The Portuguese airline TAP Portugal will start flying
from Lisbon to Tallinn next summer. With TAP Portugal’s Tallinn – Lisbon
flights several destinations in South-America and Africa will be much
easier to access than before.
“For a long time we have waited for the moment to announce the good
news about launching a new flight route. Now that TAP Portugal has made
us a Christmas present by announcing the new route, we can also say that
after long-lasting negotiations we have achieved an agreement with TAP
Portugal, according to which flights on the Lisbon-Tallinn route will
commence this summer. The specific date when the flights will start and
the exact flight schedule will be provided by TAP Portugal in the next
few days,” said Erik Sakkov, Member of the Board of Tallinn Airport.
According to the representative of Tallinn Airport this opportunity has
long been waited for and there is even more reason to rejoice as the
launch of TAP Portugal’s flight route is a significant investment into
Estonian economy, it will attract more tourists to Estonia and, in
addition, broadens the trading and export possibilities of Estonian
traders in South-American market.
“The addition of TAP Portugal among the airlines that operate flights
from Tallinn will increase the number of destinations and the
possibilities to reach the most different destinations – the Azores,
Madeira, islands of Cabo Verde and Brazil and other interesting
destinations with only one connecting flight. The entrance of TAP into
our market will help our businessmen, vacationers and other visitors to
save several hours in real time, at the same time offering top comfort
and excellent service. Also, now it will be considerably easier to fly
to the football World Championship from Tallinn,” Sakkov added.
The flight to Lisbon will be the longest regular flight that has ever
been operated from Tallinn, with the distance being 3314 kilometres.
TAP Portugal will operate the route with A320 family airplanes (A319,
A320 and A321) and the flight time will be around 5 hours.
Currently the Portuguese national airline TAP Portugal flies 71
airplanes to 76 destinations in 34 countries. On several occasions TAP
Portugal has gained international recognition for connections to Africa
and South-America, and for high-quality operation (World’s Best Airline
to South America 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; World’s Leading Airline to
Africa 2011, 2012). In addition, TAP Portugal was elected the best
airline company in Europe in 2011 and also this year.