TAP Show, Lisbon Portela: Lame, as usual

After a pleasant flight from Paris-Orly, I used the lounge provided for Star Alliance Gold and Business passengers by TAP Air Portugal in Lisbon.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

1DiaryConference in Paris and weekend in Madrid
2LoungeUnited Club, Boston Logan
3FlightUnited Domestic First, Boston Logan – Washington Dulles, Boeing 737 MAX 9
4FlightScandinavian Airlines Business, Washington Dulles – Copenhagen Kastrup, Airbus A350-900
5LoungeScandinavian Airlines Gold Lounge, Copenhagen Kastrup
6FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Copenhagen Kastrup – Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Boeing 737-800
7HotelLe Parchamp, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Boulogne-Billancourt
8FlightTAP Executive, Paris Orly – Lisbon Portela, Airbus A321LR
9LoungeTAP Lounge, Lisbon Portela
10FlightTAP Executive, Lisbon Portela – Madrid Barajas, Embraer 190
11HotelThe Madrid EDITION
12LoungePuerta del Sol Lounge, Madrid Barajas
13FlightTAP Executive, Madrid Barajas – Lisbon Portela, Airbus A320
14FlightTAP Executive, Lisbon Portela – Paris Orly, Airbus A321NEO
15HotelMoxy Paris Val d’Europe
16FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – Oslo Gardermoen, Boeing 737-700
17HotelMoxy Oslo X
18LoungeScandinavian Airlines Gold Lounge, Oslo Gardermoen
19FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Oslo Gardermoen – Copenhagen Kastrup, Airbus A320NEO
20LoungeEventyr Lounge, Copenhagen Kastrup
21FlightScandinavian Airlines Business, Copenhagen Kastrup – Boston Logan, Airbus A321LR
Today’s itinerary

Connection process

The bus took about ten minutes from our parking stand to reach the Schengen disembarkation area. The outside temperature outside is high, but it was a real oven in the terminal.


After taking the escalator, I found myself in the departure lounge.

Location and welcome

The lounge is located on the mezzanine of the main terminal, on the Schengen side. There are only two lounges on the Portuguese platform, and both are located in the Schengen zone: one for TAP, the other for all other airlines.


The welcome was courteous without being warm, and I found a seat in the lounge after scanning my boarding pass.


Lounge design

What can I say… It was a zoo. The lounge was packed like an egg, a real war zone with crying kids and barefoot passengers.


I couldn’t take many pictures.


The catering offer is very poor, with low-quality products.


Only the bar saved the day, with quality spirits and experienced bartenders.

Bottom line

A shithole. Barely better than the boarding lounge.

Salon TAP, Lisbonne Portela : Nul, comme d’habitude

Hard product (Design, Décoration, Taille et Confort)
Catering (Restauration)
Catering (Boissons)
Sanitaires (y.c. douches et spa)
Expérience globale


Une merde. N’y allez que pour passer le temps.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.

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