SCQ83 wrote:I wonder what will happen now that TAP will be nationalised.
I imagine a few routes will be chopped. On the other hand, I reckon if TAP would just focus on LIS and will decrease or just close OPO's hub. If that is the case, LIS-SCQ's will make more sense.
SCQ83 wrote:I don't see it that way.
It never made any sense in a country the size of Portugal to have two hubs (LIS and OPO). The only reason for this was LIS was full and the market was booming. Now LIS is not full anymore and the market has collapsed.
I don't see what "political pressure" will make the North. Is it going to become independent (like Catalonia or Padania)? No. Will it set up "Linhas Aéreas Portuguesas do Norte"? Who knows; it would be a failure.
airbazar wrote:I don't think that you fully understand the political environment in Portugal. To win a national election a party needs votes in the north and south. You cannot win a national election by ignoring or alienating either greater Porto or greater Lisbon. BA can ignore Manchester because they are not government owned.
dfpinto wrote:I have to agree with our fellow user from Santiago. Portugal is too small for a 2 hub operation and looking at the near-future prospects, people all over the country should be more worried if they'll have a job and food on the table rather than a direct connection to Milan.
I followed this case on the news and honestly it's getting so exhausting. They're kicking out Neeleman from the shareholder structure and selling it as a victory. You have one of the best entrepreneurs in the industry backing you up, but that's not good enough apparently, because it doesn't get you votes. I think we really need another Troika to put some sense into these politicians.
SCQ83 wrote:airbazar wrote:I don't think that you fully understand the political environment in Portugal. To win a national election a party needs votes in the north and south. You cannot win a national election by ignoring or alienating either greater Porto or greater Lisbon. BA can ignore Manchester because they are not government owned.
I understand Portugal. There is nothing exceptional about it, as some of you want to picture it. There is nothing exceptional about OPO which at best is a secondary market. There are political elections and "regionalisms" in every other country in Europe. And in the upcoming crisis (which undoubtedly will make Portugal head towards a major economic crash), the last worry of most people in Northern Portugal is whether TAP has flights to Milan or Brussels from OPO.
Alitalia (nationalised) has largely ignored the wealthier, more populated North of Italy (which wants to become independent) to favour Rome. Iberia (even before privatisation) ignored Barcelona (and Catalonia) historically. And Milan and Barcelona are much more key and "controversial" markets than OPO, being Portugal a very "homogeneous" country.
Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe
Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days
Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit
Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior
Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft
Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials
Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions
Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin
Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon
Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos
Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft
Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries
Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground
Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos