In June 2019, San Francisco will become TAP Air Portugal’s eighth North American gateway when the airline debuts a new route between the California city and Lisbon.
The San Francisco route, which is in addition to the also recently announced new service from Washington, D.C. and Chicago, will be the the airline’s only west coast gateway. The flights will operate Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from June 10, departing California at 4:10 p.m., and arriving in Lisbon at 11:25 a.m. the following morning. Returning flights leave Lisbon at 10 a.m., arriving into San Francisco at 2:40 p.m. As the launch carrier for the A330neo airplane, TAP will operate this flight service aboard the new aircraft with 21 planes planned for delivery in the next 18 months.
“We’re excited to keep adding new cities from the USA to Portugal,” said David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways and a major shareholder in TAP, in press materials. “Despite being a 73-year old airline, this year TAP is one of the world’s top 10 fastest growing airlines. As Portugal has become a more popular destination, U.S. travelers have not only found out about Portugal but also about flying TAP beyond Lisbon to our 70+ destinations across Europe and Africa.”
Economy fares from SFO to Lisbon start at just $380 one way, all-inclusive of taxes, or from $800 roundtrip. In TAP’s Executive business class, which offers 34 fully-flat reclining chairs that are more than six ft. long, fares on both routes start at $1,531 one way, or $3,102 roundtrip.