According to João Botelho, manager at American Travel of East Providence, RI, SATA International is sold out for the upcoming 2011 Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres to be held on May 25-30, in Ponta Delgada.
Passengers wishing to travel to the Azores that week will have to consider different alternatives — said João Botelho — such as travelling through Boston/London/Lisbon or New York/Lisbon.
He said that this year, SATA Air Azores increased its flight capacity by two extra flights from Boston to Ponta Delgada, for the occasion, representing an additional 1,000 seats. According to him no flights will leave from Providence
Last year, to respond to the increase in demand that occurred over the Santo Cristo festivities, SATA Air Azores offered nine additional Airbus A310 international flights, representing 1.998 additional seats.
At the time, SATA Air Azores also strengthened its operation offering ten extra communter flights (800 seats) between the nine islands.