension that does not have accession to the market in which we are currently operating,” he explained, stressing that this “implies that the company must be resized in the restructuring process”. “We cannot keep a job that afterwards has no work”, he concluded.

TAP routes in Porto “are currently making a loss”

The four routes created at Porto airport, after the State “took a more assertive position” at TAP, “are at this moment a loss” for the airline, guaranteed the minister.

In a hearing at the Economy, Innovation, Public Works and Housing Commission, in parliament, Pedro Nuno Santos said that the four routes created at Porto airport recently, to Amsterdam, Milan, Zurich and Ponta Delgada are “46% on average “and represent “at this time a loss for TAP”.

The minister also revealed that the strengthening of the TAP Express / Portugalia fleet is being studied, to operate, from Porto and Faro, to other airports in Europe, in “point-to-point connections”, to try to make TAP be ” more competitive “, in particular vis-à-vis low cost airlines.

Thanks to Peter for the link to JN

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2 thoughts on “TAP: 1,600 staff to leave by year-end”

  1. A direct link between Faro and Madeira would be a welcome addition and I’m sure would be beneficial to the tourist sector in both locations. The current link via Lisbon is not only more expensive (albeit residents are subsidised in the costs) but make a journey that would only take just over one hour often take five or six hours due to long layovers in Lisbon.

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