Friday, May 24, 2013

► ANGOLA: TAP Portugal to boost Luanda frequencies between June and September.

TAP Air PortugalIn line with its increased flights to former colony Mozambique this summer, Portugal's TAP Portugal (TP) will also increase its weekly frequencies between Lisbon and Luanda, Angola, from daily, to ten times weekly for the period  June 8 to September 29. During the period an additional 3 weekly day time flights (ex-Lisbon) will operate.

TAP Portugal(TP): Lisbon - Luanda
-EFF 08JUN to 29SEP
  • TP287 LIS 1230 - 2015 LAD 343 567
  • TP289 LIS 2315 - 0700+1 LAD 343 D
  • TP288 LAD 0830 - 1610 LIS 343 D
  • TP286 LAD 2215 - 0600+1 LIS 343 567
Source [TAP Portugal]

According to TAP's Sales Director for Portugal, Paula Canada:
"In the last two years we have seen some reduction in demand for leisure travel from Portugal. But, what has stirred the Portuguese market is the corporate market, whose future remains very healthy and will continue to grow. Maputo rose over 50% last year. And Luanda is growing in double digits in terms of BSP [sales through travel agencies]," she said.
Source [Angonoticias

TAP says that overall operations to Africa in March rose 5.2% traffic-wise, which takes the average growth for Q1 2013 to increase of 2.5%. The occupancy rate improved 2.6 percentage points to stand at 72.5% in late March.