The Minister of Infrastructure justified his response to Ryanair’s criticism by saying that he did not accept an “invasion or lesson” from Aer Lingus.
Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos (Pedro Nuno Santos) on Monday suggested that Ryanair’s response to the country’s criticism of TAP assistance was reasonable because it did not like “leave the crime to the Portuguese state and the reply”.
Pedro said: “I don’t want the Portuguese country and government not to respond to illegal activities. Not everyone understands that the country and the government must also respect each other. But this is how each of us faces political life.” Nuno Santos During the exhibition of the CV Interilhas ship “Dona Tututa”, the ship was held at the Navaltagus shipyard in Seixal, Setúbal district.
On May 26, in a video conference with the Minister of Infrastructure, Ryanair Group President Michael O’Leary lamented that the Portuguese government “wasted” taxpayers’ money on TAP, believing that it should be applied to schools, hospitals and other infrastructure. Such as the Montijo Airport, not a “failed and expensive airline.”
Pedro Nuno Santos (Pedro Nuno Santos) The Ministry of Health responded in a statement that day, saying that it did not accept Ryanair’s “invasion or lesson”. To ensure that the investment in TAP is “structured”, he lamented that the Irish company is taking advantage of the “difficult situation” and emphasized that “Ryanair is a private company and it does not have to interfere with sovereign decisions made by the government. The Portuguese government”.
Today, when a reporter asked him on this topic, the minister pointed out that a country like Portugal “cannot lose a company that exports 3 billion euros”, as is the case with TAP.
“We are neither Switzerland nor Norway, so we can afford to lose a company of this size effortlessly. We are a country with difficulties in the balance of payments, and we cannot lose a company that exports 3 billion euros. A normal year . This is the effort we are making,” he said.
Pedro Nuno Santos denied that the government was “spending money” by injecting funds into TAP, saying it was “an investment in a company that is vital to the Portuguese economy and connects Portugal to the world.” “.
“TAP is the first European airline to connect Europe with Brazil and more than 10 West African countries—not just Portuguese airlines, but European airlines. This is an effort and we realize that TAP is a national economy It provides more than just what we are investing in,” he defended.
Regarding internal criticism, within PS, regarding his way of speaking to Ryanair, Pedro Nuno Santos refused to “participate in the discussion,” and only stated that he “cannot criticize comrades in public.”