Government refuses "any restriction" on flights between mainland Portugal and autonomous regions

By TPN/Lusa, in News, Regional · 15-01-2021 16:10:00 · 0 Comments

The Prime Minister said that "there will never be any restriction" on flights between mainland Portugal and the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira, in the context of the new general lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic.

As for land borders with Spain, "cross-border travel is defined and remains in force," prime minister António Costa said, rejecting the implementation of a border control measure as happened, "exceptionally and temporarily", in the first general lockdown in Portugal, implemented in March and April 2020.

At a press conference, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, António Costa presented the measures of the new general lockdown, highlighting the return to the duty of home collection, with the exception that all educational establishments remain "in full operation".

Asked about air links to and from Portugal, the Prime Minister said that "restrictions that are in place and have recently been renewed" remain, without further information. "We have never introduced any restriction on flights to the autonomous regions and the principle of territorial continuity must be ensured and, for our part, there will never be any restriction for flights to and from the autonomous regions," said António Costa, referring to the links between mainland Portuguese and the islands of the Azores and Madeira.

In the first general lockdown due to covid-19, the Portuguese airline TAP maintained links between the autonomous regions, while the SATA group decided to stop inter-linking links in the Azores and flights to and from the region, measures that were defined by the Government of the Azores, which acted as the company's sole shareholder. As part of the new general confinement, the President of the Republic today decreed the modification of the state of emergency in force, from Thursday, and its renewal for another fifteen days, until 30 January, to allow measures to contain the covid-19.



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