Between January and September 2022, TAP Air Portugal flew 97% of the total number of all customers flown in 2019 between Brazil and Europe, said the airline in a statement.
This represents a substantial rise of 223% compared to the previous year, with numbers expected to further increase towards the end of this year.
Since January 2022, TAP has continued to stay ahead of its competitors to carry twice as many customers between Brazil and Europe; becoming the first choice for flights between Europe and South America.
TAP currently flies to 11 cities in Brazil across 13 routes – 9 of which cannot be reached directly from the UK. The Portuguese carrier has flown more than 1 million customers between the two regions so far this year.
“Our focus on providing unbeatable choice to destinations other carriers cannot offer has put us well ahead of our competitors, thanks to highly competitive fares and a fantastic onboard offering for business and leisure travelers.”
TAP’s popular Brazilian destinations have generated high load factors which currently stand at just 15% below pre-pandemic levels and are expected to return to 2019 levels during 2023.
In September 2022 TAP operated 1,318 flights to and from Brazil flying 97% of the total number of all customers flown in 2019 between Brazil and Europe.
There are two routes in which TAP is still offering fewer flights and seats compared to 2019 levels. These are Lisbon-Brasilia and Porto-Sao Paulo (both with one less flight).