TAP traffic to Brazil jumps 526 pc in H1 2022

Over 640,000 passengers on 3100 flights
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TAP traffic to Brazil jumps 526 pc in H1 2022

In the period January-June 2022, TAP operated 3,129 flights and was the third largest international airline in the world in the number of take-offs (Photo: TAP Facebook)

In yet another indication of global travel reviving in full earnest after a breakdown due to Covid-19 pandemic, Portuguese flag carrier TAP says it has ferried over 640,000 customers between Europe and Brazil in the first half of the year.
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Transportes Aéreos Portugueses or TAP, the Portuguese national airline, says it has registered an unprecedented five-fold growth in traffic between Europe and Brazil in the first six months of the year 2022.

TAP says with a 526 pc jump, year-on-year, it has carried over 640,000 passengers on more than 3,100 flights between various European destinations and Brazil. With this, TAP has taken about 28 pc of the total market share of all customers flown between Europe and Brazil, further strengthening its position as the market leader on this key international travel segment.

TAP says in the period January-June 2022, it operated 3,129 flights and was the third largest international airline in the world in the number of take-offs, representing a huge increase of 130 pc compared to the same period in 2021. Enthused by the response and marketshare, TAP says that in the ongoing summer peak travel, it is operating 76 flights a week between Portugal and Brazil, the largest number of flights by a foreign airline flying to Brazil.

“Brazil is a core market for TAP and as the main international airline linking Europe and Brazil, we have matched the soaring customer demand with a significant boost in flights during the last six months. Portugal’s popularity as a gateway to Brazil continues to rise and our 86 pc capacity levels, compared to pre-pandemic flights, is an indication that TAP is increasing its market share,’’ says a TAP official.

“We are attracting more and more customers to fly to our extensive Brazilian destinations, many of which we are the only European carrier offering transatlantic connections. With a wide network of more than 90 destinations worldwide, the continued strengthening of TAP’s transatlantic frequencies is a strong sign of our continued recovery,” he adds.

Currently, TAP connects Europe to 11 cities in Brazil from its Lisbon hub, flying to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belém, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Fortaleza, Natal, Maceió, Porto Alegre, Recife and Salvador. The airline also connects Porto with São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Established in 1945, the European carrier has been a member of Star Alliance since 2005 and offers customers seamless connections through their Lisbon hub to destinations around the world, thanks to their highly-popular Portugal stopover programme.

The airline, which boasts one of the youngest fleets in Europe, currently operates a mix of short-haul and long-haul Airbus aircraft, from the state-of-the-art A330neo to the game changing single-aisle A321neoLR. The carrier’s regional arm also operates a fleet of ATR and Embraer aircraft for those travelling a shorter distance.

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