TAP launches flights to Miami in 2011
Thursday 30, December 2010
From next summer Miami will be the second North American destination to be served by TAP, which will operate five flights per week between Lisbon and Miami – that most emblematic city in the State of Florida and a destination used as the main distribution passenger hub between Central America and the Caribbean and Europe.
It is also a destination chosen by increasing numbers of Portuguese flyers and which will also contribute to increased traffic flows to Europe – potentially benefiting tourism in Portugal. This year it is amongst the main destinations that do not have direct flights from Portugal having seen a 35% increase in the Portuguese market.
Miami has a high traffic potential. With its primary catchment area covering both the cities of Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and its secondary area extending to the theme parks in Orlando, Fort Mayers and Tampa, Miami is also the main departure point for the Caribbean cruise industry, which attracts approximately 12 million people per year.
With the inauguration of this new connection TAP is hoping to increase the traffic flows between Europe and Miami, thereby consolidating the competitiveness of its hub in Lisbon and the traffic on its European routes. Also envisaged by TAP is an increase in passenger flow between Portugal and Latin America, founded on its partnerships with other members of the Star Alliance.
It must be highlighted here that TAP already operates direct flights from Lisbon and Porto to New York – Newark in the United States with seven flights from Lisbon and three from Porto per week in the summer period (with five and two departures per week respectively during the winter).
In 2010 TAP is forecasting passenger numbers totalling 175 thousand between Portugal and the USA, which represents an 11% increase over the previous year. In 2011 with the inauguration of the new route to Miami, total passenger numbers between the two countries will register a significant increase.
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