Returning to expressing confidence that the plan will be approved by the end of the year, the government official warned that "if TAP does not have the restructuring plan approved, it will close and Portugal will lose its central position in the aviation business".

According to Pedro Nuno Santos, without TAP, the ‘hub’ (flight connection centre) in Portugal will be located in Madrid.

“We are talking about the only airline operating in Portugal that has a hub, which makes intercontinental trips between Brazil, USA, Africa and Portugal and distributes to the rest of Europe”, he stressed.