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Following the COVID-19 problem for two years, the Portuguese airline TAP Air Portugal recorded half a million passengers traveling between Brazil and Europe during the summer of 2022. TAP Air Portugal announced that it would fly 97% of all passengers between Brazil and Europe between January and September 2022.

So far this year, the national airline of Portugal has flown almost a million passengers between Portugal and Brazil. TAP Air is happy to be the customer’s first choice for flights between Europe and Brazil, according to Ricardo Dinis, national manager for the UK & Ireland. “Thanks to our unique route network, which allows easy and quick connections between flights from our Lisbon hub,” he added. 

TAP Air Portugal will be running 73 flights per week between Portugal and Brazil as of November 2022. Ten of the airline’s 12 distinctive routes to Brazil originate at Lisbon International Airport (LIS), and two do so at Porto International Airport (OPO). 

Popular TAP destinations in Brazil have produced high load factors, which are currently only 15% below pre-pandemic levels and are anticipated to reach 2019 levels in 2023. TAP flew 1,318 flights to and from Brazil in September 2022, carrying 97% of all passengers from Brazil to Europe in 2019.

TAP still provides fewer flights and seats on two routes than in 2019. Lisbon-Brasília and Porto-Sao Paulo are these (both with one less flight).

Planes Operated On These Routes

Cirium data show that TAP Air Portugal uses three different aircraft types to perform its trips to Brazil. The airline operates its Airbus A321neo (LR) fleet on two routes. Lisbon-Belém and Lisbon-Natal are the routes under question. The proximity of the two Brazilian towns to Europe allows TAP to use its fleet of narrowbody aircraft. TAP Air operates its Airbus A330-200 and A330-900 aircraft on other routes.

Ten Airbus A321neo (LR)s belong to TAP. There are 125 economy seats, 30 economy plus seats, and 16 business class seats on each of these aircraft’s 171 total seats. The airline operates three A330-200 aircraft with a 269-passenger capacity (244 in economy and 25 in business). Also, TAP owns 19 A330-900 aircraft (one of the largest fleets in the world of this type). These aircraft can accommodate 298 passengers (168 in economy, 96 in economy plus, and 34 in business).

According to information recently released by the Brazilian civil aviation authority, there were 78.01 million travelers visiting Brazil between January and October. With 1.29 million passengers carried in the first ten months of the year, TAP Air Portugal ranks fourth among all airlines in the South American nation.

With 23.7 million, 22.58 million, and 21.96 million passengers, respectively, LATAM Airlines, Azul Linhas Aéreas, and GOL Linhas Aéreas are Brazil’s leading airlines controlling about 30% of the country’s market.

LATAM has transported the most passengers globally (2.52 million), followed by TAP Portugal (1.29 million) and Copa Airlines (787,654 passengers).