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TAP Air Portugal introduces Porto – Brussels flights

TAP Air Portugal has made this announcement:

TAP inaugurated nonstop flights from Porto to Brussels on July 1. There will be two flights from Porto to the Belgian capital every day, at 7:00 a.m. and 5:35 p.m., arriving in Brussels at 10:30 a.m. and 9:05 p.m. respectively.

This is a special week for the airline in Porto because, apart from inaugurating the Porto-Brussels flight routes, TAP is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of its northern base this Tuesday.

As of September 1, TAP is also going to inaugurate two new routes from Porto to Lyon and Munich. With these new routes being launched from Porto airport, TAP will be operating 19 direct flights from Porto to other European destinations, the United States and Brazil. With a total of 288 flights a week, this is 25% more than the 234 flights the airline operated from Porto in 2015 before it was privatised.

The new routes that TAP inaugurated this year from Porto represent a 34% increase in direct flights from Porto to Europe compared to last year. It is further recalled that the airline had increased its connections to Europe in 2018 with the start of the operations to Barcelona, London City, Milan and Ponta Delgada.

This TAP investment in Porto was only possible due to its larger fleet size. TAP is going to receive 37 new aircraft by the end of this year and 71 by 2025. With this new fleet, the airline will be able to fly to new destinations and offer more flights on existing routes. The flights to new destinations in North America that are already in operation are San Francisco, Washington and Chicago. In addition, TAP has already started running medium-haul flights to Naples, Tenerife, Telavive, Dublin and Basil in 2019.

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TAP launches Airbus A321LR service from Porto to New York

TAP Air Portugal yesterday (June 1) launched its first Airbus A321LR trans-Atlantic service from Porto to New York.

The airline is wrongly claiming this is the world’s first A321LR trans-Atlantic revenue flight but this was already accomplished by Air Transat on May 15, 2019, from Montréal (Trudeau) to Nantes, France.

All photos by TAP.

TAP Air Portugal to add Conakry in July

TAP Air Portugal will begin to fly between Lisbon and Conakry from July 3 onwards, offering three weekly flights between the two capitals.


Flights will depart from Lisbon on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7.25 pm and arrive in Conakry at 11.10 pm. In the opposite direction, flights will depart from Guinea’s capital on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays at 12.05 am and arrive in the Portuguese capital at 5.30 am (local time).

With the launch of this new route to the African continent, TAP will cover 17 African cities in 11 countries. In addition to Conakry (Guinea), the carrier also flies to Luanda (Angola), Maputo (Mozambique), S. Tome (Sao Tome and Principe), Bissau (Guinea-Bissau), Praia, Sal, Sao Vicente and Boa Vista (Cape Verde), Marrakesh, Casablanca, Tangier and Fez (Morocco), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Accra (Ghana) and Lomé (Togo).

In 2018, TAP’s African routes saw a significant rise in the number of passengers: 116,000 more than in 2017, totaling 1.1 million passengers, which is a growth of 11.2% compared to the previous year.

TAP grew more than 10 percent in 2018 and carried about 16 million passengers

TAP Air Portugal issued this statement:

The routes that contributed more to this significant growth were the European ones (excluding Portugal), in which TAP transported 932 thousand passengers more than in 2017, equivalent to over 10.7 percent.

On flights between Lisbon, Porto and Faro, TAP transported for the first time more than one million passengers, reaching 1.1 million, which represents a growth of 9.4 percent over the previous year.

The flights between the mainland and the Azores and Madeira recorded the highest relative growth of 13.5 percent, totaling 1.3 million passengers, 156 thousand more than in the previous year.

The African routes operated by TAP had a considerable increase in the number of passengers, with 116 thousand more than in 2017, for a total of 1.1 million passengers, this represents an increase of 11.3 percent.

TAP’s major bet and investment in the North American market was reflected in the 9.6 percent increase in the number of passengers transported, which increased by 70 thousand when compared to 2017, for a total of 800 thousand.


The routes in Brazil continue to be decisive for TAP and also saw a strong increase in the number of passengers transported over the past year.

In total, TAP transported between Portugal and Brazil, to and from the 11 cities where it operates in this country, 1.7 million passengers, 124 thousand more, or 7.8 percent more, than in 2017.

As for the main indicators used in the air transport industry, in terms of ASK (available seat kilometers, a measure of available seats), TAP had, in 2018, a 12.3 percent growth, for a total of 47 million.

The RPK (Revenue Passenger Kilometers, a measure for seat demand) increased by 9,6 percent to a total of 38 million.

Both indicators show that the TAP growth is well above the industry growth averages at European and global level.

With an increase in supply (ASK) 2.7 percentage points higher than the increase in demand (RPK), the Load Factor was 81 percent, two percentage points less than in 2017, placing TAP’s occupancy rate at levels similar to the average of other European companies (81.7 percent) and above the world average which, in 2018, was close to 80 percent (publicly released data by IATA relating to the cumulative until November, 2018).

All photos by TAP.

TAP Air Portugal to add more destinations from Porto

TAP Portugal - Air Portugal Airbus A321-251N WL CS-TJI (msn 8270) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943522.

TAP Air Portugal has made this announcement:

TAP’s new destinations from Porto are now on sale. Brussels, Lyon and Munich are European cities to which TAP will offer direct flights from Porto in 2019.

Flights to the capital of Belgium begin on July 1 with two daily flights. Departures from Porto are at 7:00 a.m. and 5:35 p.m., arriving in Brussels at 10:30 a.m. and 9:05 p.m., respectively.

TAP operations to Lyon, France and Munich, Germany, will begin on September 1. Flights to Lyon will be twice daily: departure from Porto at 6:30 a.m. and arrival in Lyon at 9:35 a.m. and departure from Porto at 6:30 p.m. and arrival in the French city at 9:35 p.m.

