The executive president of TAP, Christimières-Widener decided that this Saturday was crucial for the airport solution for the region and made the route a national decision of Lisbon.
Christine Ourmières-Widener conveyed this position in statements to journalists during a special TAP flight from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro to commemorate the centenary of the South Atlantic crossing, in which he also traveled to the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
“We would like to see a decision. A decision is important for the future of TAP, but also for the future of Portugal, because the infrastructure we deal with today [o Aeroporto Humberto Delgado, em Lisboa] has some constraints,” said Christine Ourmières-Widener, speaking in English.
“Therefore, with all the decisions and work”, added the executive president of TAP
Christine Ourmières-Widener, who gave statements to journalists before arriving in Rio de Janeiro, who considered this special commercial flight “is very important”, because “it is a celebration of a great achievement of discoverers”.
“Brazil is our main market outside Portugal, which is also why this flight is important”, he stressed.
The executive president of TAP referred that the The airline has been to where there are few flights to all destinations in this country before the start of the covid-19 pandemic: “We are trying our best, with the capacity we have”.
“It’s Brazil, it’s the discovery, it’s the crossing of the South Atlantic. So there are many reasons why they are so important,” she concluded.
The plane on which you made this special flight is a Airbus A330neo decorated with a cross of Christ and christened “Santa Cruz” – the same name as the Fairey III seaplane with which in 1922 Sacadura Cabral and Gago Coutinho made the last part of the trip – which left Lisbon around midnight on Friday and landed this morning at the António Carlos Jobim International Airport, in Rio de Janeiro.