Portuguese American Journal

Travel Alert: SATA/Azores Airlines to strike August 23-26 – Azores

The cabin crew of SATA /Azores Airlines will stage a strike on August 23 through August 26 according to a statement released by the National Union of Civil Aviation (SNPVAC).

Grupo SATA advises all passengers with flights on these dates to change their travel plans without additional costs through the available sales channels.  Grupo SATA also stated it is making every effort to minimize the inconvenience caused by the situation.

The cabin crew of SATA /Azores Airlines had staged a strike on May 1 and 2 and again on June 1 and 2 , affecting more thousands of passengers.

According to SNPVAC, failure by the company to comply with several clauses signed under contract with the union employees, was the reason for the strikes, as well as the demand for better working conditions.

In North America, SATA /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/Azores Airlines has also launched a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) operation between Boston Logan Airport and Barcelona in Spain.

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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.

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