“I came here to Faro airport, which is behind me, because TAP does not come and did not come before the pandemic. In 2019, TAP represented 4% of air connections at this airport and we are talking, objectively, just about one connection, Lisbon – Faro “, said the candidate supported by the Liberal Initiative (IL).
For Tiago Mayan Gonçalves, “TAP left the country a long time ago and this airport is the ultimate example of this”, referring also to “talking about a most relevant tourist market in the country, the Algarve”.
“And, in fact, when we hear the narratives that TAP is essential for tourism, here, behind me, is the demonstration of the opposite”, he underlined, pointing to the three planes stopped at Ryanair airport.
The national airline will represent an investment of practically 4,000 million euros, in the scope of the public aids announced for the coming years.
“And lower the VAT on electricity to 6%, establish six hospitals that are in the health plan – Lisbon East, Seixal, Alentejo, Madeira and Porto’s pediatric – double the PSP budget and double the budget for universities. Each of these things that I told you cost 1,000 million. Take four of them and compare with what it means to bury 4,000 million euros in TAP “, he stressed
In the Algarve, Tiago Mayan Gonçalves also pointed out the serious tourism problem that currently exists.
“This airport and this region, due to bad management of the pandemic, have continuously faced throughout this year and now face, already today, being on the black list of flights, namely from the United Kingdom, which is an essential market for the Algarve “, he stressed.
And this is, according to the liberal candidate, “destroying the entire economic fabric of this region”.
“We have to take another direction and define the way to return the capacity to sustain these businesses, 80% percent of the hotel industry in the Algarve is, at this moment closed, and with no prospect of reopening and the Government has to quickly start defining the way of maintaining this economic fabric capable of, in the future, reopening and returning to activity “, he stressed.
Asked about the importance of the airline for the country and for the connection to the Portuguese communities and the autonomous regions, Tiago Mayan replied: “the solution is there behind you, I am seeing three planes and none are from TAP, that is, air connections are made, they do not depend on TAP, they depend on airlines “.
“What concerns me is the hundreds of thousands of jobs that are at risk at the moment and it is not at TAP, it is in the hotel and restaurant sector. That is what is an effective concern and there are hundreds of thousands of jobs and represents more for GDP than any TAP, this sector of activity “, he stressed.
Tiago Mayan has repeatedly defended, during the electoral campaign “not a penny more for TAP”.
“TAP being a viable company and can be, in private hands it will make its way and its path like any company in difficulties that has a future and the capacity to have activity. It opens an insolvency process, starts a restructuring process, escalates the his debts, make a meeting of creditors and make his way “, he maintained.
On the second day of the new confinement, the candidate for President of the Republic dedicates the seventh day of the campaign to the South of the country with restricted activities. After passing through Faro airport.
The presidential elections, which take place in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal, are scheduled for January 24 and this is the 10th time that the Portuguese have been called to choose the President of the Republic in democracy, since 1976.
Seven candidates are running for election, Marisa Matias (supported by the Left Block), Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (PSD and CDS / PP) Tiago Mayan Gonçalves (Liberal Initiative), André Ventura (Arrives), Vitorino Silva, better known as Tino de Rans , João Ferreira (PCP and PEV) and PS activist Ana Gomes (PAN and Livre).
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