The cabin crew of SATA International /Azores Airlines will stage a strike on June 1 and June 2, according to a statement released to the press by the National Union of Civil Aviation (SNPVAC).
According to a statement, all passengers booked on SATA International / Azores Airlines flights for June 1 and June 2 are advised to change their travel plans or request reimbursements.
“All passengers with flights on these dates may alter their voyage or request that their ticket be reimbursed, without additional costs, through the usual sales channels,” the statement said.
Cabin crew members of SATA International/Azores Airlines had staged a strike on May 1 and 2, affecting more than 1,300 passengers.
The standstill also affected “additional services, such as assistance, reservations, on ground tasks, and any other tasks demanded by the management.”
According to SNPVAC, failure by the company to comply with several signed agreements, under contract with the union employees, was the reason for the strike.
In North America, SATA International/Azores Airlines offers connections from the United States to the Azores and mainland Portugal from Logan International Airport (Boston, MA), Oakland International Airport (Oakland, CA) and T.F. Green Airport (Providence, RI). In Canada, the carrier offers connections to the Azores and mainland Portugal from Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (Montreal), and Toronto Pearson International Airport (Toronto).
SATA international/Azores Airlines has also launched a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) operation between Boston Logan Airport and Barcelona in Spain.
The Azores (population 250,000) is a region of Portugal composed of nine islands. The archipelago discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal. According to the latest US census over 1.3 million individuals of Portuguese descent live in the United States, the majority with roots in the Azores. It is estimated that over 20,000 US citizens live in Portugal.