New flight departure for TAP Portugal

June 1st 2011

TAP Portugal has launched its inaugural flight from Manchester (UK) to Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, commencing today (June 1st). The airline will run six non-stop flights a week offering full services in business and economy class.

The new service has also allowed TAP to extend its flight offerings from other UK departure points to long haul destinations like New York, Miami, Dakar, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with connections to other South American cities on flights operated by code-share partners.

Other global business destinations such as Brasilia, Luanda and Dakar will also be reachable thanks to the new Manchester - Lisbon link. Early indications are that the new flight has received solid support from the market with a 75% load factor on today’s service and with approximately 15,000 customers booked over the coming months. Today’s flight has customers travelling to widely diverse destinations in Europe and South America such as Madeira, Porto, the Azores, Rio de Janeiro, Natal and Recife.

“The addition of Manchester as TAP’s new destination in Northwest England is an important step towards the increased size of the company’s European network, due to be completed during June 2011, with six new destinations entering the operation in Europe alone”, said Carlos Paneiro, Vice President Sales for TAP Portugal. “The United Kingdom is the number one market for Portugal in terms of inbound tourism. Thus, the launch of direct operations between Manchester and Lisbon is very relevant to us as an airline, as Manchester is an important economic and industrial city in the UK, served by an efficient airport with a strong presence of major network carriers and able to accommodate air traffic expansion in the future”.

The new Manchester service joins Miami, Athens, Bordeaux, Vienna, Porto Alegre and Dusseldorf on the list of new destinations so far announced in 2011 by TAP with an increase of European destinations of over 17% to its previous coverage. Total destinations served by TAP Portugal from the summer will be 69, with further announcements due later in the year.

Andrew Harrison, Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, said: “Having TAP Portugal announce a route to Lisbon from Manchester will not only give passengers access to Portugal’s capital city but TAP are also one of the largest carriers of passengers to South America from Europe and that opens even more destinations to our customer base in the North West. This adds another large European capital to our route network and we know it’ll prove popular with passengers from Manchester.”

Angie Robinson, Chief Executive of MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, said: “TAP Portugal’s new route is a fantastic addition to the Manchester Airport route network. It’s extremely important to Manchester – in terms of projects, Europe currently generates the most Foreign Direct Investment for the region. The business class flights from Lisbon will offer a great opportunity to develop links with Portugal.

“The Lisbon connection also opens up destinations further afield, in particular those in South America. Manchester has already been working closely with Brazil for example, to promote Soccerex – the world’s international football convention, which has staged its last two European Forums here and its Global Convention in Rio de Janeiro. The increased connectivity now available via TAP Portugal can only help to enhance such business relationships between these destinations.”

[Left-to-Right: Angie Robinson (MIDAS); Caroline Plant (Manchester Airport) & Carlos Paneiro (TAP Portugal).]

 

Business travellers, particularly those in the Small/Medium sized category (SME) shall also be able to earn points within the Star Alliance Company Plus (SACP) programme, whereby frequent travellers can earn loyalty “Pluspoints” to trade in for earned free tickets, free upgrades, cash back, quality gift items from the in-house Worldshop; as well as airport parking, limousine transfers, hotels and other programme partners. SACP membership is free to join with 13 STAR alliance airlines offering over 500 destinations to choose from. More details can be found at www.sacp.co.uk

Prices start from £55 one way and include all taxes, on-board drinks & snacks, frequent flyer miles, generous free baggage allowances, free golf equipment carriage (up to 15kgs), advance seat selection, no charges for boarding passes or credit/debit card fees. In addition, there will be access to airport lounges (with some minor restrictions).

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For more information please contact Manchester Airport press office on 0161 489 2700 or email press.office@manairport.co.uk

 

Published on: 02/06/2011 16:45:59