TAP Air Portugal have announced plans to add two new routes from the United States, launching a “non-stop” service to Lisbon from Washington, DC and Chicago. The service will be launched next year, and will begin with five flights per week between Chicago O’Hare and Lisbon on June 1, 2019, and will later offer five more flights between Washington-Dulles and Lisbon on June 16.
The airline will also be using the new routes to Lisbon to promote it’s Portugal Stopover program which was originally launched in 2016, which encourages tourism to places in Portugal outside of Lisbon, including Faro and many more. The stopover program itself allows travellers to choose from over 70 destinations throughout Europe and Africa, and offers a number of benefits including hotel discounts in Faro and other locations, as well as free museum entry and more.
His Excellency Domingos Fezas Vital, the Ambassador of Portugal to the United States of America, also commented on the new plans: “These two new connections will enable an even greater number of Americans to discover what Portugal has to offer as a privileged destination to visit, to live in, to invest and to study,” He also added: “In that sense, they are a major contribution to the further strengthening of the already close links between two peoples and two countries, that are neighbours across the ocean.”
“With more than 70 new planes on the way, this is only just the beginning,” said David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways and a major shareholder in TAP. “We have 10 gateways from Brazil to Portugal and believe we can support the same number from the US. Today’s expansion to Chicago and Washington, DC reflects what an increasingly popular destination Portugal has become, especially with visitors from the U.S. Our network beyond Lisbon is also growing. We now serve 55 destinations in Europe and 17 in Africa and fully 50 percent of our American passengers are flying us to places beyond Portugal, many making use of our popular Portugal Stopover program.”