NEW YORK — TAP Portugal is expanding its network to six new destinations in summer 2017, including Toronto. Rounding out the new additions are Stuttgart, Las Palmas, Alicante, Budapest and Bucharest.
The new Toronto-Lisbon flights are scheduled to start next June.
“The new routes, along with the operations reinforcement, will result in significant growth for the summer season, clearly emphasizing TAP’s growth in the near future,” said the company. In July 2017 TAP will increase operations by 11% with over 1,176 more flights offered than in same month last year, representing a 19% increase in seat capacity.
The growth planned for 2017 comes in line with the carrier’s expansion strategy launched in 2016, an intense year during which TAP not only increased its activity but also introduced quite a few changes, such as the order of a new medium and long haul fleet with Airbus (due for delivery at the end of 2017); the phase-in of two 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 reinforcement of its positioning in the North Atlantic with the inauguration of two new routes in the U.S.: Boston and New York JFK.
After completing the restructuring of its network earlier this year, TAP said it has put in place “a new and more competitive fare policy” and is now ready to grow again with an improved and diversified product and reinforced fleet.
TAP will also upgrade its offer in the domestic sector, reinforcing summer 2017 operations from Lisbon to Faro, growing from three to four daily flights.