TAP CARRIED MORE THAN 10.7 MILLION PASSENGERS IN 2013

In 2013, TAP carried 10,703,000 passengers in its system-wide network, that is to say some 517,000 passengers above same period (JAN – DEC) in previous year, which translated into a 5 per cent increase year-on-year.

Such positive traffic results are mainly due to the improvement in the average load-factor, which went up to 79.4 per cent posted last year, 2.6 p.p. better than the 76.8 per cent L/F in 2012.

For that matter, it is worthy of mention the fact that TAP achieved such an increase despite having kept the same number of aircraft in fleet in operation as well as the same capacity offered (with no ASK growth).

When analysing the whole year’s traffic, the company posted an 8.3 per cent growth in passenger numbers in December alone, with domestic flights to Madeira and the Azores ( 12.2 per cent) along with those to Africa ( 13.5 per cent) ranking as two of the top sectors of the network with best performance, amongst others.

Considering the aggregate figures January – December 2013, the European network was key to the overall increase of the year, with some 443,000 passengers more ( 7.2 per cent) carried, along with Africa that grew 7.5 per cent and Venezuela (Central America) with 12.6 per cent more.

About TAP Portugal
TAP is Portugal’s leading airline, in operation since 1945 and member of Star Alliance, the global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach, since 2005. Its hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, North and South America, where TAP stands out as the international leading carrier in operation to Brazil. The company’s network currently comprises 77 destinations in 34 countries worldwide, with 10 new destinations in Europe and South America to be added throughout 2014. TAP currently operates 2,250 weekly flights in average on a modern fleet of 55 Airbus aircraft, to which add some 16 aircraft operating in PGA colours, TAP regional carrier, thus adding up to a 71 aircraft fleet in the whole. In the pursuit of its customer focused policy, TAP continuously strives to deliver safe, reliable and upgraded products & services, tailored to meet customers’ expectations. Retaining the Portuguese character of the Company’s brand and quality service as the basic concept has been the main driver of TAP strategy in most recent years. Recognized and awarded as the World’s Leading Airline to Africa by the World Travel Awards in 2011 & 2012, TAP was also awarded the WTA World’s Leading Airline to South America in 2009, 2010, 2011 and again in 2012. Voted Best Airline in Europe in 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the Global Traveler, USA, the company was also honored by UNESCO and by the International Union of Geological Sciences with the IYPE “Planet Earth Award 2010”, in the category of “Most Innovative Sustainable Product”. TAP was also voted Best Airline by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine in 2010 and Best Portuguese Tourism Company by the specialized magazine Marketeer, in 2011.

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