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TAP increases services to Africa

9th February 2010 Print

TAP has announced plans to open a new route to Marrakech in June, operating 3 flights per week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The company continues to pursue its expansion strategy in Africa, which is the only part of its network to have shown steady growth since 2001. Passenger numbers have risen from 236,000 to 541,000, an increase of 129%. It was also the only part of the TAP network to record growth in 2009, posting an increase of 6.4%.

With the opening of this new route in June, TAP will now cover a network of ten cities in eight African countries, operating a total of 55 flights per week between Portugal and the continent. In Morocco, Marrakech now joins Casablanca, which is currently served by 13 flights a week. TAP flies seven times a week to both Sal and Praia in Cape Verde, and operates the same frequency to Dakar in Senegal. The company increased its service to Luanda to 10 flights per week last year. TAP also flies the Maputo / Johannesburg route three times per week, as well as running one extra direct flight a week to the Mozambican capital.

Finally, the airline operates three flights per week to Bissau and one to São Tomé.

The Marrakech flights will leave Lisbon at 5.15pm and arrive at 6.55pm. On the return leg, they will depart at 7.35pm and land back in Lisbon at 9.15pm.

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