LONDON – TAP Air Portugal flights have catered for over half a million passenger movements between Brazil and Europe in the three months leading up to October 2022.
This represents a substantial rise of 223% compared to the previous year, with numbers expected to further increase towards the end of this year.
Since January 2022, TAP has continued to stay ahead of its competitors to carry twice as many customers between Brazil and Europe; becoming the first choice for flights between Europe and South America.
TAP currently flies to 11 cities in Brazil across 13 routes – 9 of which cannot be reached directly from the UK. The Portuguese carrier has flown more than 1 million customers between the two regions so far this year.
Ricardo Dinis, TAP Country Manager for the UK & Ireland, said: “We are pleased to be our customer’s first choice for flights between Europe and Brazil thanks to our unique route network which offers easy and quick connections between flights at our Lisbon hub.
“Our focus on providing unbeatable choice to destinations other carriers cannot offer has put us well ahead of our competitors, thanks to highly competitive fares and a fantastic onboard offering for business and leisure travellers.”
High load factors
TAP’s popular Brazilian destinations have generated high load factors which currently stand at just 15% below pre-pandemic levels and are expected to return to 2019 levels during 2023.
In September 2022 TAP operated 1,318 flights to and from Brazil flying 97% of the total number of all customers flown in 2019 between Brazil and Europe.
Brazil remains one of TAP’s priority markets and the airline will continue to invest in its product offering to ensure it remains the leading airline connecting the two.
TAP currently offers direct flights to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belém, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Fortaleza, Natal, Maceió, Porto Alegre, Recife and Salvador, as well as connecting Porto to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
TAP Air Portugal is a Portuguese airline and member of the Star Alliance since 2005. Operating since 1945, TAP has its hub in Lisbon, at the intersection of Africa, North, Central and South America, and is the leading provider of flights between Europe and Brazil.
This summer, TAP offered more than 1,230 flights a week, through its network of destinations, which comprises seven airports in Portugal, 10 in North America, 12 in Central and South America, 20 in Africa and the Middle East and 44 in Europe (excluding Portugal).
The Portuguese airline operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, with the latest generation Airbus NEO aircraft: A320neo, A321neo, A321LR and A330neo, with superior efficiency and reduced emission levels.
TAP also operates Embraer and ATR aircraft in its regional fleet (TAP Express). The company is considered by Airline Ratings the safest airline in Europe and the fifth safest in the world.
TAP Air Portugal is also recognized and awarded as Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa, as well as Europe’s Leading Airline to South America by the World Travel Awards in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.