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Azores Airlines Adds Additional North American Flights to Porto, Portugal

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As noted by One Mile at a Time, Azores Airlines, an airline primarily operating out of the Azores islands, is starting 3 new flights to North America … but not from the Azores. Instead, the flights will be operated from Porto, Portugal.

Where Are the Azores?

The Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal situated in the Atlantic Ocean. Azores Airlines primarily operates flights from Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) in the Azores to the U.S., Bermuda, Europe, and Cape Verde, but will soon be launching flights from the “mainland” in Porto, Portugal.

New Flights

Azores Airlines will be adding 3 new flights from Porto to Boston, New York, and Toronto, all operating on a daytime schedule. Each flight will depart very early from Europe, arrive in each city in the morning, and then make a next-day return trip back to Europe, leaving late morning, and arriving late into the evening in Europe.

The timing is extremely interesting:

  • Most Europe to North America departures do not leave at 6 a.m., so this might be an interesting flight for those looking to get to Boston, New York, or Toronto earlier in the day.
  • Most daytime flights from North America are to London, and a few have recently started to Paris. These new flights to Porto will add another daytime flying option, great for beating jet lag.
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Business class aboard Azores Airlines. Image Credit: Azores Airlines

Porto to Toronto will start on June 1, 2024:

  • Depart Porto (OPO) at 6:00 a.m., arrive into Toronto (YYZ) at 9:35 a.m.
  • Depart Toronto (YYZ) at 11:05 a.m., arrive into Porto (OPO) at 11:50 p.m.

Porto to Boston will commence service on June 4, 2024:

  • Depart Porto (OPO) at 6:25 a.m., arrive into Boston (BOS) at 9:35 a.m.
  • Depart Boston (BOS) at 11:05 a.m., arrive into Porto (OPO) at 11:00 p.m.

Port to New York will commence on June 6, 2024:

  • Depart Porto (OPO) at 6:00 a.m., arrive into New York (JFK) at 9:35 a.m.
  • Depart New York (JFK) at 11:05 a.m., arrive into Porto (OPO) at 11:35 p.m.

All 3 flights will only operate once a week, flying to North America on Saturdays and to Europe on Fridays. If you’re wondering why this may be an awkward schedule, the aircraft will be utilized for flights to the Azores, so the timing works nicely.

Hot Tip:

All flights will feature a business class and economy class cabin, however, the business class cabin does not have lie-flat seats. Instead, it features recliner-style seats, similar to what you’d see domestically.

Final Thoughts

All 3 flights offer new ways to get to Europe, and, more importantly, interesting timings that are different from most schedules. You may wish to consider bookings these flights if you’re making summer 2024 travel plans.

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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