Brazil: Portugal’s TAP and Brazil’s TAM announce cargo transport deal

17 April 2009

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 17 April – Portuguese airline Tap and Brazilian air carrier TAM Linhas Aéreas Thursday in Sao Paulo announced an operational agreement to share cargo transport flights, which is expected to double the amount of cargo transported this year.

The agreement will make it possible to complement the airlines’ destination network by at least 15 different destinations, namely South America, for TAP and Africa and Europe for TAM.

TAP will offer routes to a further 10 Brazilian state capitals where it does not operate directly, as well as to Buenos Aires, Asuncion, Lima, Montevideo and Santiago.

Tam, in turn will have access to the destinations of Lisbon, Porto, Prague, Budapest, Stockholm, Oslo, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Zagreb, Luanda, Maputo, Dakar, Sal, Sao Tome and Guinea Bissau.

The two companies have had a partnership for passenger transport since July 2007, with code shred flights and an integrated air miles programme.

The agreement outlines that each airline will be responsible for transporting cargo as far as the closest airport to where it currently operates, then handing over to the other company, which will complete the route. (macauhub)