TAP Express

TAP Express
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2016
Hubs Lisbon Airport
Focus cities Porto Airport
Frequent-flyer program TAP Victoria
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 23
Destinations 23
Parent company TAP Portugal
Headquarters Lisbon, Portugal
Key people CEO
Humberto Pedrosa, David Neeleman
Chairman of the Board
Miguel Frasquilho
Website flytap.com

TAP Express (TAP standing for Transportes Aéreos Portugueses) is a Portuguese regional airline brand name for TAP Air Portugal which operates short and medium-haul routes. TAP Air Portugal's lone wholly owned regional airline, Portugália Airlines, operates under the TAP Express banner. White Airways, an airline owned by Omni Aviation, also operates regular flights for TAP Express using 9 ATR 72 turboprops. Its head office is on the grounds of Lisbon Portela Airport in Lisbon.


On 14 January 2016, TAP Portugal announced that Portugália, its regional subsidiary, would be rebranded as TAP Express as of 27 March 2016,[1] as part of the restructuring measures within the group, even though the company still operates as a wholly owned company of TAP Air Portugal. Mainline carriers often use regional airlines to operate services in order to increase frequency, serve routes that would not sustain larger aircraft, or for other competitive reasons.

Also on 14 January 2016, TAP Air Portugal also announced that the entire Portugália fleet consisting of Fokker 100 and Embraer ERJ-145 would be replaced by July 2016 with new Embraer 190 and ATR 72-600 aircraft (the latter operated by White Airways) which will receive a livery similar to that of TAP Portugal.[1]


For list of destinations see: TAP Express destinations


As of October 2017, the TAP Express fleet includes the following aircraft:[2]

TAP Express Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
ATR 72-600 8 70 70 operated by White Airways
Embraer 190LR 9 106 106 operated by Portugália Airlines
Embraer 195 4[3] 118 118 operated by Portugália Airlines
Total 21


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