The president of the Government of Madeira defended, this Wednesday, the privatization of TAP, considering that it is not viable in the current form, in which it does not even fulfill the minimum public service, such as a connection to Porto Santo.
I am an advocate, at this moment, of the total privatization of TAP”, Miguel Albuquerque told journalists on the sidelines of his visit to the primary school in the parish of Santo António, Funchal.
Asked about the fact that TAP is not considering carrying out an air connection to the island of Porto Santo, the Madeiran government official considered that this is “a perfectly ridiculous situation because TAP is currently receiving funding from taxpayers”.
The head of the PSD/CDS coalition insular executive recalled that “the idea was that the national company would serve the country and the Portuguese diaspora”.
If TAP does not fulfill its objectives in relation to a portion of the national territory, such as Porto Santo, where an airline is essential, then I don’t know why TAP exists as a public company”, he opined.
Miguel Albuquerque stressed that taxpayers “they put money in there every day”, recalling that flights were resumed in winter to Porto Santo and “they always had a good job”.
The data I have is that I don’t know if it justified the Portuguese taxpayers putting around 4 billion euros into TAP, as expected, if the European Union authorizes it”, said, creasing to be “I need to question” this situation that, classified, of “incomprehensible”.
The Madeiran leader highlighted that “part of TAP’s planes are on the ground because they don’t have competitive lines at the moment” and the company is not viable without “tax money” from the Portuguese.
If TAP receives public money from taxpayers, if the only chance of making TAP viable is through public funds, it is assumed that the existence of a national airline is to serve the interests of the country. So it’s not worth putting the money in there”, he emphasized.
Miguel Albuquerque highlighted that there are several operations that have been carried out for Porto Santo by other companies, ensuring that the island “it is full of national citizens, national tourism, until October 5th”, which arrive via direct calls.
Now, if TAP is not even able to enter this market, I don’t know where this will end up. I don’t know what TAP is for”, he stressed.