TAP Portugal has announced the addition of 6 new destinations to its global route network by July 2017, including YYZ, the airline’s 5th North American gateway pushing ahead with its trans-Atlantic expansion.
The YYZ-LIS route will launch summer 2017 with the Star Alliance carrier offering 5x weekly flights eff. 10JN on A330’s.
The new service will bring TP back to YYZ for the 1st time since 1994 according to Routes Online.
TP has included YYZ as part of a 6 city expansion announcement. The carrier`s 5 other new destinations are all in Europe: BUD; OTP; LPA; ALC and STR.
With the addition of the 5 new routes, TP will serve 52 European destinations thus adding more options to its Stopover program where travellers are offered 2 or 3 day stopover in Portugal with at the through fare.
The Stopover booking option is available on the flight search mode in the www.flytap.com site and TP also has launched an app, available from the Apple Store or Google Play.
The airline will also add additional flight frequencies in Europe to MAD (ex OPO); MAN, MOW; DUS & FAO. All flights can be booked eff. immediately.
The new services represent an 11% increase in TP`s operations, with 1,176 more flights per month year-over-year, representing an increase of 19% seat capacity.
The growth planned for 2017 is in line with the expansion strategy TP initiated in 2016, including the order of a new medium and long haul Airbus fleet (due for delivery by end of 2017); 2 additional A330 aircraft; the cabin retrofit of 48 aircraft currently in progress; the launch of the new brand TAP Express for regional operations; the new Lisbon/Oporto shuttle service; the launch of TAP Stopover and the addition of 2 routes to North America, with the re-launch of service from BOS and JFK.
This month, Global Traveler magazine named TAP the "Best Airline in Europe" for the 6th consecutive year as well as delivering the "Best New Route Launch (Boston-Lisbon)."