Foreigners are flocking back to Portugal, if figures from the country’s national carrier are anything to go by.
Airline TAP recorded its best day ever for operations on 28th July, it said in a recent statement, carrying a total of 38,674 passengers, which represented an occupation rate of 90 per cent in the Portuguese airline’s overall network. TAP also confirmed that it recorded traffic growth of 4.8 per cent in the first six months of 2013.
The following countries were especially important to TAP’s growth: the Unites States, with an occupation rate of 96 per cent, Brazil with 93 per cent, Venezuela with 92 per cent and Europe with 88 per cent. Significant levels of passengers were also recorded in the Autonomous regions of Portugal, which had an occupation rate of 83 per cent.
During the first half of 2013, sales in Portugal represented 25 per cent of the airline’s total sales, meaning 75 per cent were made in international markets, reaffirming TAP’s contribution to the Portuguese tourist market.
Meanwhile, TAP has increased the number of flights it operates between Gatwick and Lisbon as part of their 2013 winter schedule. TAP will now operate 11 flights per week between the two airports, kicking off on October 27th and running until March 29th.
Combined with the airline’s existing services from Heathrow, TAP customers will now have more choice than ever before when travelling between the two cities. This will also further expand TAP’s connections, via Lisbon, to 75 destinations in 35 countries worldwide including Africa and North and South America.