In the first six months of 2019, TAP Air Portugal, the leading airline between the UK and Portugal, carried nearly eight million passengers worldwide, representing a growth of 4.8% since 2018.
The airline recorded passenger increases in all network sectors it operates (except South and Central Atlantic), especially North America, with 9.6% more passengers transported, for a total of 428 thousand, and Africa, where TAP grew 8.5% to 586,000 passengers.
Brazil experienced a slight slowdown, with 2% fewer passengers in the first half, but with the recent months already showing signs of a recovery. In June, for example, TAP carried 3.4% more in Brazilian routes than in the same month of 2018.
On European routes - excluding Portugal - TAP had the highest absolute growth, reaching 4.8 million passengers, 227 thousand more, or 4.9% than in the first six months of the previous year.
In flights between mainland Portugal airports (Lisbon, Porto and Faro), TAP grew 1.8%. In the Azores and Madeira routes, the national airline increased by 4.9%, reaching 633,000 passengers on all routes to and from the Autonomous Regions.
Also noteworthy is the Lisbon-Porto “Air Bridge”, with growth in the first half of 5.8% for the 400,000 passengers.
It is recalled that, traditionally, the first semester always has lower records than the second semester. Additionally, TAP launched new routes during the first half (Tel Aviv, Basel and Dublin on March 31, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Naples and Tenerife throughout June) and some already in the second half in July (Conakry and Porto-Brussels), with their impact on traffic growth only fully felt in the second half of the year.
In September, TAP will also open flights between Porto and Munich and Lyon and between Lisbon and Banjul. The effect of the new routes, coupled with the traditional higher traffic of the second half, allows TAP to state that in 2019 the airline will surpass all records in the number of passengers carried.