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Ponta Delgada is the capital of São Miguel, the main island of the Azorean Archipelago, situated in the mid-northern Atlantic. The azorean air company SATA in its regional (SATA Air Azores) and international (SATA International) versions offers the most widespread possibilities coming here. In some cases the company operates in code-sharing with the TAP, another portuguese company that is also member of the STAR-Aliance group.

From Europe to Ponta Delgada, the most common way to travelling is via Lisbon (Portugal) or OPorto (Portugal) and there take a connection flight operated by SATA International or TAP. These flights connect Ponta Delgada twice times per day to Lisbon or between 3 and 5 times a week (dependent on the season) to Porto. SATA also offers in summer season non-stop flights twice times a week to Frankfurt (Germany) and London (UK). Weekly, there are flights to Madrid (Spain), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Manchester (UK).

In the summer of 2008 the Finnair Company offered a weekly connection between Ponta Delgada and Helsinki. However, it seems not sure if this will repeated in 2009, but in 2008 it was absolute necessary to book very early, because it was immediately overbooked.

It is also known that Air Berlin company is offering in this winter season weekly connections from Nuremberga (Germany) to Ponta Delgada. It seems that with insignificant up pricing you can book via Nuremberg even from Colonia/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Münster/Osnabrück, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Berlin, Dresden, Erfurt and Leibzig/Halle. The same should be applicable for the flight from Vienna (Austria) via Nuremberg. But now it is still an open question if these experimental flights will continue.

From the American continent to Ponta Delgada, the easiest way to travel is by one of the non-stop flights from the USA cities Boston (four times a week) and Providence (weekly) or the Canadian cities Montreal (twice a week) and Toronto (twice a week) all with the SATA International. As an alternative route you can take one of the weekly flights to the neighbour Azorean island Terceira from Oakland, Boston and Toronto and then take a connection flight to Ponta Delgada (it takes about half an hour).

For those who are interested in knowing another Azorean islands, it would be an alternative to enter or leave the archipelago by Terceira island (at least one daily connection to Lisbon/once per week to Porto), Faial island (daily connection to Lisbon), Pico island (a weekly connection to Lisbon) or Santa Maria island (a weekly connection to Lisbon). Among all nine Azorean islands SATA offers at least a daily flight.

You can also join the visit to the Azores with a trip to the Madeira archipelago.SATA International flies twice a week between Madeira and Ponta Delgada. Madeiral airport has many national and international connections; even SATA International offers a daily flight from Madeira to Lisbon and OPorto, as well as weekly flights to Madrid and Paris.