TAP Air Portugal adds six new Europe and Africa routes for S21
These will be joined next summer by already-announced Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela, Agadir, and Cancún, with the launch of these postponed from their original dates by between nine and five months.
TAP’s routes for S21 are all tourism and VFR-focused, with leisure demand ordinarily returning faster than business. And TAP’s generally very low frequencies to them suggest they are more focused on local traffic than connecting.
Zagreb was last served by TAP Air Portugal in March 2016. It was operated year-round, with a four-weekly non-stop service by A319s between June and September, and typically three-weekly via Bologna in the other eight months.
In June – September 2015, OAG Traffic Analyser, using MIDT booking data, shows that approximately 73% of TAP Air Portugal’s Lisbon – Zagreb passengers were local.
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequencies||Direct competition (WF)|
|Lisbon – Djerba||TBC||1||No|
|Lisbon – Fuerteventura||5 June||1||No|
|Lisbon – Ibiza||5 June||2||Vueling (4)*|
|Lisbon – Monastir||TBC||1||No|
|Lisbon – Oujda||TBC||2||No|
|Lisbon – Zagreb||28 March||3||No**|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser and airline websites. *From 20 June 2021. ** Croatia Airlines normally operates, but it has not this year for the obvious reason. It is not yet clear if it’ll return next year.|
TAP Air Portugal will have 12 destinations in Spain
The launch of Fuerteventura, Ibiza, and Santiago will mean that TAP Air Portugal will have 12 destinations in Spain.
Spain had 10.7% of TAP’s total seat capacity in the year to March 2020, OAG schedules data confirms.
There is a big difference in frequencies, though, with Tenerife to have a 10-weekly service next summer and Gran Canaria nine against Fuerteventura’s one.
Lisbon – Gran Canaria had an estimated SLF of 89% last year, OAG Traffic Analyser suggests. 72% connected over the Portuguese capital, with Berlin Tegel, Paris Orly, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Dusseldorf the top O&Ds. Germany had almost four in ten of its passengers.
West and North Africa core
TAP Air Portugal’s Africa network had 9% of its total seats in the 12 months to March this year across 18 routes.
The airline, of course, revolves around North and West Africa, with its network focusing on both destinations of Portuguese heritage and also major cities, including for connectivity over Lisbon. (Lagos is an obvious city that isn’t served.)
In normal times, Praia, Marrakech, and Dakar are TAP’s top African destinations.
TAP Air Portugal’s heritage-orientated routes encompass six destinations in West Africa. These are mainly in Cape Verde with nearly five million seats and one-quarter of its Africa capacity across four destinations: Boa Vista; Praia; Sal; and São Vicente. But also Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe.
São Tomé is served from Lisbon via Accra, with the 4,743-kilometre service operated by 174-seat A320neos.