Pedro Costa Ferreira
was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 47th National Congress of the
Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT), which takes
place in Ponta Delgada, in the Azores.
"To do! The theme
of our congress. For too long we have been surrounded by a wave of analysts and
commentators, deceived by a policy of announcing measures that do not take
effect, pushed into the voracity of news that does not correspond, later, to
For the president of
APAVT, it is urgent to achieve "in the macroeconomy growth", at the
business level "productivity and economic and financial recovery", in
the tourism sector "the maintenance of economic leadership" in
Portugal, and “international competitiveness".
And it is in
maintaining leadership and competitiveness that travel agencies most fear
glimpse of another economic sector that dynamises the country, due to the
anachronistic, shameful and disabling situation of Lisbon's air accessibility.
We have been following this process for more than ten years, we have good and
well-founded reasons for not believing in a decision in 2023. And without a
decision, obviously, we cannot believe in a solution that will be implemented
in the coming years", said Pedro Costa Ferreira.
Thus, APAVT says that
it only remains for them to "demand that they do what at the moment still
seems possible to do, which are the works at Portela airport, allowing to
improve the operability and efficiency of this infrastructure".
gentlemen, simply let the works advance. They will not avoid the shame, which
has been attached to all those who contributed to the current situation, but at
least they will mitigate the consequences of this process, which is as tragic
as it is ridiculous".