TAP Air Portugal to launch Zagreb service


Portuguese national carrier TAP will introduce flights between Lisbon and Zagreb next summer season, marking its return to the Croatian capital following a five-year hiatus. Services will run three times per week, each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday starting March 28. Flights are currently scheduled to run on a seasonal summer basis but may be extended into the winter should there be sufficient demand. Operations will be maintained with the Airbus A319 aircraft, which has the capacity to seat 144 passengers. “TAP takes advantage of seasonal expansion opportunities to plan and strengthen its network, taking into account its strategy between Europe and the Americas, as well as Africa”, the airline said. Besides Zagreb, it is adding Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Djerba and Oujda to its route network next summer.

TAP last operated flights to Zagreb in March 2016. Following, the route's termination, the Portuguese carrier initially codeshared on Croatia Airlines’ service between Zurich and Zagreb but later added its codes onto its Star Alliance partner’s new nonstop service between the Croatian and Portuguese cities, which was launched in the summer of 2016. Croatia Airlines itself has still not scheduled its seasonal flights between the two capitals for next year. TAP first introduced services to Zagreb in 2004 and in its final years maintained year-round operations, with winter flights running via Bologna. Tickets for TAP’s new Zagreb services for next year are on sale now.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic Zagreb Airport was not linked to Lisbon this year. The airport handled 719.358 passengers during the January - August period, representing a decrease of 68.9%. The number of aircraft movements for the same period stood at 14.795, down 50.9%. Despite a number of carriers temporarily suspending their operations to the Croatian capital this year, Ukraine’s Windrose Airlines plans to commence services between Kiev and Zagreb this October, with TAP becoming the second carrier to announce new flights to the city so far this year. Further details for the upcoming Lisbon - Zagreb service can be found here.

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  1. Anonymous09:02

    Certainly a very nice and upper level addition to the airport. Didn't see that one coming. Bravo Hrvatska!

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    1. JU520 BEGLAX12:43

      +1

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    2. Anonymous13:19

      Prestigious airline for prestigious airport like ZAG

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    3. Anonymous13:20

      TAP prestigious? Seriously? You should fly more.

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    4. Anonymous13:56

      By the logic of this blog, this comment should be considered as a hate comment. By yeah TAP is not prestigeous but its still a legacy carrier.

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    5. Anonymous17:09

      So are Belavia and Montenegro.

      So what? Same as TAP deep in financial problems.

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    6. Anonymous22:00

      Well legacy big as TAP can offer larger amount of connenctions so its very usefull to have more airlines like this at ZAG.

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  2. Anonymous09:03

    Fantastic news!

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  3. Anonymous09:03

    Good news but given the ongoing pandemic it's unwise to plan this long ahead. Just yesterday OS' CEO stated that advance bookings are not good and that situation is not that good. Seems like the situation will be much worse before it gets better.

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  4. Anonymous09:05

    Nice addition.

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  5. Anonymous09:06

    Will be interesting to see how if Croatia Airlines brings back the route next year.

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  6. Anonymous09:07

    Welcome back :)

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  7. Anonymous09:14

    I knew they would come back sooner or later.

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    1. Anonymous09:40

      I really liked them. Good to see them back.

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  8. Anonymous09:16

    Nice. Are the flights timed to offer good connections to South America?

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    1. Anonymous09:44

      TAP wasn't really a cheap option for South American connection back in the day. At first yes it was one of the few options for many travelers, but then Paris, Frankfurt and London became cheaper alternatives.

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    2. Anonymous19:29

      Didn't know that. We will see this time around.

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  9. Anonymous09:23

    Finally some good news!

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  10. Anonymous09:24

    Hope they extend it to winter.

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    1. Anonymous09:25

      Last time around they flew via Bologna which was interesting.

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    2. Anonymous09:25

      In winter I mean.

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    3. Anonymous09:28

      Did they have local traffic rights for Bologna-Zagreb?

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    4. Anonymous09:32

      Of course they did. They are an EU carrier.

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    5. Anonymous09:58

      Wonder if there was any local traffic.

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    6. Anonymous11:12

      Doubt it, if there were this route would have stayed like that. Yields would be great.

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    7. Yes, they did, even before Croatia entered to EU , Bologna to Zagreb part worked as a separate flight.

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    8. Anonymous17:12

      When did TAP started flying to ZAG for the first time?

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    9. Anonymous17:14

      It says in the article.

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    10. Anonymous17:46

      Thanks. My bad

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  11. Anonymous09:24

    Good schedule for a short citybreak.

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    1. Anonymous11:08

      You actually need more than just a weekend to visit Lisbon, there are many places to visit, eh? 5 days is perfect!

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      I meant for people to Portugal to come to Zagreb :)

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  12. Anonymous09:37

    Really hope it works out

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  13. Anonymous09:39

    Brilliant, this is just the beginning

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  14. Anonymous09:46

    I think we might have a case of TAP replacing OU.

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    1. Anonymous09:47

      Also thinks so as two airlines will be too much

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    2. Anonymous11:21

      Bad news for OU

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  15. Anonymous09:48

    I find it interesting that TAP does not fly anywhere to the Croatian coast during the summer

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    1. Anonymous09:58

      They used to. To Dubrovnik many years ago.

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    2. Anonymous11:20

      They already have their coast.

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    3. Anonymous13:08

      So does Greece, but this is regarding linking tourist hotspots (ex. Dubrovnik, Mykonos).

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  16. Anonymous09:48

    Bravo Hrvatska!

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  17. Anonymous09:54

    Fantastic, market is probably ready to go back to growing once again. Looking forward to seeing who is next!

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  18. Anonymous09:59

    Nice

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  19. Anonymous10:01

    The more airlines the better.

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  20. Anonymous11:00

    Bad news for OU, this route actually performed well for them. Now I don't see them returning with such fierce competition that offers a much better product.

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    1. Anonymous11:19

      Exactly, they will have to reduce even limited flying network.

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    2. Anonymous20:27

      What is "much better product" on this route, they both fly with A319/A320, even OU has better legroom in their aircraft. This is not long haul route where you can say things like that.

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  21. Anonymous11:20

    I flew once on OU from LIS to ZAG but it was operated by Trade Air's Fokker. It took over 3 hours. �� Interesting times!

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    1. Anonymous12:41

      The first two years of LIS service OU used to lease the F100s. But I think they later operated with A319.

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  22. Are ZAG to LIS flights timed w TAP flights to Africa?

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    1. Anonymous17:17

      Not really but they are to South America

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  23. Anonymous12:13

    If they have cheap prices for Madeira and Azores like now from Budapest & Vienna it will be great to fly from Zagreb ������

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  24. Anonymous12:38

    This is a good development. At least it's not a suspension. Great news.

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  25. Anonymous15:02

    A big win for Zagreb .
    Would have expected them to fly to Belgrade, especially when you consider that Lissabon and Belgrade airports have the same owners .

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    1. Anonymous15:03

      They realised they can't compete against Wizz Air on this route which will fly year round. Here they are merely replacing Croatia Airlines on a seasonal basis.

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  26. Anonymous17:17

    Some good news for a change.

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