Airline operator Sevenair has announced that the Portimão-Bragança air link will be “temporarily suspended” on February 22.
The company made the announcement in a short statement posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday, explaining that it will be re-launched as soon as the public contract granting the operator control of the air link is signed.
While Sevenair has apologised to its clients and said that the situation is out of its control, the government has provided a different take on the situation.
Contacted by state news agency Lusa, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing said that the concession contract has not yet been signed or approved because the company has yet to send “its statement of accounts”.
The ministry explains that it cannot provide the air link with funding until it receives the above-mentioned document.
Sevenair has since fired back, saying that government’s statement is “completely erroneous and could only have been made due to a lack of knowledge about the proceedings of a concession contract”.