TAP Portugal is returning to Canadian skies after a two-decade absence with new Toronto-Lisbon service from the Portuguese carrier starting this summer. Airline officials are optimistic that Canadians will find Portugal affordable, safe, close, and a gateway to Europe, while the large Portuguese diaspora in Canada will have a new option to get back to the homeland. Here’s what agents need to know:
- Late-night flights on retrofitted A330 aircraft start June 10 from Toronto Pearson’s Terminal 1.
- The Star Alliance member will fly five times weekly in summer (excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays), three times in winter.
- Lisbon is being positioned as the “Reykjavik of southern Europe,” i.e. a gateway and hub, with connections to 84 destinations, but particularly Spain, the Mediterranean region and Africa.
- A stopover program will allow travellers to linger in Lisbon or other parts of Portugal for up to three days without extra charge; an airline app will have discounts and special offers to help make the visit more affordable.
- The airline says it is here to “work together with the trade” with airline industry veteran Lillian Vieira filling the role of district sales manager for Canada.