I beg you to avoid TAP. I flew them last year LHR
and it was the worst flight of my life. Check-in was such a mess that people in line in front of me were in tears (literally) cos they thought they were going to miss their flight. I went to the first / business check in and they only let me use that counter cos it was my birthday (!). Otherwise I think I'd still be standing there in T1 to this day. No free range clerks to talk to or get help. Horrible.
Then the flight was late. After an hour's delay, I went to the agent and asked if it would affect my connection. She said the arrival time would not be affected. Sure, you might make up ten or twenty minutes on a long haul with a late departure, but when a short haul is an hour late, the arrival will definitely be late - probably by an hour! I could see her mistake, on her screen it showed scheduled arrival and actual arrival, and she was looking at scheduled. I tried to point this out as politely as possible and she shouted, actually shouted at me, that I didn't know what I was talking about. Wow.
There were some very chavvy kids screaming in the departure lounge, and some other ne'er-do-wells playing music on their phones, just like on a train in Croydon, and no-one told them to behave. Of course they were just as bad on the plane.
Cabin crew were rude and totally didn't care about anything. I asked one of them about connections in LIS
and he said he would come back to me, never did - just a way of avoiding the issue.
Meal on board? Half a plastic glass of off-brand cola and a biscuit is not a meal, even for a dieting supermodel.
Oh and the landing at Faro was so frightening, and demonstrated such shoddy airmanship, I am surprised the pilot was ever allowed out of flying school. The aircraft is probably still there, ground crew still waiting for the brakes to cool off enough to turn the plane around.
TAP didn't get a single thing right. You are guaranteeing yourself trouble and stress, to a level not previously thought possible on a short haul flight that doesn't actually (quite) crash. I'll pay for your BA
flight if you like. Friends don't let friends fly TAP.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz