“Very low” demand has led Portuguese airline TAP – Portugal to maintain its suspension on flights to Guinea-Bissau, and the route will be assessed again in early 2015, said the company’s chief executive, Fernando Pinto.
Flights between Lisbon and Bissau were suspended in December 2013 following the forced departure by the Guinea-Bissau authorities of 74 Syrian citizens who were in the country on forged documents.
Pinto told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the reason for maintaining the suspension of flights was actually a lack of demand, which also stems from the fact that the route has since been offered by Portuguese airline euroAtlantic.
“We found that it made no sense to reconnect to Bissau,” said the CEO, adding that in 2015 a new market study would be carried out to see if there is any change.
Direct links between Portugal and Guinea-Bissau are now offered by euroAtlantic with a weekly flight on Fridays. (macauhub/GW/PT)