Portuguese American Journal

Travel: British Airways direct flights to São Miguel and Terceira – Azores

British Airways has announced plans to fly non-stop from London Heathrow to São Miguel and Terceira islands in the Azores.

The São Miguel route will start on July 2 and will run until September 3, while services to Terceira will run from July 10 until August 28.

The airline will fly to the islands once a week (on Saturdays and Sundays respectively), with flights operated by A320 aircraft fitted with 180 seats.

These new direct flight by British Airways to the Azores will offer travelers an alternative to flying via Lisbon.

Commenting on the route launch, Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said, “After a difficult 18 months, it’s fantastic to be in a position to launch two new routes next summer from Heathrow. These two Islands in the Azores will be the perfect addition to our network, offering more choice in one of the most popular regions in Europe for British sunseekers.”

British Airways also highlighted that the Azores is the first archipelago in the world to be certified as a sustainable destination by Earth Check.

The Azores own airline, SATA, will operate a direct flight from Gatwick, UK, to São Miguelon Saturdays, from May through October.

British Airways US destinations include Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington D.C.

Recently, British Airways has resumed flying from Heathrow to the Canadian cities of Montreal and Vancouver. These new destinations join the route Heathrow-Toronto, which restarted in August. Gatwick-Toronto continues to be operational. Conversely, Gatwick-Toronto remains closed.

British Airways is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom. It is headquartered in London, England, near its main hub at Heathrow Airport. The airline is the second largest UK based carrier, based on fleet size and passengers carried, behind easyJet. The carrier has its home base at London Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport, and flies to more than 170 destinations in 70 countries with a fleet of more than 280 aircraft.


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Almost unknown by most tourists, Terceira is the most beautiful island in the North Atlantic. It is one of the nine islands that make up what we know as the Azores. As an autonomous region of Portugal, Terceira Island, alongwith the other islands are truly the “Hawaii of the Atlantic.” In this book, you will discover the vast history of Terceira from its megalithic monuments to its importance in the discovery of the Americas.

Its history played a strategic role from the 1400s to the present day, when it was the crucial stopover and mooring for both the Portuguese and Spanish fleet. Later in WWII, the Allied bombers and carrier ships utilized the island as an important link to the mission of freeing Europe from Nazi occupation.