Portuguese carrier TAP is expanding its services in summer of 2020. A key highlight includes four daily flights between Portugal and New York. In addition, TAP is expanding its services across Europe, Israel, and even building up in Africa. Here’s a look at what 2020 will bring for TAP’s route network.
New York gets four daily flights
TAP announced the summer expansions in a press release. New York City is one of the most important destinations for airlines and passengers alike. For some airlines, New York is a prestigious route despite not reaping the intended rewards.
Two of these flights will operate between Lisbon and New York’s-JFK airport. One flight will serve the Lisbon-Newark Liberty market. And, the last flight will operate between Porto and Newark Liberty. Newark Liberty is a United Airlines, and fellow Star Alliance partner, hub. So, TAP Air Portugal can leverage connections to and from Portugal across the United States.
More Airbus A321LR flights
The A321LR will also expand TAP’s reach in Brazil. Natal and Belem will receive additional twice weekly A321LR service. Overall, each city will receive five weekly flights.
TAP is also altering their A321LR service in Porto. In addition to flying to Newark, the A321LR will connect Porto to Funchal with a new daily flight. And then, Sao Paulo will receive a fourth weekly flight on the A321LR.
From Lisbon, Tel Aviv will receive twice-daily service on A321LRs. And, Moscow, one of the furthest points in Europe from Lisbon, will also get A321LR service.
This will be a huge improvement for passengers. The A321LRs feature long-haul configurations including lie-flat business class seats.
New “Ponte Aérea” service
Ponte Aérea, or aerial bridge, is a new multi-daily shuttle service between Lisbon and Madrid and Porto to Madrid. In Porto, TAP will end service to Barcelona and Lyon in favor of six daily flights between Porto and Madrid. Currently, these flights are on Embraer 190 aircraft. Likely, TAP will use E190s on this route as well.
Lisbon’s service to Madrid will also increase with an extra daily flight. Although, TAP will end service to Stuttgart, Cologne, and Basel. On the other hand, other destinations in Spain will see additional services. A new route to Santiago de Compostela will commence next year. Barcelona increases from six to seven flights a day. Bilbao, Valencia, and Malaga will see a service increase from two to three daily flights. And, Seville will go from three to four daily flights. Casablanca will get an additional flight from Lisbon.
To Luanda and Maputo, TAP will introduce A330neo service!
The Portugal stopover
TAP has a program that allows passengers to stopover in Portugal on their way to their final destination for free. This can be a great way to see an extra destination. To highlight this program, TAP even has an aircraft in the stopover livery.
Will you fly any of TAP’s new services? What are your thoughts on the summer 2020 schedule? Let us know in the comments!