Probably the worst time to add new routes?
TAP Portugal is adding three new long-haul routes to Cancun, Cape Town, and Toronto.
The Portuguese flag-carrier has apparently decided to load three new long-haul routes, all set to begin later this year.
1. TAP launches Lisbon to Cancun
TAP Portugal will be launching 3x weekly flights between Lisbon and Cancun starting October 27, 2020 using the Airbus A330-900neo.
This flight to Cancun will be the airline’s only flight to Mexico. TAP will face competition from carrier “Orbest”.
TP176 Lisbon to Cancun departing 9:35 AM arriving 3:00 PM - Tue, Thu, Sat
TP177 Cancun to Lisbon departing 4:30 PM arriving 6:30 AM (+1 day) - Tue, Thu Sat
The flight doesn’t seem to be bookable just yet.
2. TAP launches Lisbon to Cape Town
TAP’s next long-haul route is Lisbon to Cape Town, South Africa.
This flight will operate 3x weekly from November 11, 2020, using the A330-900neo.
This will be the only direct flight between Lisbon and Cape Town. I’m pretty sure it’s the only direct flight between Portugal and South Africa.
TP275 Lisbon to Cape Town departing 10:30 AM arriving 11:40 PM - Sun, Wed, Fri
TP276 Cape Town to Lisbon departing 2:05 AM arriving 11:30 AM - Mon, Thu, Sat
3. TAP launches Ponta Delgada to Toronto
TAP Portugal will be launching a new transatlantic flight from Ponta Delgada in the Azores to Toronto.
This PDL-YYZ flight will operate 2x weekly from June 25, 2020 using the A321LR.
This is a pretty interesting flight as it will be TAP’s second “long-haul” flight out of the island following its Ponta Delgada to Boston flight, which is set to launch on June 4, 2020 also using the A321LR.
TAP will compete against Azores Airlines, which already flies to both Boston and Toronto from Ponta Delgada.
P261 Ponta Delgada to Toronto departing 3:40 PM arriving 6:30 PM - Sun, Thu
TP258 Toronto to Ponta Delgada departing 9:25 PM arriving 7:20 AM (+1 day) Sun, Thu
This flight is already bookable on TAP’s website.
Really not the best choice given the worldwide circumstances?
What are your thoughts on TAP’s ambitious new plans? Do you think these routes will actually launch on-time given the worldwide circumstances?