TAP Portugal

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Completely owned by the Portuguese state, TAP Portugal has been operating for more than 70 years – growing as the country develops as an increasingly popular tourist destination, both in the North of the country and in the Algarve. With a hugely diverse list of destinations and routes, TAP has been elected as the World’s Leading Airline to Africa and to South America.

The Portuguese have historically been great travellers, with natives honoured as some of the world’s foremost explorers and navigators. This is reflected in TAP Portugal’s current operations – currently flying to 88 destinations in 38 countries around the world. TAP has been name Europe’s safest, and the world’s fourth safest, airline.


Officially founded on 14 March 1945, Tap Portugal’s first communal flight took place on 19 September the following year from Lisbon to the Spanish capital, Madrid. The airline then operated a 12-stop colonial service which visited Angola and Mozambique (both historical Portuguese colonies) and other African nations. Regular services between Lisbon and Porto began in 1947 and the airline began the process of investing in more aircraft.

Within 18 years, more than one million people had flown with TAP Portugal Airlines and an increased number of services to the US began. In 2005, the airline joined the Star Alliance and was recognised by NATO for standards of safety and repair in its aircraft.

The airline has continued to increase its focus on the countries of Africa, opening up new routes to Marrakesh and Algiers amongst others.

Currently owned by the Portuguese state, officials are (as of Q2 2015) looking for private investors for TAP Portugal.

Main Features

Positioned at the very Western tip of Europe; Portugal and TAP are perfectly placed to connect a number of continents, with their hubs in Lisbon and Porto serving as popular connection points. The longstanding relationship between the country and the nations of Africa further benefit TAP Portugal when developing long-haul routes.

The significant emphasis placed upon safety and security has seen TAP Portugal assume an envious position as one of the world’s safest airlines – recognised for the ground teams’ high levels of attention to detail. This has result in TAP Portugal’s regular inclusions in the world’s safest airlines lists.

Facts and Figures

Founded: 1945

Number of Employees: 6,889

Number of Aircraft: 77 (Including Subsidiaries)

Number of Destinations: 88

Passengers per Year: 10.7 million

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