Travel Agencies call for urgent decisions to resolve airport inoperability
The Diario reports on concern being voiced by Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT) over the situation at Madeira airport.
The bankruptcy of the Germania airline, in the wake of what happened in the recent past with carriers Monarch, Air Berlin and Lauda Air, is yet another blow to Madeira’s tourism, already over-exposed by the growing inoperability of Madeira airport, for the rapid replacement of traffic affected by these situations.
“It is ironic that when the International Air Transport Association continues to demand from our sector more and more guarantees and to impose increasing restrictions on activity, it is its own associates to announce, one after the other, bankruptcies that leave consumers with no solution, and the destinations and all their stakeholders affected, “says the president of APAVT, Pedro Costa Ferreira.
He urges the Government and all competent authorities to take urgent decisions to adopt policies and investments to resolve the recent inoperability of Madeira airport.
“In a destination whose economy depends on tourism, it is incomprehensible and unacceptable that nothing is done to solve this problem. The replacement of the traffic carried by these failed carriers, as well as the development of new connections, is absolutely dependent on the airport’s operation. And the same is true of the transport of residents themselves, “says Costa Ferreira.