For the second time in nearly a year, Pope Francis will fly with TAP Air Portugal from Rome to Lisbon.
The flight is understood to be taking place on August 6, using the carrier’s flagship Airbus A321neo aircraft on the two-hour and fifty-minute hop.
This is all part of The Sanctuary of Fátima, which is due to take place between August 1-6.
Pope Francis To Use TAP Air Portugal…
TAP Air Portugal said the following in a statement regarding the transportation of Pope Francis to Lisbon:
“TAP is honored to have been chosen as the airline for the Papal flight back to the Vatican, after the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, to Portugal as part of World Youth Day.”
“The choice of TAP represents an honor for everyone throughout the airline who works with such professionalism to enhance the image of Portugal, with their friendly welcome and quality of service for which TAP has become well known for.”
Throughout TAP’s 78-year history, it has had the privilege and proud distinction of flying three other Popes – Pope Paul VI in 1967, Pope John Paul II on two trips, in 1982 and 1991, and Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 – following their visits to Portugal.
There is no doubt that hundreds of thousands of people will track Pope Francis on their flight from the Vatican to Lisbon for this historic event.
Ultimately, all eyes are now on TAP Air Portugal to ensure that the flight goes smoothly and that Pope Francis enjoys his time onboard.
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