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TAP boosts Lisbon and Porto services for summer 2023

TAP Air Portugal’s new summer 2023 schedule will see frequencies on several popular intercontinental routes rise from the airline’s Lisbon hub.

The peak summer season will see the carrier introduce 10 additional weekly flights to five North American cities, with Boston services increasing to double daily, Miami and Washington to 10, and Chicago and San Francisco to five.

TAP will also boost flights to Brazil, with Sao Paulo increasing to 20 services a week, Belo Horizonte to seven, Brasilia and Salvador to six, and Belem to four.

These enhanced frequencies to the Americas are in line with soaring customer demand and consolidate its connections to two of the airline’s most important source markets for tourism – the US and Brazil.

Schedules have been retimed so that flight connections are faster for customers, increasing their accessibility.

The Portuguese diaspora in Venezuela will benefit from one more flight a week to Caracas, now totalling three flights a week.

Links to Tel Aviv, in Israel, will also be strengthened with a daily service next summer, meanwhile, Faro will have one more flight a day, increasing to four.

TAP’s Lisbon summer 2023 schedule is also improving frequencies on its popular European routes, with the island of Porto Santo in Madeira, again benefiting from the return of a daily service.

TAP will also launch two new seasonal summer services to destinations in the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca and Menorca, with four flights per week each.

The party island of Ibiza also returns to the schedule this summer, with an increase from five to seven flights per week, along with other seasonal routes resuming to Naples in Italy and Tangiers in Morocco.

Top Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A319-112 CS-TTS (msn 1765) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 959873.

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TAP increases flight frequencies to key markets for summer 2023

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.

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TAP’s new look Lisbon lounge welcomes back premium customers

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.

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Could easyJet and TAP be purchase targets of IAG?

International Airlines Group (IAG) has a large cash reserve. According to The Times, IAG could use this cash reserve to acquire additional airlines for the group.

New speculation includes British Airways’ rival easyJet and TAP Portugal which the Portuguese government wants to unload.

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Top Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-251N WL G-UZHI (msn 8304) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 959270.

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TAP has a new wine list featuring Portuguese wines

TAP Air Portugal has introduced a new wine list that includes an exclusive selection of Portuguese wines from the country’s main producing regions.

The new wine list, which will be offered to TAP customers until 2024, includes a selection of 43 wines from eight different regions, representing 24 expertly sourced local producers.

Over the two-year contract, TAP will purchase from these local producers and is expected to serve more than one a million bottles of Portuguese wine on board the airline’s flights over this period.

TAP’s new wine list was selected by a panel of top Portuguese and international wine specialists, seeking to ensure the best wine experience and most variety for each customer.

As a national ambassador, TAP works to promote Portuguese products and the best Portugal has to offer.

Top Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A330-202 CS-TOP (msn 934) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 959229.

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TAP Air Portugal grows by 4.8% in the first six months of 2019

TAP Air Portugal carried 8 million passengers in first half 2019

  • Number of passengers carried rises in the Company’s total network
  • North America recorded the largest increase (+ 9.6%)
  • European routes, excluding Portugal, with the highest number of passengers carried (4.8 million)
  • Azores and Madeira with 4.9 percent increase in traffic

In the first six months of the year, TAP Air Portugal carried around 8 million passengers (7.9 million), representing a growth of 4.8 percent over the previous year.

The Company was able to record passenger increases in all network sectors it operates (except South and Central Atlantic), especially North America, with 9.6 percent more passengers transported, for a total of 428 thousand, and Africa, where TAP grew 8.5 percent to 586,000 passengers.

Brazil experienced a slight slowdown, with 2 percent fewer passengers in the first half, but with the most recent months already showing signs of a recovery. In June, for example, TAP carried 3.4 percent more in Brazilian routes than in the same month of 2018.

On European routes – excluding Portugal – TAP had the highest absolute growth, reaching 4.8 million passengers, 227 thousand more, or 4.9 percent, than in the first six months of the previous year.

In flights between mainland Portugal airports (Lisbon, Porto and Faro), TAP grew 1.8 percent. In the Azores and Madeira routes, the national airline increased by 4.9 per cent, reaching 633,000 passengers on all routes to and from the Autonomous Regions.

Also noteworthy is the Lisbon-Porto “Ponte Aérea”, with growth in the first half of 5.8 percent for the 400,000 passengers.

It is recalled that, traditionally, the first semester always has lower records than the second semester. Additionally, TAP launched new routes during the first half (Tel Aviv, Basel and Dublin on March 31, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Naples and Tenerife throughout June) and some already in the second half in July (Conakry and Porto-Brussels), with their impact on traffic growth only fully felt in the second half of the year.

In September, the Company will also open flights between Porto and Munich and Lyon and between Lisbon and Banjul. The effect of the new routes, coupled with the traditional higher traffic of the second half, allows TAP to state that in 2019 the airline will surpass all records in the number of passengers carried.

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TAP to fly to Banjul, Gambia

TAP Portugal - Air Portugal Airbus A320-214 WL CS-TNT (msn 4095) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946599.

TAP will begin flying to Banjul, the capital of The Gambia, on October 26, 2019. TAP will offer three flights per week from Lisbon.

This is another example of the national airline strengthening its service to Africa, a market in which TAP has recorded significant growth.

