South America connections esp Brazil
- Easier access to Azores and Madeirra
- Double daily will compete with Ryanair & Aer Lingus
TAP Portugal are to fly Lisbon Dublin twice daily from March 31 2019 operated by A319/320.
Tap offers onward connections to Madeira, the Azores and 26 airports in Africa and South America. It will compete with Aer Lingus 11w and Ryanair 9w on the Lisbon route, which has seen prices spike in the past summer. Aer Lingus are due to resume Cork Lisbon in October.
Dublin is the 17th busiest route from Lisbon. According to daa, Dublin-Lisbon is already a strong market for Dublin Airport with about 276,000 passengers taking flights between two capital cities in the 12 months to the end of June.
There is a strong market for onward connections to South America from Dublin Airport. There is a significant Brazilian community in Ireland with 10,000 Brazilians living in the Republic of Ireland, according to the 2016 census. Last year, about 152,000 people travelled from Dublin on connecting flights to destinations that are served via the TAP network.
Lisbon-Dublin was previously served by TAP from June 1988 to October 2000 and by Portugalia from March 2003 to May 2006.
The Dublin route is part of a plan by TAP Air Portugal to add eight destinations per year for the next five years, including Basel, Dublin and Tel Aviv in March and Chicago, Washington, and San Francisco to follow
It intends to grow from 10m passengers pa before privatisation in 2015 to 20m 5 years from now.
TAP spent the recession years concentrating on developing North American network as a failsafe against economic uncertainty in Brazil. TAP dropped its service to long-haul flights to Panama City, Manaus and Bogota and replaced them with services to on February 2016, the airline announced the return of New York’s John F. Kennedy International and Boston’s Logan International, Miami and Newasrk form both Lissbon and Porto. IN 2017 they added Toronto.
Short haul expansion last year included 10 routes, some which were previously operated by the airline: Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Alicante and Las Palmas (Spain), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Cologne and Stuttgart (Germany), Fes (Morocco), Lomé (Togo), London City Airport (England) and Toronto (Canada).
The airline has a fleet of 90 aircraft, 68 Airbus and 22 Embraer and ATR aircraft operated on behalf of the regional airline TAP Express.
TAP has been a member of Star Alliance since 2005. On 14 September 2017, TAP Portugal was renamed TAP Air Portugal, going back to the name used between 1979 and 2005.
The busiest long haul routes from Lisbon is Sao Paolo, followed by 2 Luanda, 3 Newark, 4 Rio De Janeiro, 5 JFK, 6 Toronto, 7 Casablanca, 8 Bsoton, 9 Recife, 10 Miami
On October 2015, a new left-wing government has sought to return majority control of the airline to the state, having signed in February 2016 a deal with the private consortium, which indicates that the company is 50% owned by the Portuguese state, 45% by the Atlantic Gateway Consortium and 5% available shareholder to collaborators and employees of TAP.
Recently TAP Air Portugal CEO Antonoaldo Neves said he believes that the Group’s 2017 results of US$25.8m are still not enough and stressed the need to grow to US$182m to bring it to the average profitability of other airlines. TAP Air Portugal has US$146.1m retained in Angola, consisting of State debt and unrepatriated funds
- Depart Lisbon 07.05 and 14.00
- Depart Dubin 10.35 and 17.30
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