16 MAY 2016


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Article from BTNews 16 MAY 2016

Battle joined for South America

Increasing competition on routes to South America has brought responses from TAP Portugal and Turkish Airlines, both promoting their own services.

TAP has a new campaign highlighting its routes via Lisbon and Porto. The Portuguese carrier says its network makes it “the key European airline to Brazil from the UK”. 

TAP has 67 scheduled flights a week via the two hubs from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester offering what it says are fast and convenient connections to 10 destinations.

Routes include Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Salvador, Recife, Belem and Porto Alegre.

Turkish Airlines has launched new services to Bogota and Panama City, whose integration means the carrier now operates to 14 destinations in six countries across the Americas.

The new routes join Buenos Aires and São Paulo as well as the major US gateways as the carrier continues its expansion into the western hemisphere.

Turkish Airlines chairman İlker Aycı noted that both Bogota and Panama City were home bases to fellow Star Alliance members – Avianca in Colombia and Copa in Panama.

The link with Istanbul and Turkish Airlines’ network would be of great benefit to travellers by adding even more connectivity, he added.



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