353,000 more passengers than last year

TAP grows 7.2% in the first half of 2014

By the end of the first half of 2014, TAP had carried a total of approximately 5,284,000 passengers in its entire network, which represents a 7.2% increase over the same period in 2013. During this semester, the average load factor on the airline’s flights was 80.1%, up 3.2 percentage points.

Thus TAP continues on a path of sustained growth, reinforcing the airline's importance in transporting passengers to and from Portugal and strengthening the strategic role its Lisbon hub plays in connections between Europe, Africa and Latin America. 

Although the total numbers for the first Association of European Airlines (AEA) semester have not yet been released, everything points to TAP continuing the trend it has shown up until now of growth rates that are more than double the average of other European airlines.

In the month of June alone, TAP carried 1,030,045 passengers, 7.3% more than in 2013 and slightly above the trend for the semester, with the airline’s traffic figures not having been affected by unexpected operational difficulties.

During the first six months of the year, the Portuguese airline grew in all sectors of its network, particularly in the Autonomous Regions of Portugal and in Europe and the United States, where growth rates were above the overall average.

Also in June, TAP opened its two new destinations in Brazil, Manaus and Belém – the first of a series of 11 destinations to be inaugurated this summer. Yet the biggest expansion of its network will be seen this month, in July, when the airline will add nine new destinations – seven in Europe and two more in Latin America: Bogotá and Panama. 

In addition, TAP is also increasing the number of flights it offers to some of the major cities it serves in Europe and Brazil. This July the airline is also resuming operations to São Tomé in its own aircraft, the Airbus A320, and is also increasing the number of flights to that destination to three a week.


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