TAP Air Portugal continues to find its way through the current crisis, as it plans to scale up its network over the next few months.
In August, the airline will aim to operate 500 round-trip flights a week on a total of 65 routes. It will offer 18 weekly flights to Brazil, 20 flights to 6 destinations in North America, 44 flights to 9 destinations in Africa, 329 flights to 30 cities in Europe and 126 flights to 6 domestic airports.
In September, the airline will offer 22 flights a week to Brazil, 30 flights on 8 routes in North America, 59 flights to 13 cities in Africa and the Middle East, 498 flights to 35 European cities and 159 flights between 6 cities in Portugal.
The September scale-up will bring back 40% of its normal operation (compared to the year before).
It goes without saying that routes and networks are subject to governmental approvals as needed. In addition, you will need to meet the entry requirements of each country as needed and follow any arrivals procedure (be it testing or quarantine on arrival). Route are subject to demand too.
The full list of where TAP Air Portugal will operation is listed at https://www.flytap.com/en-pt/promo/back-to-connecting-you-and-the-world.
They’ve also implement various health and safety measures – branded “Clean & Safe”. Of course, a face mask is required when travelling and must be worn during the entire duration of the journey.
The long road ahead
The road to recovery is a long with – with IATA extending its prediction that it will take until 2024 for air traffic to return 2019 levels. With 40% of its network back up and running (with the capacity to match), TAP Air Portugal (like most airlines) are hoping for a managed exit from the pandemic crisis to a more normal life.
It may take longer than most airlines would like however.
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