An extensive strategic cooperation was announced by TAP Air Portugal and Lufthansa today in Lisbon. As of 1st February 2005, the two airlines will offer code-sharing flights, in other words, in each case with the flight numbers of both airlines. These flights can be booked immediately via the reservation systems.
TAP and Lufthansa passengers will benefit from the new agreement. Both airlines will offer their joint customers worldwide transfer connections which are coordinated with each other, thus making travel as convenient as possible for passengers. Also in other areas such as baggage handling, airport services alounges, coordinated procedures will all contribute to an improvement in travel comfort for the passengers.
Members of the airlines’ frequent flyer programmes, Miles and More and Navigator, can collect miles as of 1st February 2005 on flights of the respective other airline. The redemption of miles with the respective other airline will be made possible by the admission of TAP to the Star Alliance which is scheduled for spring 2005.
The code-share services will initially include the following:
-ÊAll TAP and Lufthansa flights between Portugal and Germany.Ê
-ÊLufthansa flight numbers on the TAP flights between Lisbon and Porto, Faro, Funchal as well as Dakar.Ê
- TAP flight numbers on the flight services operated by Lufthansa between Munich and Frankfurt as well as within Germany to Hamburg, Berlin, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg, Hanover, Dresden, Cologne, Stuttgart, Leipzig and Münster.Ê
- TAP flight numbers on the Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt and Munich to major European cities like Helsinki, Riga, Prague, Athens, Budapest and Zagreb.
- Lufthansa flights to selected destinations in Asia, such as Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore will also be provided with a TAP flight number after receiving the necessary official approval.
Both partners intend to extend the code-sharing to further destinations.
As of 1st February 2005, TAP will transfer its operations and passenger check-in facilities to the Star Alliance/Lufthansa terminals at Frankfurt Airport (Terminal 1) and at Munich Airport (Terminal 2), in order to provide its passengers with rapid and convenient transfers between TAP and Lufthansa as well as the other partner airlines.