TAP launches more Porto flights, expands fleet

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TAP Air Portugal has added new routes from Porto Airport in northern Portugal to Brussels, Lyon and Munich for 2019.

Flights to Brussels begin on 1 July with two daily flights. TAP operations to Lyon and Munich will begin on 1 September. Flights to Lyon will be twice daily and Munich will be daily.

This increase in routes from the Porto Airport allows TAP to operate 19 direct routes from Porto to airports in Europe, the United States and also Brazil, in a total of 288 weekly flights.

The new routes that TAP will inaugurate this year from Porto represent a 34 per cent increase in direct connections from Porto to Europe compared to last year.

In 2018, the airline increased the number of connections to Europe with the launch of operations to Barcelona, London (London City Airport), Milan and Ponta Delgada.

In North America, San Francisco, Washington and Chicago are the new long haul destinations for 2019 already. Naples, Tenerife, Tel Aviv, Dublin and Basel are also new routes that TAP has already announced for 2019.

The opening of new routes this year is possible to an expanded fleet.

In December, TAP received two more Airbus A330-900neo in Lisbon. By the end of 2019, TAP will receive another 16 Airbus A330-900neos in addition to the three already delivered.

TAP will receive 37 new aircraft by the end of this year and 71 by 2025.