TAP to increase charter offer

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 16-01-2020 15:37:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal’s flag carrier TAP on Thursday said that it wants to expand its offer in the commercial aircraft charter market, and is strengthening the specialisation of Portugália Airlines (PGA), which is part of the group, in this business area.

According to the company, Portugália already operates all its flights for TAP, now making all its know-how available in this charter area to the market in general.

Asked by Lusa whether this specialisation implies an increase in the number of aircraft dedicated to this business, an official source explained that there are no aircraft exclusively dedicated to this business, it is rather to enhance the use of Portugália's current fleet, so it will not increase the number of aircraft.

TAP Air Portugal and Portugália Airlines provide aircraft rental services (charter) to various destinations in Europe and the world.

Owned 100% by TAP Group since 2007, PGA renewed its fleet in 2016 and currently operates with a total of 13 aircraft, nine Embraer 190 aircraft, with capacity for 106 seats and four Embraer 195 aircraft, with 118 seats.

In the charter market, he explains, the TAP group delivers to the customer the aircraft ready to fly, covering all costs related to the operation of flights.

These costs include aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance, fuel, ground handling of passengers, cargo and mail (loading and unloading costs), overflight permits, landing permits, catering and all other operational costs, including insurance for the aircraft.

TAP highlighted, in this respect, the flexibility of its fleet management, as it allows direct charter flights from Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal, Terceira and Ponta Delgada to the destination requested by customers.

The TAP network currently covers 90 destinations in 36 countries worldwide, operating an average of 3,000 flights per week, with a fleet of 106 aircraft: 85 Airbus aircraft and 21 at the service of TAP Express, the company's trademark for its regional network.


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