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TAP Portugal About TAP Portugal

Founded in March 1945, the Portuguese airline TAP Portugal (Transportes Aéreos Portugueses) made its first commercial flight from Lisbon to Madrid in 1946. In 1953, the company was privatized. The 1960s saw the advent of the jet engine: the company adapted and acquired three Caravelle VI-Rs. The first was delivered in 1962. As early as 1967, TAP Portugal was the first company to fly exclusively with jets.In the early 1970s, it operated its first transatlantic flights and served New York and Boston. Nationalized in 1975, the company continued to expand and received its first Airbuses. In 1989, it served Newark, then Berlin and carried more than 3 million passengers during 1990. At the end of the decade, it served Macao and Bangkok.

The company extended its network and joined Star Alliance in 2005. In 2006, TAP Portugal bought the Portuguese regional company Portugalia. The airline rebranded as Tap Express in 2016. On the strength of numerous awards granted in the years that followed, 2016 was the year in which the company had a makeover. It has in fact started to renew its medium and long-haul fleet. It is also the first company to receive and use an A330 Neo, during 2018.

The airline’s fleet consists primarily of Airbuses. A renewal of the medium-haul fleet is planned for the near future in order to offer passengers more comfort and to protect the environment with economical aircraft. The frequent flyer program is called TAP Miles&Go. TAP Portugal was recognized for its contribution to the development of tourism in Portugal at the World Travel Market trade fair.

TAP Portugal Hub Airports

Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS / LPPT)

TAP Portugal Classes of Service

TAP Portugal offers its flights in 6 different booking classes. The categories are: DISCOUNT, BASIC, CLASSIC, PLUS, EXECUTIVE and TOP EXECUTIVE. They differ in price and service. The DISCOUNT tariff impresses with its low prices. BASIC, CLASSIC and PLUS offer ideal service for the whole family. On the other hand, frequent business travelers enjoy the benefits of the EXECUTIVE and TOP EXECUTIVE classes. These include, for example, priority at check-in, boarding and baggage claim, fast-track, lounge access and free ticket changes.

Lisbon is considered the gateway to Africa and South America, this means that the airline is based at an important European transport hub. Accordingly, the company is an Africa specialist. The African route network is constantly being expanded and includes destinations such as Dakar, Johannesburg and Marrakech.

The airline is also the market leader for flights to Brazil. Historically, Portugal is also closely linked to the country. However, the majority of the flight destinations are within Europe. There is a dense domestic route network, which includes Madeira, Faro, Porto and Funchal, among others. In Europe, London, Frankfurt, Brussels and Madrid are important destinations.

The airline has a codeshare agreement with the following airlines.


Aegean Airlines Brussels Airlines Lufthansa
Aigle Azur Croatia Airlines Luxair
airBaltic EgyptAir Nordica
Air Canada El Al S7 Airlines
Air China Emirates Singapore Airlines
Air India Ethiopian Airlines South African Airways
Alitalia Etihad Airways Swiss International Air Lines
All Nippon Airways Finnair Thai Airways
Austrian Airlines Gol Transportes Aéreos Turkish Airlines
Azores Airlines JetBlue Ukraine International Airlines
Azul Brazilian Airlines LAM Mozambique Airlines United Airlines
Beijing Capital Airlines LOT Polish Airlines

TAP Portugal Check-in

Tap Portugal offers passengers a wide range of options to check in – on the Internet, at the airport and at home.

Online Check-in

The online check-in of TAP Portugal makes checking easy and convenient. Whether you are sitting on the sofa with your tablet at home, surfing the Internet café or in the office, you just have to go to the airline’s homepage on the World Wide Web ( www.flytap.com ) and click on the “Online Check-in” button .

Who cannot use TAP Portugal’s online check-in?

It is possible that you will be asked to personally confirm your credit card details when checking in online or when booking. In this case, check-in via the web is not possible. If you made special requests when booking, such as looking after minors or accompanying a wheelchair user, you must also go to the check-in counter at the departure airport. Even those who take animals in the cabin or in the hold are exempt from online check-in.

What about the luggage?

