Lisbon, Portugal, 5 Jul – Portuguese flag carrier TAP Air Portugal inaugurated last Saturday a new route to Brazil and will now fly three times weekly to Viracopos airport in Campinas, Sao Paulo state, for a total of 17 weekly flights to the Sao Paulo area.
TAP is the first international airline to operate at Viracopos, a destination chosen because no more slots are available at Sao Paulo’s international airport, an airline source said.
The Lisbon-Sao Paulo route was TAP Air Portugal’s top long-haul destination in 2009, with 201,000 passengers transported.
The same source said that inhabitants in the Sao Paulo state interior prefer to use Viracopos, where the company hopes to have a similar occupation rate, instead of the main Guarulhos airport, in order to keep away from the most congested airports.
In 2009, Viracopos Airport in Campinas recorded more than 3.3 million boarding/disembarking passengers, the best performance in its history, for growth of 210.34 percent over 2008.
TAP forecasts that the Brazilian market will account for 11 percent of revenues in 2010.
With the three new flights to Viracopos the Portuguese airline now operates 70 flights per week to various Brazilian cities. (macauhub)