With Porto Alegre, the Portuguese airline resumes the 13 routes it operated to Brazil before covid-19.
TAP resumed flights to Porto Alegre on March 29, with three flights per week, resuming operations to all Brazilian destinations that it had been flying to before the pandemic, the airline said in a statement.
TAP now connects a total of 11 cities in Brazil (13 routes) to Portugal, with a total of 73 flights per week. These are Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belém, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Fortaleza, Natal, Maceió, Porto Alegre, Recife and Salvador, with direct flights to Lisbon. Porto has direct connections to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The South and Central Atlantic was the Portuguese company’s second largest market in 2019, before the pandemic, accounting for 26.1% of revenues. Europe was first, with 40.9%.
TAP CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener was in Porto Alegre, where she met with local and state authorities to mark the resumption of these flights. The connection between Lisbon and the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul becomes the company’s second longest, after San Francisco.