TAP Portugal to launch 10 new routes in 2014

During 2013, TAP launched only two new services from Lisbon, to Boa Vista (Cape Verde) and Tangier (Morocco) while dropping flights to Milan Linate and Turin. The airline’s growth was achieved with no additional aircraft, and primarily through an increase in load factor. 

However, before Christmas, TAP Portugal’s CEO Fernando Pinto announced plans to grow the airline’s network by a further 10 destinations in 2014, with two new Brazilian destinations (Belem and Manaus) launching in June, and a further eight new routes starting in early July.

Launch date

3 June
Manaus (MAO)
3 (A332)
3 June
Belem (BEL) via Manaus
3 (A332)
1 July
Bogota (BOG)
4 (A332)
1 July
Panama City (PTY) via Bogota
4 (A332)
2 July
Gothenburg (GOT)
4 (A32S)
2 July
Nantes (NTE)
6 (ER4)
3 July
Hannover (HAJ)
4 (A32S)
4 July
Tallinn (TLL)
3 (A32S)
Date to confirm
St Petersburg (LED)
tbc (A32S)
date to confirm
Belgrade (BEG)
3 (A32S)

The addition of Hannover brings to six the number of destinations served in Germany; after Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. In 2013, TAP Portugal transported 627,000 passengers on its German routes, representing growth of 18%. The new Hannover route, plus increases in frequencies on the existing routes, means that capacity will be up 22% between the two countries in 2014.

Total weekly seat capacity across the whole network is set to grow this summer by around 8%, with ASKs on track to grow by closer to 12%, thanks to the introduction of the new long-haul routes. Destinations served with at least four daily flights this summer from Lisbon are Barcelona, Brussels, Funchal (Madeira), London Heathrow, Madrid, Milan Malpensa, Paris Orly, Porto and Rome Fiumicino, as well as between Porto and Paris Orly.

This June TAP Portugal will be flying almost twice as many weekly seats between Europe and Brazil as any other airline, offering non-stop flights to 11 Brazilian cities from Lisbon (plus Belem via Manaus), plus two routes to Brazil from Porto. These long-haul routes to Brazil account for just over one-third of the airline’s capacity this summer, if measured by ASKs (Available Seat-Kilometres).

TAP Portugal offers almost twice as many weekly seats between Europe and Brazil as fellow current Star Alliance member TAM Airlines (though TAM joins oneworld at the end of March), with Air France and Lufthansa the next biggest operators in the market. While TAM’s weekly seat capacity is actually down 6.6% this June, TAP Portugal’s is up 11%. The airline will be keen to maximise its impressive links to Brazil this summer, especially while the World Cup is taking place from 12 June to 13 July.

Source: TAP and ANNA.AERO

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