More and more flights are heading to Portugal’s second city, while Spain is also a vital part of TAP’s growing network.
The Portuguese flag carrier TAP has boosted the number of frequencies from Porto for the second time this year, this time to Brazil’s São Paulo, reflecting the increasing popularity of Portugal’s send city.
Recently the airline announced fresh frequencies on its new Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft between Porto and New York-Newark, moving from two flights per week to six.
Only a week ago, Emirates revealed plans to launch flights between Porto and Dubai starting from July.
TAP’s flights between Porto and São Paulo, meanwhile, will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
It will now be operating 288 connections per week, including 19 direct flights from Porto to Brazil, the US and Europe.
The carrier’s new European destinations from Porto – Brussels, Lyon and Munich – represent a 34% increase in direct connections between Porto and the rest of Europe compared to last year.
TAP says its investment in the city is possible thanks to the expansion of its fleet. It will receive 37 new planes by the end of this year and 71 by 2025.
TAP to Spain
TAP’s Spanish routes from Portugal account for 12.1% of all traffic handled by the airline. It flew 1.9 million passengers between Portugal and Spain in 2018.
The carrier says its Lisbon hub plays a crucial role in offering connections to the rest of the TAP network, more specifically to North America, Brazil, Venezuela, Africa, Madeira and the Azores.
It operates 201 weekly flights between Portugal and Spain, with departures from Lisbon to Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Valencia – and now Tenerife – as well as from Porto to Barcelona and Madrid.