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:

  1. Late-night flights on retrofitted A330 aircraft start June 10 from Toronto Pearson’s Terminal 1.
  2. The Star Alliance member will fly five times weekly in summer (excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays), three times in winter.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 

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