Suspension of flights with Portugal is "absurd" decision by the UK

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 15-01-2021 11:28:00 · 5 Comments

Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva considered, on 15 Januar, the United Kingdom's decision to suspend flights with Portugal "absurd" and "illogical", a "sudden and unexpected" measure whose grounds he said he did not know.

In our opinion, this is illogical. In the first place it is a sudden and unexpected measure and this is a first element of negative surprise. Secondly, it is a measure that hits hard on people who have not been properly warned. It was announced at 5pmon one day to come into force at 4am the next", said the head of Portuguese diplomacy.

"It is also an absurd measure, the foundations of which we do not know. Suspending flights from Portugal on the grounds of connections between Portugal and Brazil is, with all due respect, completely absurd," he added, adding that he had already asked the British counterpart for a conversation "to understand the grounds" for the decision.

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Very well done, the only people caught were people abusing their residency status to come here to infect their families. It is also wise not give an ample warning, for avoing people flouting rules.

By Rui F Ribeiro from Lisbon on 21-01-2021 12:01

Very well done UK. Portugal is unfortunately very lenient on taking such decisions.

By Diogo from Madeira on 18-01-2021 08:08

Do these government ministers not speak to each other. Has this idiot not noticed that the government has just locked the place down. There is nowhere to go and nothing to do even if you do come here. Why wouldn't other countries stop coming. The whole situation is ludicrous, another country run by idiots. They will not stop Coronavirus. Haven't ever stopped the common cold yet. Bunch of idiots, just out to bankrupt everyone.

By Martin Wootton from Lisbon on 15-01-2021 04:44

Why does that little demonic dried imp complain? Isn't it stay the xxxx at home? Basically the world can isolate Portugal now. Feel the lockdown or lockout. Everything is just nonsense

By John from Algarve on 15-01-2021 04:44

I just can’t understand this decision. I’d Great Britain banned flights from countries on the grounds that they were formerly colonies there would be no flights from most of the world.

By Helena from UK on 15-01-2021 03:19
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