British Airways will add direct flights from London to the Azores next summer

Sep 16, 2021

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Brits will soon have much more flexibility when trying to arrange a holiday getaway to the Azores, an archipelago of nine Portuguese islands.

Next summer, British Airways will offer direct flights once per week from London Heathrow (LHR) to the islands of São Miguel (PDL) and Terceira (TER).

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The São Miguel flights will run on Saturdays from 2 July 2022 until 3 September; the Terceira route will be operating on Sundays from 10 July 2022 until 28 August.

These flights are likely to prove popular with travellers eyeing a visit to the Azores because, save for Ryanair’s weekly Saturday flight from Stansted Airport (STN) to São Miguel (PDL), there are currently no other direct flights from the U.K. to the islands. This will be a convenient way for Brits to visit this unique destination without transiting in Lisbon (LIS).

Both São Miguel and Terceira are part of the collection of nine volcanic isles that comprise the Azores, about 1,000 miles west of mainland Portugal.

The summer hotspot is known for its wonderful food and wine as well as the natural beauty of the islands. Pristine lakes, hot springs and abundant hiking and bike trails make the Azores a must-visit destination for many adventure travellers. And while it’s hard to say where we’ll be next summer in terms of coronavirus-related travel restrictions, the Azores are currently on the U.K.’s green list for travel.

The island of Terceira, in the central region, is home to Angra do Heroísmo, the oldest city in the Azores and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  São Miguel is in the eastern islands and is home to the Lake of Seven Cities, which has been dubbed one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal.

“After a difficult 18 months, it’s fantastic to be in a position to launch two new routes next summer from Heathrow. These two Islands in the Azores will be the perfect addition to our network, offering more choice in one of the most popular regions in Europe for British sunseekers,” said Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ director of network and alliances, in a statement.

Related: How to choose between the Azores and Madeira for your perfect Portuguese island holiday

British Airways will operate both routes with an Airbus 320 single-aisle jet that will have up to 180 seats. Fares to São Miguel will start from £79 in Euro Traveller and £208 in Club Europe. Flights to Terceira start from £79 in Euro Traveller and £208 in Club Europe.

Seats should also be available to book with Avios via the British Airways Reward Flight Saver deal.

Customers who book seats in the airline’s Euro Traveller (economy) cabin can buy food and drinks from the Speedbird Café prior to boarding. You will also be able to order additional snacks and drinks on board the four-hour, 15-minute flight directly to your seat using a mobile device.

Passengers flying business class will have access to priority check-in, lounges and restaurant-style complimentary dining, including items from the airline’s new Best of British menus.

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