Azores airline group breaks daily passenger record

  • Lusa
  • 17 August 2022

The Sata group recorded a new daily record for passenger transport on Saturday with 10,961 people.

The Sata group, comprising the operators Sata Air Açores and Azores Airlines, recorded a new daily record for passenger transport on Saturday with 10,961 people, the company revealed on Wednesday.

“Altogether, almost 11,000 passengers were carried in the two airlines’ operations, a number never before reached in a single day of operation with SATA Air Açores having transported 4,801 passengers and Azores Airlines 6,160 passengers,” the Sata group said in a statement.

According to the operator, the historical records of the activity “had never before marked a day with so many passengers, which resulted in an intense operation considering the size of the airlines, reinforcing what has been the summer of 2022 in the Azores, both in travel to and from the archipelago or within it.

The trips on Saturday included passengers from 13 destinations: Ponta Delgada, Pico, Horta, Terceira, Lisbon, Porto, Funchal, Porto Santo, Cape Verde, New York, Boston, Toronto and Paris.

The SATA group airlines reached one million passengers on July 31, ten weeks earlier than in 2021 and days earlier than in 2019.

In a statement dated August 3, the Azorean aviation group said that “the symbolic mark of one million passengers” carried on the group’s airlines, SATA Air Açores and Azores Airlines, “ended up being reached even before that recorded in 2019”.

“On July 31, 2022, the SATA group reached the mark of one million passengers carried,” the company noted.

The company had also already revealed that the SATA group achieved consolidated revenues of €107.9 million in the first half of the year, a growth of 51.4% compared to the same period of 2021 and 15.2% compared to the same period of 2019.

In a note sent to newsrooms, the Azorean airline reported that this figure “becomes the best first half of the year in revenue since there have been consolidated records”.

The figures mark “the recovery of traffic post-pandemic” of covid-19 and, consequently, the “recovery of tourism activity, fundamental to the Autonomous Region of the Azores,” the company explained.