TAP Portugal Announces Campaign to Promote Its Service in UK

TAP Portugal, a Portugal based airline, is launching a marketing campaign for its route from the UK, to Lisbon Airport in Portugal.

The new daily service from Manchester Airport, to Lisbon Airport, has been recently extended from a five day a week service.

The newly expanded service commences from October 28, 2012, with the airline offering twin-class fares, which include complimentary food and drink, complimentary advance seat choice, a 23kg baggage allowance, and the Executive and Victoria frequent flyer services.

The airline is extending the Anglo-Portuguese connection to become the main air carrier between Portugal and the UK.

The airline’s new campaign is intended to attract British travellers flying to Portugal, and includes the launch of around one hundred branded taxis, and several posters in Manchester Piccadilly station to promote the route.

With this extension, the total number of flights offered by the airline increases to 74 every week. The airline’s winter schedule for 2012 for British residents include 46 flights every week from Lisbon to London, 14 flights from Porto to London, seven from Funchal to London, and seven from Lisbon to Manchester. The airline is currently also offering a service from London Heathrow airport in the UK to Funchal International Airport in Madeira, Portugal.

The airline has commenced its services on the Lisbon to Manchester route in June 2011, and is currently flying the sector with a load factor of 84 percent, as reported in July 2012. Since its inception, the airline has flown around 48,000 passengers on this route within one year of service.

Currently, the airline is hosting the 9th Fraud Prevention Meeting of European Airlines at its headquarters in Portugal, in an effort to find solutions to fraudulent practises that are cheating airlines each year.

TAP Portugal Increases Service to UK

TAP Portugal, a Portugal based airline, has announced an increase in its flights to the UK.

The airline is extending the Anglo-Portuguese connection by increasing its five- times a week service from Manchester Airport in UK to Lisbon Airport in Portugal to a daily service.

The newly expanded service commences from October 28, 2012, with the airline offering twin-class fares, which includes complimentary food and drink, complimentary advance seat choice, a 23kg baggage allowance, and the Executive and Victoria frequent flyer services.

With this extension, the total number of flights offered by the airline increases to 74 every week. The airline’s winter schedule for 2012 for British residents includes 46 flights every week from Lisbon to London; 14 flights from Porto to London; seven from Funchal to London; and seven from Lisbon to Manchester. The airline is currently also offering a service from London Heathrow airport to Madeira airport, Portugal.

The airline commenced its services on the Lisbon to Manchester route in June 2011, and is currently flying the sector with a load factor of 84%, as reported in July 2012. Since its inception, the airline has flown around 48,000 passengers on this route within one year of service.

The airline, which serves a total of 75 destinations in 35 countries, is also the main carrier between the UK and Spain. The airline is currently trying to increase its reach to more destinations in North and South America, and Africa.

The airline, however, in the first half of 2012, registered a loss of €112 million, suffering from industrial action in the sector, which had a direct impact of €21.6 million. Half yearly revenues, however, increased by 9.3% from the same period in 2011, to €1.084 billion.

Portuguese ATC Strike Set To Cause Disruption

Travel disruption is expected this weekend as air traffic controllers from Portugal’s air navigation services provider, NAV, prepare to step up their strike action.

Airline passengers travelling to or from Portugal this weekend should be prepared for delays and cancellations as the nation’s air traffic controllers begin three days of strikes. The workers are planning intermittent, two-hour strikes throughout Thursday, with a 24-hour strike planned for Friday, meaning that the disruption continues into the weekend.

The planned work stoppages are the latest action taken by air traffic controllers in an ongoing protest against government plans to cut salaries and restructure the sector as part of Portugal’s economic austerity plan.

The strikes will hit the flight plans of many of Europe’s major airlines, including Ireland-based Ryanair, considered to be Europe’s largest no-frills carrier, which has confirmed a number of flight cancellations due to the disruption. The action has caused the airline to call on the European Commission to remove the right to strike from air traffic controllers in Europe, to bring them in line with most of Europe’s police forces and army personnel, and air traffic controllers in the USA.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said, ‘The summer schedules in Europe are just weeks’ old and already the Portuguese air traffic controllers will be engaging in three days of strikes. The solution to this problem is simple, remove their right to strike in exactly the same way that air traffic controllers in the USA are prevented by law from striking.’

In a statement, the British Foreign Office said, ‘Disruption to flights to and from Portugal on these dates may be experienced as a result. Travellers are advised to contact their travel company or airline for further information.’

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The Portuguese Algarve coast is proving to be one of the most popular destinations amongst holidaymakers, with bookings over the Easter period up more than 90% on the same time last year. Malta is also a popular destination this Easter with sales up 22% on the previous year.

Malaga, Turkey and the Greek Island of Rhodes make up the top five most popular destinations this holiday period.

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