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SATA Airlines Introduces Flights to the Azores from Philadelphia

SATA Airlines has flights from Philadelphia to Portugal
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This spring, for the first time, Philadelphia has air service to the Azores through SATA Airlines. Passengers can connect to Boston before going to Portugal. Following the recent agreement between SATA and U.S. Airways, it is now possible to purchase tickets to Portugal online at www.SATA.pt, or by calling 800-762-9995.

With this new option customers who want to travel between Philadelphia and Portugal, may purchase their tickets with ease and with very competitive rates. All flights connect through Boston, where SATA has non-stop service to the Azores 3 times a week, with continuing service to Lisbon. 

The idea is part of SATA's strategy of expansion into North America where the airline had increases in traffic of 19.5% for the United States and 11.9% for Canada in 2010 compared to 2009.

António Gomes de Menezes, President of the SATA Group, said that the “new partnership with one of the largest U.S. carriers, U.S. Airways, a member of Star Alliance, will provide increased awareness and connectivity to destinations, particularly with the Azores." 

The Azores are the closest point in Europe to North America. The islands were created by volcanic activity millions of years ago, which have created a stunning and dramatic environment. From the black lava cliffs of the island of Terceira, to mythical Mountain Lake of Fire on São Miguel, the Azores offers an intensely green and sculptured landscape. This ocean-enveloped land enjoys a mild climate year-round between 60°F and 80°F. 

The National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations recently named the Azores islands as the world’s second most appealing islands destination in its fourth annual Destination Scorecard survey. A panel of 522 experts reviewed conditions on 111 islands and archipelagos. The Azores received the title of “Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so.”

SATA airlines has connected New England with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 30 years. For more information about booking flights or about SATA visit http://www.sata.pt or call 800-762-9995.

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