In a message to employees, signed by the chairman of the Board of Directors, Miguel Frasquilho, and by the chairman of the Executive Committee, Ramiro Sequeira, TAP stated that, given the new restrictions and “a further drop in demand “, the company had decided to "suspend" 93 percent of the total of its operation - when compared with the month of February of last year, pre-covid.

“The previous flight plan was already very conditioned by several restrictions and weak demand, and pointed to a 73 percent reduction in supply in February”, stated TAP according to Lusa News agency.

Among the new measures adopted to combat the pandemic are the requirement to present negative tests on boarding, the imposition of quarantines, the ban on entry of travellers and citizens of the countries most affected by the pandemic, the suspension and ban on flights and mandatory lockdowns.

“Alongside the ban and suspension of flights relating to air connections between Portugal and countries such as the United Kingdom, Angola, Brazil and Germany, is added the new framework of the Portuguese state of emergency, which determines the prohibition of the movement of nationals out of the national territory, in line with the European and world trend, and the temporary restriction of all non-essential trips”, stressed TAP.

TAP will continue to ensure the connections between Lisbon, Porto, Madeira and the Azores,as well as with cities with significant Portuguese communities (Newark and Boston, in the United States of America, Toronto , in Canada, Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, Paris, Nice, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Milan and Rome, in Europe, and Bissau, Conakry, Dakar, Maputo, Praia, São Vicente and São Tomé and Príncipe, in Africa).

“We will ensure flights on all routes where they are possible, in order to respond to the mission of transporting our customers back home, and we will seek, together with the Portuguese and foreign authorities, to carry out humanitarian flights and repatriation, whenever these are necessary”, guaranteed the airline.

The carrier also stated that all reservations for flights can be changed free of charge.