Travelers without luggage or with hand luggage can go to the security controls and then go directly to the gate. If you are traveling with luggage, this will be checked in at the baggage claim counter. The opening times should be observed here. They can be found on the following airline website.

Are there any special features at certain airports?

The boarding pass is usually printed out after online check-in, but this is not possible at the following airports, where the boarding pass must be picked up at the airport: Algiers, Accra, Bamako, Caracas, Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier.

At some airports you have to go to the check-in counter with your self-printed boarding pass so that the desk confirms that the boarding fee has been paid. This applies to the following airports: Belem, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador.

When is TAP Portugal online check-in available?

In general, check-in via the Internet at TAP Portugal is possible 72 hours before departure. If you are going to the USA or if you come from the United States, then you have the earliest 24 hours in advance. For flights from the following airports, online check-in is only activated 23 hours in advance: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Zagreb, Geneva and Zurich.

Click the button below to check in online.


Airport Check-in

At several airports there are also machines for self-check-in that travelers can use themselves. At Lisbon Airport there is even an automated baggage drop-off facility, and baggage collection from home is also offered here.

Nevertheless, the classic check-in at the counter is always an option. The opening times depend on the respective airport. Regardless of the method chosen, customers must be at the gate no later than half an hour before departure.

TAP Portugal Baggage Allowance

Carry-on baggage

The hand luggage regulations at TAP are very transparent and simply structured. The prohibited items are all listed on the airline’s website and are identical to those specified in the IATA guidelines. You are not allowed to take sharp objects or weapons on board, or liquids that are not packed in the given bags. As a passenger in Economy Class, you are authorized to carry one item of up to 8 kg as hand luggage; in Business Class (“Executive Class” at TAP) it is two items of luggage with a total weight of 16 kg. However, this can vary slightly depending on the flight route. A laptop or a handbag can also be taken on board. While these items may not exceed the maximum dimensions of 40 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm.

Checked baggage

Depending on the booking class and route connections, passengers at TAP Portugal can take different amounts of luggage with them or check them in at the counter. In Economy Class this is usually 23 kg, in Executive Class 32 kg. If you are not a member of the frequent flyer program or the airline club, you can usually only check in one piece of luggage. Children under 2 years old have the option to give up 10 kg. On flights between Europe and Brazil, there is an increased free baggage allowance of two pieces of 32 kg each. Regardless of its weight, a piece of luggage must not exceed 158 cm (height + length + width).

Other luggage

The airline is usually very accommodating when it comes to other baggage that you want to check in via TAP. Only in the case of fragile luggage, such as works of art or musical instruments that have sensitive material, do you have to book your own seat. This special baggage may have a maximum weight of 84 kg. Sports equipment can also be taken along. They are included in the baggage allowance if they do not exceed the maximum weight and size limits. If the luggage is heavier and / or larger, depending on the route, fees of up to 150 euros are added.

Golf baggage: The carriage of golf baggage is chargeable if the free baggage allowance is exceeded. The following fees are charged:

  • Flights within Europe and from/to Algeria and Morocco: 1 golf bag up to 32 kg costs 35 EUR, with a golf bag over 32 kg additional excess baggage charges apply.
  • On intercontinental flights: 1 golf bag up to 32 kg: EUR 75

(Wind) surf equipment: For surfing equipment, depending on the type of equipment, a fee of up to 100 euros on short and medium-haul routes and up to 150 euros on long-haul routes is charged.

Tripuck does not guarantee the correctness and timeliness of the information. Contact your agency or airline for actual luggage information

TAP Portugal Seat Selection

Tap Portugal passengers can flexibly select and reserve their seat on the plane in advance. This service is usually chargeable and can be performed when booking the flight or, alternatively, later online or during online check-in. The price depends on the seat category – for example, there are seats with extra legroom to choose from. Fees for seat reservation are primarily due in the Discount and Basic tariffs.

TAP Portugal Knee Distance

Because of the airlines who want to reduce the cost of flying more passengers, knee distance is very important especially on long haul flights. The front seats and emergency exit seats are the seats with the highest knee distance. It is generally sold for a fee.

