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NEW YORK — TAP Air Portugal continues to expand in North America with the announcement of two new routes coming in 2020 to Portugal from Montreal and Boston.
Operated with brand new Airbus A321LR aircraft, both nonstop routes between Montreal and Lisbon, and Boston and Ponta Delgada in the Azores will launch by summer. Lisbon-Montreal will operate 6x/weekly, while Boston-Ponta Delgada will fly 5x/weekly.
“This is a historic moment in TAP’s journey,” said Antonoaldo Neves, TAP Air Portugal’s CEO. “With the inauguration of these new routes, TAP goes from just three routes in 2015 to 11 North American routes, the same number is has to Brazil. It’s another important step in the airline’s expansion and diversification.”
Earlier this summer, TAP announced it will be adding 15 weekly flights from Canada and the U.S. by summer 2020. These new routes and frequency increases will lead to an additional 390,000 travellers between Portugal and North America next year.
Currently, the airline carries nearly one million passengers annually on North American routes, up 250% since 2015 when it operated just 16 flights across the Atlantic from its two U.S. gateways – Newark Liberty and Miami International.
By summer 2020, TAP will operate more than 5x that many flights, with 82 weekly roundtrips from nine gateways.
From June 2020, the carrier will serve the New York market with four daily roundtrips to Portugal. It will add a second daily flight between New York’s JFK, plus an extra weekly flight to its Newark-Porto service, making it a daily operation along with the daily Newark-Lisbon service.
Moreover, TAP will add two weekly Miami-Lisbon flights this winter and a third next summer for a weekly total of 10 roundtrips.
It is also adding two weekly frequencies to Chicago-Lisbon, and Washington, DC-Lisbon, making each daily service. Plus, it also serves both Boston-Lisbon and Toronto-Lisbon daily, and San Francisco-Lisbon with five flights weekly.