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July 18, 2024

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It’s game on for another round of airline consolidation in Europe. The Portuguese Council of Ministers has approved the plan to privatize TAP Air Portugal and sell 51 percent. At least five percent will be reserved for the airline’s employees, the government announced on Thursday. The state currently is the sole shareholder.

During a press conference, Minister of Finance Fernando Medina said that the privatization has five targets. The first is to ensure that TAP Air Portugal can continue to grow under a new minority owner. The second is that Lisbon can be developed and grow as the main hub beyond the 53 percent market share it has there now. TAP should also grow end-to-end operations and operate to what Media referred to as untapped capacity at domestic airports. The priority is Porto, where low-cost carriers like easyJet and Ryanair have gained market share.

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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.