TAP Air Portugal and Cascais City Council have signed an agreement for the expansion of the airline’s Training Centre at Cascais Municipal Aerodrome.

Located just 20km west of Lisbon at Cascais Municipal Aerodrome, the TAP training centre is in addition to the airline’s main flight training centre at Lisbon Airport

Thanks to the new deal, the expansion of the training infrastructure will be done in two phases. In the first phase, the two existing flight simulators (Airbus A320 and A330) will be joined by a new Airbus A320 simulator.

In the second phase, four more simulators will be installed, depending on partnerships with third parties, bringing the total number to seven.

The expansion creates an aviation university and professional training center as part of the TAP Academy.

Luís Rodrigues, TAP President, said: “Both the areas of training and maintenance and engineering are of great added value, so it makes sense for us to do this In Portugal as we value our people.

“Our training ecosystem here in Portugal has the opportunity to create a new centre of excellence, instead of paying for expensive services abroad and Cascais perfectly understood the importance of this opportunity.”

Carlos Carreiras, Cascais Mayor, said: “Cascais and TAP have created a virtuous partnership and are committed to creating a world-class aviation centre of excellence in our country.

“That this vision is fulfilled from Tires, São Domingos de Rana, is revealing of the efforts of this municipality to drive development, create value chains and employment in all parts of the Municipality.”

In addition to the new simulators, training spaces will be created for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians and Cabin Crew.

The partnership also stipulates that space and facilities be made available for TAP Maintenance and Engineering so that t various activities, including engine maintenance, can take place.

Space will also be made available for maintenance of PGA’s (Portugália Airlines) Embraer 190/195 fleet, reinforcing the airline’s maintenance capacity.
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