TAP – Air Portugal resumes flights to Guinea-Bissau

23 August 2016

TAP – Air Portugal will resume flights to Guinea-Bissau from 1 December, linking Lisbon to Bissau with two weekly flights, the airline said in a statement issued in Lisbon.

The operations for Guinea-Bissau had been suspended since December 2013, when the Guinea-Bissau authorities forced the captain of TAP aircraft to carry 74 Syrian nationals travelling with false passports to Lisbon.

The airline claimed at the time that there was a “serious security breach” in air operations and decided to suspend “indefinitely” air links with the African country.

In a statement released on Monday, TAP said including Bissau in its network “reinforces the position on the African continent, where it has a strong presence and (…) considers Africa one of the strategic markets.”

The airline also announced it would add extra flights to Senegal (Dakar), Sao Tome and Principe and Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), following an increase in the number of flights it offers to other African destinations, such as Casablanca, Marrakesh and Tangier in Morocco. (macauhub/CV/GW/PT)