TAP Air Portugal (TAP) is to increase its routes to the Americas in the summer of 2023, offering a total of 17 additional flights during this peak period.
This rise, compared to the same period in 2022, will restore pre-pandemic flight levels, and provide more freedom to customers when booking summer holidays.
In line with customer demand, routes to the US are set to gain an additional 10 flights per week next year, with Boston increasing to 14, both Miami and Washington up to 10, and five to Chicago and San Francisco.
TAP will also boost the number of flights to Brazil, with six new weekly services, with Sào Paulo increasing to 20, Belo Horizonte to seven, six to Salvador and Brasília, and four to Belém.
Flights between Lisbon and Caracas will increase from two to three flights per week, allowing improved connectivity to Venezuela.
The growth in transatlantic flights from Lisbon is critical to TAP’s goals, with further plans for their Porto hub in the pipeline for the future.
Top Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal Airbus A330-223 CS-TOG (msn 312) OPO (Ton Jochems). Image: 959704.
TAP Air Portugal (TAP) has reopened the doors to its new look Lisbon lounge following a comprehensive refurbishment for premium customers.
The month-long renovation has completely remodernized and expanded the airline’s airport experience to comfortably offer access to up to 320 premium customers at the same time.
Operated in partnership with organic food supplier Go Natural, who work alongside some of the top restaurants in the country, putting a greater emphasis on Portuguese provenance.
Furnishings feature the airline’s green and brown signature colour palette to create a warm, natural and more welcoming environment with more space, more plants and a redesigned refreshment and dining area.
Customers will be able to choose from an enhanced selection of Portuguese dining options including desserts, and select a delicious meal for every hour of the day.
From January, a choice of both hot and cold dishes will be available, showcasing Portugal’s world-famous gastronomy, including offering gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.
Eligible customers able to access the newly revamped lounge include those flying in Executive Class, as well as those with TAP Miles & Go Silver, TAP Miles & Go Gold or Star Alliance Gold status, and those holding TAP Platinum Visa cards.
TAP’s investment in the new Premium Lounge in Lisbon is part of the airline’s strategy to reprioritise an enhanced customer service experience, both on the ground and in the air.
Earlier this week, TAP also announced a new partnership with Teleperformance, a global leader in integrated digital services, to make the entire TAP customer support process more agile, efficient, and fast.
Top Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A321-251N WL CS-TJN (msn 8318) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 959692.
Lisbon-Maceió, Lisbon-Montreal and Lisbon-Ponta Delgada-Boston are TAP’s new routes.
Unbeatable economy and efficiency of new aircraft drive the Company’s growth.
In four years, TAP already serves the same number of North American cities as it does in Brazil.
TAP continues to invest heavily in the Americas and once again expands its network of transatlantic destinations with the launch of three new routes: Maceió, in Brazil; Montreal, Canada; and Lisbon-Ponta Delgada-Boston, in the United States, all starting next year.
The Company’s three new connections reinforce TAP’s growth commitment in Brazilian and North Atlantic markets.
A321LR allows expansion of operation in Brazil
Relative to Brazil, this is the first time in five years that the Portuguese Company announces a new route.
In 2020, Maceió, capital of the northeast state of Alagoas, is the latest city in Brazil to be served by TAP’s new generation Airbus NEO aircraft, thus becoming TAP’s 11th Brazilian destination.
Maceió is a great destination for families and lovers of sun, sea and culture. Warm, turquoise beaches for all tastes, golden sand and coconut tree-lined roads are some of the undeniable beauties of the this exciting new destination in TAP’s Brazilian network.
The route will have three weekly frequencies. Departures from Lisbon are at 17:15 with arrival at the Brazilian destination at 21:15, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Investment in the most modern, efficient and comfortable equipment, notably the introduction of the new A321LR aircraft, allows TAP to also increase frequencies for the cities of Natal and Belém, increasing from three to five flights per week for each one. TAP’s A321LR is an exceptionally efficient aircraft in terms of fuel consumption and reduced carbon emissions. The aircraft’s smaller size and lower trip costs permits TAP to operate profitability in smaller markets that cannot be regularly served by larger widebody aircraft.
With the strengthening of the network in Brazil next year, TAP will operate in this market a total of 92 weekly frequencies, 15 more than in 2015.
Despite increasing competition in the Brazilian market, TAP maintained its market share at around 26%, with the European Company offering more routes and providing more seats. In 2018 alone, TAP carried 89% of passengers with direct flights between Brazil and Portugal.
TAP grows from three to 11 North Atlantic routes
The inauguration of the Lisbon-Montreal and Ponta Delgada-Boston route shows the achievement of one of the strategic paths outlined since the beginning of TAP’s transformation process: the conquest of the North Atlantic.
The Canadian City with French Feeling: Montreal
Canada’s second largest city is TAP’s newest North Atlantic destination. Montreal is multicultural, cosmopolitan and has French feeling. Due to its historical heritage, the official language of the city is French, being the second largest francophone city after Paris in France.
To weather the cold and heavy snow during the winter, Montreal has one of the largest underground cities in the world, extending practically all over the city, with over 1500 stores and over 2000 restaurants. There are more than 30 kilometers of tunnels that make it easy to connect the main points of interest in the city.
The Airline will operate six weekly frequencies between Lisbon and Montreal. Flights depart to the new destination in North America from the Portuguese capital every day, except Wednesdays, at 2:55 pm and arrive in the Canadian city at 5:40 pm. And will be available for sale from November 25, with operations beginning next year.
In total, TAP will operate 82 weekly frequencies in the North American market next year, which represents a significant increase in supply compared to 2015, when the Company operated only 16 weekly frequencies. In Portugal, the Company will also increase the number of connections between Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, from 4 to 5 daily.
Ponta Delgada-Boston is one of the strategic routes that reinforce the Company’s growth in the North Atlantic. From 2020, Portugal will have, from Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, two direct routes to Boston, hub city of TAP partner JetBlue, which will allow the Portuguese company to carry even more passengers from various points of the US.
With these new connections and remaining supply increases, TAP expects to carry an additional 390,000 North Americans between Portugal and the North Atlantic next year, increasingly contributing to the national economy and the growth of the tourism. TAP currently carries close to one million passengers from North America to Europe.
North America is already one of the Company’s three main international markets. From 2015 to October 2019, the total number of Customers transported to and from North America has increased by 250%.
Top Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A321-251N WL CS-TJI (msn 8270) LHR (Tony Storck). Image: 947178.