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TAP Air Portugal was the first airline to operate a flight with the Airbus A330neo to Peru to repatriate Portuguese citizens. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

TAP Air Portugal Outlines Return to North American Skies

The COVID-19 pandemic has instilled a lot of uncertainty these days when it comes to the resumption of air travel. Airlines are drastically cutting back fleets and retiring aircraft every day. Long haul flying is going to look very different as it starts to return. However, one carrier is trying to retain some air of normalcy in their plans for long haul travel. TAP Air Portugal this past week announced that it will be returning to all North American gateways…

TAP Launches New Azores-Boston Nonstop Service

TAP Air Portugal, Portugal’s national airline, announced Tuesday new nonstop service to the United States from the Azores, according to an emailed statement obtained by AirlineGeeks. Launched this week, the flight marks the airline's only nonstop service between Ponta Delgada, Portugal and Boston. The inaugural flight departed yesterday from Ponta…

Israeli Parliament Passes Bill to Save El Al from $400…

Customers have taken up a class action lawsuit against El Al Israel Airlines at the Central District Court over its actions to refund customers whose flights have been canceled due to pandemic-related restrictions, the airline announced in a statement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on 12 July. Israel’s flag carrier airline…

Azul Ramps Up Domestic Flights, Ponders International Network Redesign

Although it never came to a complete stop, the Brazilian domestic market reduced its capacity by 90% between April and May as a result of the economic and airline industry fallout stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, airlines in Brazil have been gradually increasing their operations in the hope…

Portugese Government Takes Majority Stake in TAP Air Portugal

Portugal’s government has agreed to pay €55 million ($62 million) to increase its stake in TAP Air Portugal, the national airline, to prevent the carrier from going bankrupt. The government will own a 72.5% stake in the airline, up from the 50% stake it’s held since partially privatizing the airline…

TAP Air Portugal Receives Government Bailout

TAP Air Portugal seems to have found a mechanism to receive a much-needed cash injection to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. For this, the European Commission has granted the Portuguese government a €1.2 billion ($1.36 billion) rescue package to be distributed to its flag carrier. Due to TAP's…

TAP Air Portugal to Resume North American Flights

TAP Air Portugal is restarting flights to North America on June 4 following the completion of its three-phased re-opening. It will start with flights between Lisbon and Newark, and it has plans to launch additional services to Boston, Miami and Toronto from the Portuguese capital in July. Each planned service…

Eurocontrol Highlights Extent of European Capacity Cuts

European air traffic management (ATM) organization Eurocontrol is reporting a weekly average decline in year-on-year movements close to 90 percent in the region. The body which acts as a support for both civil and military use of European airspace has 41 member states and 2 comprehensive agreement states (Israel and…

TAP Air Portugal Introduces New Changes to Loyalty Program

Over the past several years TAP Air Portugal has come back to life. It’s bought new airplanes, revamped in-flight service and catering, built a new lounge in Lisbon and more. However, there was still the loyalty program which was less than stellar and often wasn’t very valuable to people in…

Lufthansa and United Alleged to Partner for TAP Air Portugal…

American serial airline entrepreneur David Neeleman is close to selling his share of Atlantic Gateway, the holding controller of Portuguese flag carrier TAP Air Portugal, to the Lufthansa Group, Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Negocios reported on Sunday. Neeleman controls 50 percent of Atlantic Gateway, which in turn owns 45 percent…