The airline plans to begin service between Porto, one of Portugal’s largest cities, and Boston, New York City and Toronto in June 2024. Its fleet of Airbus A321neo aircraft will serve the routes. Azores Airlines will operate each of these routes once a week.
From the Azores, an autonomous group of islands in Portugal, Azores Airlines now offers flights to 11 locations in North America. After ceasing operations from Boston and Toronto to Lisbon in 2017, Azores Airlines will now offer transatlantic flights from mainland Portugal for the first time, Aviation Week reports.
Azores Airlines expects that by offering these transatlantic flights to North America, it can capitalize on the huge demand for international travel in the region, especially now that Portugal is a more sought-after holiday destination.
Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores, and Terceira, an island in the archipelago, are now the destinations the airline flies to from Boston, New York City and Toronto. The capital of Madeira, Funchal, another autonomous region of Portugal, is also served by Azores Airlines from New York City.
Commencing from June 1, 2024, there will be flights connecting Porto’s Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport (OPO) to Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ). Additionally, flights from OPO to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) are set to inaugurate on June 4, 2024, followed by flights from OPO to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) commencing from June 6, 2024.
Here is Azores Airlines’ schedule for the new routes (all times are local):
OPO to BOS: departing at 6:25 a.m. and arriving at 9:35 a.m.
BOS to OPO: departing at 11:05 a.m. and arriving at 11 p.m.
OPO to JFK: departing at 6 a.m. and arriving at 9:35 a.m.
JFK to OPO: departing at 11:05 a.m. and arriving at 11:35 p.m.
OPO to YYZ: departing at 6 a.m. and arriving at 9:35 a.m.
YYZ to OPO: departing at 11:05 a.m. and arriving at 11:50 p.m.