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Published on : Wednesday, July 19, 2017
In order to meet the growing demand, Azores Airlines is planning to expand its service in Canada offering to raise its operations by 21% this year, transporting as many as 128,000 passengers between mainland Portugal and Canada the Azores.
Carlos Botelho who is a spokesperson of Azores Airlines mentioned that for 2017, Azores Airlines seeks to operate 40 more flights between Canada and Portugal apart from introducing an aircraft with a larger capacity.
SATA/ Azores Airlines have been providing service to Canada for 30 years.
It has been bridging Portugal and Canada via a daily flight from Toronto and Montreal to Ponta Delgada and Terceira, in the Azores, along side Porto and Lisbon in mainland Portugal.
At present, four companies are operating between Canada and Portugal, namely Air Transat, Azores Airlines, Air Canada and TAP Air Portugal.
Air Canada is a Star Alliance partner of TAP.
The aim is to balance the increasing demand by Canadians opting for mainland Portugal and the Azores as a tourism locale. An estimated 500,000 Portuguese nationals and Canadians who are of Portuguese descendants living in Canada (2011 census) representing the vast majority in the province of Ontario.
In North America, Azores Airlines provides connections from the United States to mainland Portugal and the Azores from Logan International Airport, Oakland International Airport and T.F. Green Airport. Inside Canada, this carrier offers connections to the Azores and mainland Portugal from Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal and Toronto Pearson International Airport (Toronto).