TAP launches Bordeaux service
Last Friday, 1 April, TAP launched its direct service between Lisbon and Bordeaux, the airline’s new destination in France, in addition to the five other cities currently served – Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse – totalling 149 flights per week between the two countries.
TAP’s Lisbon-Bordeaux operation will start with six connections per week, moving to a daily service at the start of June. The new Bordeaux route will use Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft.
Bordeaux is the sixth largest metropolitan area in France, and one of the largest on the European coast. It is also a very popular tourism destination. Bordeaux is the capital of Aquitania, a region with the sixth largest GDP in France. Along with Paris and Nice, Bordeaux is one of the country’s key ‘brand images’. It is the wine industry’s world capital and plays host to the largest trade fair for wines, Vinexpo. In 2007, Bordeaux was given UNESCO World Heritage Site status, as an exceptional example of ‘a city of art and history’.
The first flight left Lisbon this morning on ERJ 145 “Melro”, with a crew comprising captain Orlando Santos, first officer Ricardo Gouveia, chief purser Alexandra Isidoro and steward Cristiano.
The new Bordeaux and Düsseldorf routes are the first of the new destinations that TAP is unveiling this year: six of which are in Europe (Athens, Manchester, Vienna and Dubrovnik); Bamako (Mali) and São Vicente (Cape Verde) on the African continent; Miami in the US and Porto Alegre in Brazil.