The service will use Airbus A320 aircraft, with three flights per week, leaving Lisbon at 20:55 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arriving in Banjul at 00:10 the next day. The flights will then leave Banjul at 01:05 (on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays), arriving at Humberto Delgado Airport at 06:05 (all times local).

TAP flies to the following destinations in Africa: Morocco (Marrakesh, Casablanca, Tangier and Fez), Cape Verde (Sal, Praia, S. Vicente and Boa Vista), Senegal (Dakar), Guinea-Bissau (Bissau), Ivory Coast (Abidjan), Togo (Lomé), Ghana (Accra), S. Tomé and Príncipe (S. Tomé), Angola (Luanda) and Mozambique (Maputo) – a total of 16 cities in 10 countries.

The new destination of Banjul, in The Gambia, and the recently announced start of flights to Conakry, in Guinea, bring the number of African countries and cities the national airline directly serves from Portugal to 12 and 18, respectively.

TAP carried more than 1.1 million passengers on its African routes in 2018, an increase of 11.3% compared to the previous year. TAP continues its growth in Africa with these new destinations for 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A320-214 WL CS-TNT (msn 4095) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946599.

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For the first time in it’s 74 year history, TAP has 100 aircraft

TAP has released this statement:

  • TAP has received yet another Airbus A330neo, bringing the total number of aircraft of the company’s fleet to 100;
  • The new aircraft have enabled record growth to be achieved in the United States. TAP was the fastest growing European airline over the past four years on routes between Europe and the United States;
  • On average, each new TAP aircraft results in €28 million in duties and taxes each year to the Portuguese economy. And more than 750 jobs in Portugal.

On May 20, TAP marks a historic day in its 74 year history. With the arrival of another A330neo – CS-TUI, which has been named King Afonso Henriques – the company has 100 aircraft in its fleet for the first time.

The renovation of the TAP fleet, with 71 new aircraft due to arrive by 2025, is one of the main pillars of the new shareholders’ Strategic Plan. This was presented and approved by the Portuguese State when the company was privatised in 2015. A significant part of TAP’s transformation and modernisation rests on these latest generation aircraft, offering more seats and lower costs.

The new aircraft allow new routes to be opened and help TAP diversify its income streams. The company continues to grow in Brazil, a market in which it retains market leadership for connections to Europe, with a 22.8% increase in the number of passengers carried between 2015 and 2018. We also have a strong commitment to the North Atlantic market, where there has been a 176.5% growth in passenger numbers between 2015 and 2018, alongside almost four-fold growth in the number of seats available in four years.

TAP was the fastest growing European airline on routes to the United States, offering 245,000 more seats compared to 2015.

The new fleet is also an important contribution to the country. Each new TAP airline makes a significant contribution to the country’s GDP, generating an average of €28 million in duties and taxes each year for the Portuguese economy and creating more than 750 jobs in Portugal, on average.

The growth in TAP’s fleet has, in just four years, put the company above the average of other leading European airlines in terms of growth: TAP’s fleet grew by 21% between 2015 and 2018, while other European airlines have grown 13% on average, according to data from Flight Global.

TAP’s passenger numbers have also grown faster than the average of other leading European airlines: The number of passengers carried between 2015 and 2018 is up 39%, compared to the average of 19% for our European competitor airlines.

TAP will continue receiving new aircraft for the rest of this year, and will open new routes – flights to Chicago, San Francisco and Washington start in June. TAP will also bring more tourists to Portugal. In 2018, TAP brought 4 million tourists to Portugal, who contributed more than €5.5 billion to the national economy.

TAP Portugal puts its first Airbus A320neo delivery of 2019 into service, expands at Porto

"Padre Américo", TAP's first A320neo, delivered April 7, 2018

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On March 2, TAP debuted its new Airbus A320neo CS-TVB, with flight TP1699 from Lisbon to Funchal. This is the first model of this jetliner to arrive at the company this year.

The new Airbus A320neo, which is now part of the TAP Medium-Haul fleet, offers 174 seats. By the end of this year, TAP will receive 37 new airliners of the four Airbus models: A320neo, A321neo, A321LR, and A330neo.

TAP plans to receive 71 new aircraft by 2025, making it one of the most modern fleets in the world. The TAP fleet currently includes two Airbus A320neo, five Airbus A321neo, and three Airbus A330neo.

Above Photo: TAP/SpotterBR. Last week, the Airbus A330neo flew for the first time from Lisbon to Brasília.

In other news, TAP has announced an increase in the number of departures from Porto. Recently, TAP had announced new flights between Porto and Newark, moving from the current two flights per week to six weekly flights.

TAP flights between Porto and Newark will be operated by one of the most modern jetliners in the world: the Airbus A321 Long Range, an aircraft that offers high levels of comfort, efficiency, and technology. Flights between Porto and São Paulo will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

With these new flights from Porto Airport, TAP will operate 288 connections per week. This includes 19 direct flights from Porto to Brazil, the US and Europe.

TAP’s new destinations from Porto – Brussels, Lyon and Munich – represent a 34% increase in direct connections from Porto to Europe, compared to last year. TAP’s investment in Porto is only possible thanks to the expansion of its fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Sister aircraft: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A320-251N WL CS-TVA (msn 8043) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 944440.

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