TAP Air Portugal launched flights between Lisbon and Tel Aviv on 31 March, one of three new routes inaugurated by the carrier from its biggest base this week, with it also adding services to Basel and Dublin. Among those taking part in the ribbon cutting for the inaugural flight to Tel Aviv was Antonoaldo Neves, CEO, TAP Air Portugal (third left).
- TAP Air Portugal launched three new routes from Lisbon (LIS) on 31 March, with it commencing twice-daily services to Basel (BSL) and Dublin (DUB), plus a daily connection to Tel Aviv (TLV). Flights to the Irish capital and Swiss city will be flown by the carrier’s fleet of A319s according to OAG Schedules Analyser data, while Tel Aviv services are poised to be operated on the airline’s fleet of A321s. All three routes will face direct competition, with Ryanair (twice-daily) and Aer Lingus (11 times weekly) serving the 1,642-kilometre route to Dublin, while easyJet offers a daily rotation on the 1,662-kilometre sector to Basel. El Al is the competing carrier on the 4,107-kilometre route to Tel Aviv, with the Israel-based airline presently offering five weekly rotations to Lisbon from its home base.