The new year is coming and brings news for Operation TAP. The Company continues to invest heavily in the Americas and once again expands its network of transatlantic destinations, this time with the launch of three new routes: Maceió, Montreal and Ponta Delgada-Boston, all three starting next year and operated by the new Airbus A321LR.
Maceió will be TAP's 11th route to Brazil
This is the first time in five years that the Company has announced a new route to Brazil. In total, already with Maceió, capital of the State of Alagoas, in the Northeast, will be 11 destinations assured by TAP in this country.
With the protocol already signed between TAP and the State of Alagoas, signed on November 18 at Campus, Maceió will have three weekly frequencies. Departures from Lisbon are at 17:15, arriving at the Brazilian destination at 21:15, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
TAP will also increase frequencies to Natal and Belém, growing from three to five flights per week to each of the cities.
The investment in new aircraft, namely the Airbus A321LR, allows TAP to operate at airports not accessible to wide body aircraft and with greater savings in operating costs, and the Company may expand its operation in Brazil.
“This aircraft, the A321LR, is a true game changer. The way to travel between Brazil and Europe is now more modern, efficient and environmentally friendly. With the departure of old airplanes, flights to and from Brazil are now operated exclusively by new or modern cabin interiors, which allow passengers to enjoy high levels of comfort”, says Antonoaldo Neves, CEO of TAP.
With the strengthening of the network in Brazil next year, TAP will operate in this market a total of 92 weekly frequencies, 15 more than in 2015.
Despite increasing competition in this market, TAP maintained its market share at around 26%, with the European Company offering more routes and providing more seats. In 2018 alone, TAP carried 89% of passengers with direct flights between Brazil and Portugal.
North America already has the same number of connections as Brazil
Montreal is Canada's second largest city and is the Company's new North Atlantic destination. The Company will operate six weekly frequencies between Lisbon and Montreal. Flights depart from the Portuguese capital every day of the week, except Wednesdays at 14:55 and arrive in the Canadian city at 17:40. Alongside Maceió, the reserves are available for sale from November 25, with start of operation next year.
Ponta Delgada-Boston is also one of the strategic routes that reinforces the Company's growth in the North Atlantic. From 2020, Portugal will have, from Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, two direct routes to Boston, hub city of TAP partner JetBlue, which will allow the Portuguese company to carry even more passengers from various points of the US.
With the inauguration of Lisbon-Montreal and Ponta Delgada-Boston, North America now has 11 routes, the same number of destinations as Brazil. Thus, one of the strategic paths outlined since the beginning of the transformation process of TAP is clear: the conquest of the North Atlantic.
“This is a historic moment in the Company's journey. With the inauguration of these new routes, TAP thus goes from three routes in 2015 to 11, destined for North America, the same number as Brazil. This is another important step in the Company's network diversification and expansion plan, which strengthens its exposure to new and less volatile markets”, says the Company's CEO.
TAP strengthens its position in the North Atlantic
In total, TAP will operate 82 weekly frequencies in North American market next year, which represents a significant increase in supply compared to 2015, when the Company operated only 16 weekly frequencies. In Portugal, the Company will also increase the number of calls between Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, from four to five daily.
With these new connections and remaining supply increases, TAP expects to carry another 390,000 (85,000 on both routes) North Americans between Portugal and the North Atlantic next year, increasingly contributing to the national economy and the growth of the tourism. TAP currently carries close to one million passengers from North America.
From 2015 to October 2019, the total number of Customers transported to and from North America increased by 250%.
Three new TAP calls, to be inaugurated in 2020, which reinforce the strong growth trend of the Company's activity in the Brazilian and North Atlantic markets.