TAP launched the route when MFM
was opened (1995?) with two weekly LIS
A340 services. It was purely a political operation to show case the colonial power in its last few years in the region.
I remember seeing a photo of the opening of MFM
and TAP actually had TWO of its A340s down at MFM
- definetly showing off its presence in its colony.
Anyway the route had extremely low loads and was abolished a few years later (surprise surprise).
However as someone else pointed out, I do recall Brussels fitting into the picture somewhere. I think this was towards the latter part of the operation as LIS
was not working, they though that including BRU
will be a revenue earner, as neither SN
were flying BRU
Having said that, I still feel that somewhere, TAP could do something inthe eastern part of the world. Iberia doesnt seem to have any presence in Asia anymore, and I think that TAP could market Lisbon as a new Euro hub, as a cheaper way to the UK, Spain and France (wouldnt really work for the rest of Europe as it would mean back tracking).
If they focused on say, BKK
, or even KUL
and slowly built up a reputation for feeding pax through LIS
, it might just work. It would open up more tourist traffic between the Iberian peninsula and Asia/Australia as well, not to mention increased business links.
And with Portugal being one of the cheapest holiidays to country in Europe, it surely should attract a fair share of tourists from this part of the world.
Anwyay that's what I think..