I don't know if TAP would ever be interested in BOS
again. It was a very low-yielding route (along with YYZ
). There is a large Portuguese community in MA
, but most are Azorean, therefore SATA serves this VFR traffic much better than TAP. One-stop flights to LIS
via the Azores are pointless because they compete with AF
and other carriers that can offer competitive prices and better schedules.
I think TAP's decision to focus on Newark is smart. It's an area with a huge Portuguese community with most in that area being from the mainland. Also they're able to cater to business passangers flying to and from New York. YYZ
are the other areas with large Portugues communities in North America. However, in these areas the Portuguese immigrants are mostly Azorean making SATA International the ideal choice.
If TAP were to launch additional service to North America I would say perhaps they would go for IAD
. These three airports are Star Alliance hubs that could give TAP passangers more access to North American cities. However, TAP does not have enough long-haul jets and they're more interested in expanding service to Brazil and Africa above all else.