For Munich, TAP operations will begin with a daily flight departing from Porto at 12:15 p.m. and arriving in the German city at 3:55 p.m.

This increase in routes from the Porto Airport allows TAP to operate 19 direct routes from Porto to airports in Europe, the United States and also Brazil, in a total of 288 weekly flights.

The new routes that TAP will inaugurate this year from Porto represent a 34% increase in direct connections from Porto to Europe compared to last year. Nevertheless, in 2018 the company had already increased the number of connections to Europe with the launch of operations to Barcelona, London (London City Airport), Milan and Ponta Delgada.

The opening of new routes this year is possible thanks to the reinforcement of aircraft that TAP is carrying out.

TAP will receive 37 new aircraft by the end of this year and 71 by 2025.

In North America, San Francisco, Washington and Chicago are the new long haul destinations for 2019 already on sale.

Naples, Tenerife, Tel Aviv, Dublin and Basel are also new routes that TAP has already announced for 2019.

In other news, TAP took delivery of two additional Airbus A330-900neo aircraft on January 10. By the end of 2019, TAP will receive another 16 Airbus A330-900neos in addition to the three already delivered.

The Airbus A330-900neo has 298 seats comfortably arranged across three cabin classes: 34 seats in executive, 96 in economy plus and 168 in economy. The new Airspace by Airbus cabin offers each passenger more space, bigger luggage compartments and an innovative cabin lighting system. The new aircraft will be used to enhance TAP’s long-haul operations.

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The Airbus A330-900neo is a state-of-the-art aircraft. It includes the latest generation and super efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbines, a larger wing with 3D optimisation and new sharklets to provide the best aerodynamic performance. These advances result in a 10-12% reduction in fuel consumption compared to last generation aircraft of a similar size.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A321-251N WL CS-TJI (msn 8270) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943522.

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TAP Air Portugal to add Chicago and Washington

First Airbus A330neo

TAP Air Portugal aims to double operations in North America in the next years and is expanding again, adding two new routes to the United States in 2019 with nonstop service from Lisbon, to Washington, DC and Chicago.

TAP will commence five round-trip flights per week between Chicago O’Hare and Lisbon on June 1, 2019, and then add five weekly round-trips between Washington-Dulles and Lisbon on June 16, 2019.

Flights will depart Chicago O’Hare at 6:05 PM, arriving in Lisbon at 7:50 AM (next day).  Returning flights leave Lisbon at 1:05 PM, arriving at O’Hare at 4:05 PM.  From Washington Dulles, flights will depart at 10:40 PM, arriving in Lisbon at 10:50 AM (next day).  Returning flights leave Lisbon at 4:30 PM, arriving at Dulles at 7:40 PM.

TAP is the launch carrier for the brand new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, with 19 planned for delivery until the end of 2019.  In all, TAP has a new fleet of 71 brand new aircraft being delivered until 2025, also including 19 A320neos, 17 A321neos, and 14 A321 Long Range jets. This huge fleet growth allows TAP to launch new destinations and spread the global network offered to the airline’s costumers.

The A330neo will feature the new Airspace by Airbus cabin.   The economy cabin now comprises two categories:  Economy and EconomyXtra. The configuration and design provide a fresh atmosphere, with more legroom, deeper seat recline, and new seat covers in shades of green and gray in Economy, and green and red in EconomyXtra.

In TAP’s Executive business class, the configuration now comprises 34 new fully-flat reclining chairs that are more than six feet long when fully reclined.

Also, TAP has powered up its new business class chairs to include USB slots and individual electrical sockets, connections for headphones, individual reading lights, and more space, including more storage room.

“We have 10 gateways in Brazil with service from Portugal.  We believe we can support the same number to the US.  So, we have several more new destinations in North America in our planning.  USA are already TAP’s third major market worldwide and has great potential for further growth. Our network beyond Lisbon is also growing.  We now serve 55 destinations in Europe and 17 in Africa and most of our passengers fly with TAP to final destinations beyond Portugal”, says Antonoaldo Neves, TAP’s CEO.

TAP introduced the Portugal Stopover program in 2016 to further attract the ‘beyond Lisbon’ guest.   Travelers to all of TAP’s European and African served destinations can enjoy up to five nights in Lisbon or Porto along the way, for no extra airfare.

The Portugal Stopover comprises a network of more than 150 partners who provide exclusive offers for Stopover customers for hotels and shopping discounts and even a free bottle of Portuguese wine in participating restaurants.

Travelers can also enjoy a stopover in Lisbon or Porto even if their final destination is in Portugal, such as:  Faro (Algarve); Ponta Delgada or Terceira (the Azores); and, Funchal or Porto Santo (Madeira).

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A330-941N F-WWKM (CS-TUA) (msn 1819) FAB (Antony J. Best). Image: 942899.

TAP aircraft slide show:

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airBaltic and TAP Air Portugal to start codeshare flights

airBaltic and the national airline of Portugal TAP Air Portugal has concluded a cooperation agreement, known as codeshare agreement. This partnership will enable airBaltic passengers more and diversified options to travel within the vast network of TAP Air Portugal including Brazil, Portugal and Africa. In turn this agreement will offer TAP Air Portugal passengers better connectivity to the Baltics, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

TAP Air Portugal will place its flight code TP on direct flights between Riga and Lisbon operated by airBaltic as well as via common gateways between TAP Air Portugal network and Riga.

TAP Air Portugal serves 83 destinations in 35 countries worldwide. TAP hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, North, Central and South America, where TAP stands out as the international leading carrier in operation to Brazil.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. 

Photo: TAP and airBaltic.