TAP Miles&Go Frequent Flyer Program

Tap Miles & Go is TAP Portugal’s frequent flyer program. As a Miles & Go member you have access to a tempting collection of offers. The loyalty program is divided into three categories :

  • TAP Miles & Go : received when registering with the program.
  • TAP Miles & Go Silver : for the participant who accumulates 30,000 Status Miles or 25 segment flights flown with TAP
  • TAP Miles & Go Gold: intended for the participant who accumulates 70,000 Status Miles or 50 segment flights flown with TAP.

You must reach the minimum amount during a single year. Upon reaching, it will have its level changed automatically. That is, if you start earning miles in January and you have already earned 30,000 miles in August, you will not have to wait for the year to end to receive the upgrade – it is immediate.

TAP Portugal Food & Beverage

Economy Class

Even in Economy Class, the meal options vary depending on the flight time. The passenger receives either a hot or cold meal that is served on a tray, or a sweet or savory snack that can be eaten straight out of the box.

Executive Class

In Executive Class, the passenger receives breakfast, lunch, dinner and / or a snack, depending on the time of departure and flight duration. For breakfast, the airline serves a bread basket, a cold cut plate, fresh fruit, yogurt and various types of cheese. Lunch and dinner are prepared by renowned chefs Dânio Braga and Vitor Sobral. If the passenger just wants to enjoy a small snack, he can choose between various light meals, sweet desserts and fresh fruit. In addition, TAP offers a wide variety of drinks – including fruit juices, various types of tea, coffee, espresso and carefully selected wines. Drinks bought abroad may not be taken on board, unless they are drinks from the duty-free shops in the airport.

The availability of special meals

For passengers with special nutritional needs, TAP provides special meals free of charge – including for people with food allergies, with religious eating regulations and for babies and toddlers. Special meals must be ordered online, at a TAP counter or at a travel agency at least 24 hours before departure. The following applies: On intercontinental flights in Executive Class, all special meals are available with a few exceptions. However, special meals cannot be offered on intra-European flights with an overnight stopover. The same applies to flights within Portugal and to flights with a duration of less than four hours.

TAP Portugal Inflight Entertainment

TAP offers an excellent service. The scope depends on the booking class. But even with the DISCOUNT tariff, you get everything you need for a pleasant flight. These include, for example, delicious meals, exciting entertainment and OnAir WiFi – Internet above the clouds. The seat spacings of 76 to 86 cm in Economy Class and 81 to 152 cm in Business Class ensure average legroom. The seat width offered (46 cm Business Class, 56 cm Economy Class) belongs to the better midfield in the airline comparison.


In the planes of Tap Portugal you can surf the Internet via WLAN, for which different prices apply depending on the amount of data and the selected package. Typically, the cheapest option is limited to 4MB for $ 4.99. In some cases, however, entertainment such as films, magazines or news are available free of charge. A special service is roaming in the 3G and 4G cellular network, the costs of which vary depending on the network operator.

TAP Portugal Pet Policy

Who wants to leave your best friend at home? On this page you will find the rules of traveling with your pet during your flight with TAP Portugal.

Please be sure to check with the airline before you travel, as the rules for transporting pets vary according to the airline.

TAP Portugal Lounge

The lounges are indispensable especially for business class passengers. What facilities does it offer? Here you will find detailed information about TAP Portugal lounges for a comfortable start to your trip.

TAP Portugal
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Owner: State Owned (%50), Atlantic Gateway Consortium (%45)
Alliance:Star Alliance
Frequent Flyer Program: TAP Miles&Go
Company slogan: De braços abertos (With Open Arms)

Number of Aircraft: 79
Destinations:  87
Average Age of Aircraft: 9.4
Type of Aircraft: ATR, Airbus, Embraer
Detail of Fleet: ATR 72, Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A320neo, Airbus A321-200, Airbus A321neo, Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-900neo, Airbus A340-300, Embraer 190, Embraer 195

Head Office: Victoria Programme Apartado 50194 1704-801 Lisbon Portugal
Phone Number: +351 218 431 100
Fax Number: +351 218 415 095
E-mail: [email protected]

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