The presidents of the Algarve Intermunicipal Community (AMAL) and the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA) today challenged the air route plan for the next two months made public by TAP, “for not serving” the main national tourist destination.
“Before the pandemic, the supposed airline with the country's flag provided only three daily flights from Lisbon to Faro, on a timid air bridge with the national hub. When the pandemic broke out in Europe, TAP was dispatched to supply the already reduced connections to Faro International Airport and, according to the plan now presented, the resumption of activity to the Algarve will be very slow, with only two daily connections in July ”, Defend António Miguel Pina (AMAL) and João Fernandes (RTA).
The plan to retake part of the operation announced Monday by the airline TAP "does not serve the Algarve, nor does it follow the example of the world airline counterparts, who announced a more robust resumption of the operation for the region", they maintain.
Examples are Edelweiss (with the first commercial flight Zurich-Faro on 28 May), Luxair Tours (flight Luxembourg-Faro on 31 May) or Transavia Netherlands (with operation Amsterdam-Faro from 4 June).
“Fortunately, the Algarve has stood out for the interest it generates in airlines and tour operators across borders”, as is the case with Lufthansa, which will resume flights to 20 world destinations from mid-June, including Faro, but that, conclude Pina and Fernandes, does not "invalidate the fact that the airline that claims to be national continues to disregard the Algarve in its plans, when this is the biggest holiday destination in the country".