Portuguese air carrier TAP announces end of direct flights to Johannesburg

21 January 2011

Lisbon, Portugal, 21 Jan – Portuguese state airline TAP – Air Portugal has announced the end, from the end of June, of direct flights between Lisbon and Johannesburg, which will start being carried out via Maputo.

The company said that following an agreement with Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM), flights between Portugal and South Africa would include a stop off in Maputo and that the Mozambican airline would provide a link between Maputo and Johannesburg in their own aircraft, at times that fit in with arrivals from and departures to Lisbon.

The airline said that the current three flights per week between Lisbon and Johannesburg, in a combined operation with Maputo, and a fourth exclusively serving the Mozambican capital, as of June would be replaced by four direct flights between Lisbon and Maputo, operated on a code-share basis, two using a TAP aircraft and two using a LAM aircraft.

“LAM’s decision to operate its own flights to Lisbon determined the need to reformulate the commercial agreement between the two airlines,” the TAP statement said. (macauhub)