TAP Air Portugal carried 15.8 million passengers in 2018, up 10.4% from the previous year, with European routes outside Portugal accounting for the bulk of the increase, the airline reported.

The airline carried 9.6 million passengers on European routes, excluding Portugal, in 2018—a 10.7% year-over-year (YOY) increase.

Full-year passenger traffic was up 9.6% to 38 million RPKs, with a capacity gain of 12.3% to 47 million ASKs, producing a load factor of 81%, down 2 points YOY.

On TAP’s African routes from its Lisbon hub, passenger numbers grew 11.3% to 1.1 million. In Brazil, where the airline serves 11 destinations, passenger numbers rose 7.8% to 1.7 million. The North American market saw a passenger increase of 9.6% to 800,000.

As part of a fleet replacement plan, TAP expects to receive 37 aircraft this year, including four Airbus A321LRs and several A320neos.

TAP operates an all-Airbus fleet of 72 aircraft—50 A320 family, 18 A330s and four A340s. Including regional subsidiary TAP Express, the fleet reaches about 90 aircraft.

The Portuguese flag carrier operates about 2,500 weekly flights to 83 destinations in 35 countries.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at