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Huge increase in US travelers flying to Portugal as JetBlue & TAP partnership hits one year mark

Huge increase in US travelers flying to Portugal as JetBlue & TAP partnership hits one year mark

On June 16 last year, TAP Air Portugal entered into a partnership with JetBlue to provide convenient flight connections through New York’s John F. Kennedy, Boston’s Logan airport and Newark Liberty. The two airlines codeshare on JetBlue flights from 38 U.S. cities, onto TAP’s Lisbon flights from the three U.S. gateways, to destinations across Europe and Africa. After just one year, two thirds of TAP’s connecting passengers are coming from JetBlue flights, which translates into about one in every five TAP passengers to Portugal overall.

Top JetBlue cities for travelers to Portugal are: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Raleigh, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, Tampa, and Detroit.

In Boston, 30% of TAP customers to Lisbon originate on JetBlue flights from 31 cities. At JFK, 20% of TAP’s customers fly in on JetBlue from 25 codeshare cities. Elsewhere, JetBlue connecting customers contribute to TAP’s traffic in Newark and south Florida.

While about 45% of all JetBlue-TAP customers are traveling only to Portugal, 55% of them are also continuing on – many after a stopover – to TAP’s network of 65+ destinations across Europe and Africa.

The most popular destinations beyond Portugal are in southern Europe, especially Spain, Italy and France, which represent together about two thirds of the ‘beyond Portugal’ travel. The most popular cities from Lisbon for these travelers are Rome, Barcelona and Madrid.

“That TAP has doubled our passenger traffic from the U.S. in one year is very pleasing to us – especially with our high average load factor of 85% from the U.S.,” said José Guedes Dias, VP Alliances, Industry and Regulatory Affairs, TAP Air Portugal. “We’re very happy with the success of our agreement with JetBlue in delivering so many customers to our gateway cities.”

“With growth in multiple U.S. markets in just the first year, JetBlue and TAP are bringing valuable connectivity to customers both in the U.S. and abroad,” said Tracy Bink, director alliances and partnerships, JetBlue. “JetBlue’s successful relationship with TAP underscores the importance of our airline partnerships and our commitment to provide award winning service to travelers around the world.”

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