Porto Santo flights tender

Tender launched for fresh operator

Binter - currently awarded the Porto santo flights tender
McDonnell Dougla DC-9-32,Binte _Canaria

JM reports the International Public Tender on the Porto Santo/Funchal/Porto Santo route was officially launched yesterday in the Diário da República by the Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing.

In October 2021, when it was already legally possible to launch the new tender, the Regional Secretariat for Tourism and Culture sent a letter to the Government of the Republic, warning of the possibility of its launch, also sending proposals for improvements which included suggestions from the municipality of Porto Santo and from entrepreneurs in the area of ​​tourism on that island.

In November, and again in February, the SRTC once again reinforced the need to launch the contest. However, this did not happen within the stipulated period. The last concession ended on 24 April of this year, and the existing contract was extended for six months, in order to guarantee uninterrupted connections between Funchal and Porto Santo.

Porto Santo Airport

Currently, the connections between the two islands are carried out by the Spanish company Binter Canarias, through an ATR 72, with 70 seats. The deadline for the submission of proposals from the airlines interested in the future concession, which will have a period of three years, will be until 11:59 pm on the 62nd day from the date of sending the announcement now published.

The base value of the award is €5,577,900.00, the same as the previous one.

“The implementation of the launch of the public tender that will decide who will be the airline that will fly the Porto Santo – Funchal – Porto Santo route, in the next three years, has been deserving the attention of the Regional Government”, underlines the Regional Secretary for Tourism and Culture.

However, Eduardo Jesus regrets not only the delay in launching the tender, but also the fact that the claims contained in the proposed amendments to the specifications presented by the Region, “which took into account the specific needs of Porto Santo, were not met”, through a careful process of consultation with the City Hall and the Porto Santo sector, carried out in June 2021, by the SRTC”.

The official emphasizes that “this is a matter of paramount importance for the Region and, especially for residents of the island of Porto Santo, which we have been closely monitoring, considering both the need and the benefits that come from maintaining this environment. of air transport.”

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