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TAP Air Portugal

TAP is the leading Portuguese airline, it has been flying since 1945 and has been a member of the Star Alliance since 14 March 2005. Its Lisbon hub is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, and North and South America.

With the launch of new routes over recent years, TAP’s summer 2014 network grew to include 11 new destinations. Currently the Portuguese airline has connections to 81 destinations in 34 countries. It operates an average of around 2500 flights a week and has a fleet of 77 modern aircraft: 61 Airbuses, and another 16 aircraft in the colours of PGA (Portugália Airlines).

The company’s Portuguese character, brand and the quality of service as a basic concept have been the main factors driving TAP’s strategy over recent years, and which have been justified by the many awards that have won from national and international bodies.

Over recent years TAP has focussed on some of its main markets, particularly in Africa, Brazil and South America. The company’s efforts have included ensuring sustainable growth by adapting to the changes in each market, while increasing traffic and occupancy rates. Consequently, new medium- and long-haul routes have been added to the TAP network.

Following this expansion strategy, TAP added two African destinations to its network in 2013: Boa Vista (Cape Verde) and Tangier (Morocco), at the same time as it increased the frequency of flights to some of its main destinations. In South America it has established itself as a service leader in Brazil, with direct flights to 12 destinations from Lisbon and Porto in 2014, extending its services to cover all regions of the country: Belem, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Campinas, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo. As well as new connections to Brazil, TAP added more destinations to its South American and European networks: Bogota (Colombia), Panama City (Panama), Asturias-Oviedo (Spain), Nantes (France), Hanover (Germany) and Gothenburg (Sweden).

TAP was named the World’s Leading Airline to Africa by the World Travel Awards in 2011 and 2012. It was named the World’s Leading Airline to South America in 2009, 2010, 2011 and again in 2012. Named by the British magazine, Business Destinations, as the Airline with the Best Executive Class — South America in 2013, it won the Best European Airline award in 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the prestigious US magazine Global Traveler, and it was the UNESCO and International Union of Geological Sciences winner of the Planet Earth IYPE 2010 award in the Most Innovative Sustainable Product category. Considered the Best Airline by the magazine Condé Naste Traveler in 2010, it was also named Best Portuguese Company in the area of Tourism in 2011.

In 2014 and 2015 TAP was again awarded the Leading European Airline to Africa and South America prize by the World Travel Awards, which are considered the “Oscars” of tourism. In 2015 the company won even more prizes: the Publituris Portugal Travel Awards 2015 classed TAP the Best Airline Company, the TAP Destinations microsite ( was recognised as the Best Microsite at the Digital Communications Awards gala in Berlin, while TAP’s in-flight magazine, UP, won Europe’s Leading Inflight Magazine at the 2015 World Travel Awards.
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