TAP will resume its direct flights linking Budapest and Lisbon on 1 July 2017, using 129-seater Airbus A319 or 157-seater Airbus A320 type aircraft. During the summer schedule period, TAP will operate seven flights per week between the two capitals, every day except Fridays, with two flights early in the morning and five in the afternoon.
The flight time to Lisbon is just three and a half hours, which will pass by pleasantly, as TAP Portugal offers passengers a hot meal and fine Portuguese wines, for no extra cost. These on-board services are included in the fare, along with a maximum of 23 kg hold baggage.
Péter Szolnok, TAP Portugal sales manager for Hungary, said the biggest winners from TAP’s return would be passengers, since the airline is at the forefront of promoting Portugal. TAP Portugal is also an important service provider for South America, and primarily for Brazil. It operates direct flights from Lisbon to no less than nine Brazilian cities, which will become accessible from Budapest, with excellent connectivity.
Kam Jandu, the Chief Commercial Officer of Budapest Airport welcomed the return of the Portuguese national carrier: “Lisbon is quite rightly a popular destination amongst our passengers, and TAP Portugal’s summer schedule provides excellent connectivity between the two capitals, as well as to other Portuguese cities, via transfer in Lisbon. TAP’s wide range of high-quality services makes the journey a pleasant experience, so we expect significant traffic on the route this year.”
The seven weekly flights are favorable for visitors seeking a short city break, as well as those planning to stay for longer. The exotic and beautiful Azores and Madeira archipelagos can both be accessed easily from the Iberian capital. The latter has been popular with Hungarian tourists, as it bears a connection to Hungarian history; Charles Habsburg IV, the last Austro-Hungarian king, is buried there. TAP’s flight schedule also offers passengers convenient transfer connections to Morocco, Cabo Verde and Brazil.