Portuguese American Journal

Travel: SATA Azores Airlines direct flight between Terceira and New York – New York, NY

SATA Azores Airlines has launched this week, starting June 20, its first seasonal direct weekly flight between Lages, Terceira Island, Azores, and New York (JFK).

The Terceira-New York route will be available on Mondays, between until September 5, 2022. Accordingly, on Tuesday, the first 174 passengers disembarked at Lajes Airport, bound for several Azores islands.

SATA Azores Airlines has also resumed its direct seasonal flights between Lisbon and Oakland, California, be carried out once a week on Tuesdays in partnership with EuroAtlantic Airways. The route returns to Oakland after a nine-month suspension.

Recently, SATA Azores Airlines, has launched a Wednesday-only direct service between Terceira (Lages) and Montréal, which will run until September 14. The route, which hasn’t been served before, is principally serve the Azorean diaspora in Canada.

These new routes follow the recent inauguration of the SATA Azores Airlines route between New York (JFK) and Ponta Delgada. This is a regular connection, which the airline will operate on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Meanwhile, the airline is already flying from New York to Funchal (Madeira Island) in partnership with the Azorean operator InovTravel.


More flight connections

Delta Air Lines is now offering daily direct flights between New York/JFK and Lisbon throughout the year, and between Boston and Lisbon throughout the summer starting June 03, 2022. In 2018, Delta Air Lines started serving the Azores with a flight from New York-JFK to Ponta Delgada. The service was canceled in 2020.

SATA Azores Airlines has also started directs flights from Ponta Delgada to New York/JFK, beginning June 2 to end October 28, 2022, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and will connect New York to Terceira island, on Mondays, starting June 20, ending September 05, 2022.

United Airlines has also inaugurated, May 13, direct flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to João Paulo II Airport in Ponta Delgada, Azores.

According to the Azores Tourism Association (ATA), United Airlines will offer 114 seasonal flights, to last throughout the summer, from 13 May to 3 June, to the end of September, with three weekly frequencies on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and daily flights from 4 June to 28 September 2022.

United Airlines has also expanded direct flights  to destinations in Portugal mainland to include Lisbon and Porto from Newark (EWR) and Washington Dulles (IAD).

Other carriers offering connection between North America and Portugal mainland, include American Airlines, Air Canada, Iberia, Lufthansa, Azores Airlines and TAP Air Portugal with departures from Boston, Chicago, Miami, Newark, NYC, San Francisco, Montreal and Toronto, including destinations to Lisbon and Porto.

The Azores are served by its own airline, SATA International/Azores Airlines, offering six direct flights a from Boston (Massachusetts) (Monday through Sunday except on Saturday), and two flights a week (Wednesday and Saturday) from Toronto, (Canada). The Boston/Ponta Delgada route operates in partnership with JetBlue, so that Azores Airlines customers may reach other destinations within the US.


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.