Cabin workers from SATA International / Azores Airlines have announced they will be on strike from May 1 to May 2 according to a statement released to the press by the National Union of Civil Aviation (SNPVAC).
The two day stoppage, which will include “all Azores Airlines/SATA International flights”, will fulfill only the “minimum services” of three daily flights, the statement said.
The standstill will also interrupt “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.
The SNPVAC added that during the stoppage, flight connections between Ponta Delgada and Terceira and mainland Portugal will be provided by other operators, namely TAP Portugal, EasyJet and Ryanair.
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.