The company said that in the months under review, it was able to record passenger increase in all sectors in which it operates, except the South and Central Atlantic “with emphasis on North America, with 9.6% more passengers transported, to 428,000, and Africa, where TAP grew 8.5% to a total of 586,000 passengers” reads the same note.

On the other hand, according to TAP, the Brazilian market showed a decrease with 2% fewer passengers in the first half of this year, with the airline pointing to “signs of a recovery” in recent months.

TAP noted that European routes, with the exception of Portugal “had the highest absolute growth, reaching 4.8 million passengers, 227,000 more, or 4.9%” than in the first half of the previous year. Regarding flights between airports in mainland Portugal (Lisbon, Porto and Faro) Tap grew 1.8% according to the press release.

At the same time, on the Azores and Madeira routes “the national airline registered an increase of 4.9%, reaching 633,000 passengers on all routes to and from the autonomous regions” said TAP. TAP also recalled that “traditionally the first half of the year has always been lower that the second half” regarding passenger numbers.