Portuguese Economy Minister wants direct flights between Portugal and China

11 September 2012

Portugal’s Economy Minister, Álvaro Santos Pereira, said Monday in Macau that direct flights between Portugal and China could start being provided in 2013, speaking on the sidelines of the Global Tourism Economy Forum.

“There is interest from both sides, and work is underway to make that a reality as soon as possible,” the minister said, according to the Macau press.

Noting that solutions were sought to increase the flow of trade between China and Portugal, the minister said that there were several ways of achieving that and that his visit to Macau was focusing on tourism.

“I’m here to promote Portugal as a destination that may interest Chinese mainland and Macau tourists,” noted the Economy minister.

The president of the Portuguese Tourism Institute, Frederico Costa, said that the first flights were likely to be charter flights linking Lisbon to one of three possible cities – Macau, Shanghai or Beijing – and that negotiations were underway with China Southern Airlines. (macauhub)