TAP today announced the suspension of 93% of its operation in February, above the 73% reduction previously forecast, due to new restrictions on mobility to combat the spread of covid-19.
In a message to employees, to which Lusa had access, signed by the chairman of the Board of Directors, Miguel Frasquilho, and by the chairman of the Executive Committee, Ramiro Sequeira, TAP informed that, given the new restrictions and “a further drop in demand ", Decided to" suspend 93% of the total of its operation – when compared with the month of February of last year, pre-covid ".
"The previous flight plan, adjusted down about ten days ago, already very conditioned by several restrictions and weak demand, pointed to a 73% reduction in supply in February," pointed out the company.
Among the new measures adopted to fight the pandemic, according to Lusa news, are the requirement to present negative tests on boarding, the imposition of quarantines, the ban on the entry of travelers and citizens of the countries most affected by the pandemic, the suspension and prohibition of flights and mandatory confinements.
“To the ban and suspension of flights on air connections between Portugal and countries such as the United Kingdom, Angola, Brazil and Germany, is added the new framework of the Portuguese state of emergency, which came into force today, which maintains self-definition and determines the prohibition of travel by nationals outside the national territory, which is in line with the European and world trend, of temporary restriction of all non-essential trips ”, stressed TAP.
"These restrictions cause high and added constraints to our activity, contrary to projections that are not very encouraging," he added.
In this way, as of February 1, TAP will continue to ensure the connections of the Portuguese between Lisbon, Porto, Madeira and the Azores, as well as cities with significant Portuguese communities (Newark and Boston, in the United States of America, Toronto, in Canada, Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, Paris, Nice, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Milan and Rome, in Europe, and Bissau, Conakry, Dakar, Maputo, Praia, São Vicente and São Tomé and Príncipe, in Africa).
“We will ensure flights on all routes where they are possible, in order to respond to the mission of transporting our customers back home, and we will seek, together with the Portuguese and foreign authorities, to carry out humanitarian flights. and repatriation, whenever these are necessary ”, guaranteed the airline.
The carrier also informed that all reservations made can be changed free of charge.