The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto, the northern region says he is being abandoned by TAP, doubled the number of passengers and routes in the last ten years.
In 2015, the airport port reached 8.1 million passengers, an increase of 16.7% over the previous year, the second highest growth among domestic airports after the Azores, which benefited from the effect of the liberalization of air links and thus the entry into operation call low-cost carriers.
Over the past decade, the number of passengers from Francisco Sá Carneiro airport rose from 3.1 million in 2005 to 8.1 million in 2015, the year that marked . 70 years of existence, according to the ANA – Airports of Portugal
This increasing demand has attracted more airlines: there were 16 in 2005 and 21 in late 2015, many of which ended up installing operating base at Porto airport such as Ryanair and EasyJet.
Even more significant was the growth of routes served from Francisco Sá Carneiro, which almost doubled, from 38 to 74 between 2005 and 2015, and the cancellation four connections to European cities (Milan, Brussels, Barcelona and Rome) announced by TAP the reason for the discontent of the northern political forces, led by the mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, but also by business associations.
TAP explained that, despite the good occupancy rates, the cost of operation of these four routes not currently allow the profitability of your operation, which had a net loss of 8.02 million euros.
known the new distribution of the airline’s capital, with the state getting 50% of the capital, has been requested government intervention, which, through the voice of the Minister, Pedro Marques, explained that the definition of routes is an operational issue, which is in private hands, ie the Atlantic Gateway consortium, Humberto Pedrosa and David Neeleman.
on Tuesday, the Ryanair announced additional flights from from Porto to Barcelona, Milan and Brussels, routes which will be suspended in March by TAP, and promised to evaluate the opportunities of the national air carrier decision.
the Prime Minister, António Costa, meets this Wednesday with the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, a meeting that will discuss the reduction of TAP routes from Porto, hotly contested by the mayor.
the audience that António Costa receives Rui Moreira is scheduled for 15:00 (Lisbon time) at the official residence of the head of Government in St. Benedict.
on the table should be, above all, the situation of the TAP and the end the airline some routes departing and arriving at Sá Carneiro Airport, in Oporto.
President of the Port House has publicly criticized the TAP strategy to Porto and has even admitted that “appeal to boycott the region “to the carrier, accusing her of having an ongoing strategy to ” destroy the airport Francisco Sá Carneiro “ with a view to building in Lisbon” a new airport and a new bridge. “
the Board published the same data to say that the canceled bonds had in 2015 an “average occupancy of 90%,” representing “the transport close to 190,000 passengers in 1867 one-way and return flights.”
you TAP has reiterated that the four European routes canceled from the port accounted for a loss of 8.02 million euros.
the Government has been called by Rui Moreira to intervene in this matter after having reached an agreement with the Gateway consortium for the state get 50% of the company (instead of 34%), paying EUR 1.9 million. But the private consortium will increase from 61% of the company’s capital to 45% and may reach 50%, with the acquisition of capital available to workers.