If the still CEO of TAP is expected to leave her duties at the end of the month, the boss, Luís Rodrigues, would only join the airline no sooner than mid-April . The appointment of an interim CEO is being considered.

The Minister of Infrastructure, João Galamba, met on Monday with many of the TAP unions to inform them of the changes in the company's management. One of the pieces of information shared is that the new CEO, Luís Rodrigues, who is still the head of Azores airline SATA, will not come on board at the beginning of April.

Asked about a concrete date, an official would only say that it would be in “mid-April”, says Ricardo Penarroias, president of the National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC).

The departure of the current CEO should take place by the end of the month . The Minister of Infrastructure has already expressed the desire for her to leave “as soon as possible”

Even without the two fired TAP executives, the board of directors still has a quorum to meet, albeit reduced to seven members. In the case of an airline, one of the requirements that must be fulfilled is the designation of an accountable manager before the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), a function that is presently performed by Christine Ourmière-Widener.

In the meeting with the unions, the minister asked them to act responsibly during the transition period between CEOs. “The minister called for the maintenance of social peace and compliance with the restructuring plan”, says Ricardo Penarroias, from SNPVAC.

The privatization of the airline was also discussed, which several unions are opposed to, including SINTAC. One of the demands was that the sale of capital ensure the maintenance of the hub at Lisbon airport, which has been defended by the Government led by António Costa.