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Santa Maria Airport (Azores)

Airport information
 Location of airport in Azores
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Portugal
OperatorANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, SA
ServesVila do Porto
LocationSanta Maria Island, Azores
Elevation94 m (308 ft)

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Santa Maria Airport is an airport on Santa Maria Island, in the autonomous region of the Azores, Portugal, serving the municipality of Vila do Porto, within the archipelago and to the continent. It has three runways, with the longest being 10,000 feet (3,048 meters).

It was built in the context of the Second World War, by US troops in order to maintain supply lines to Europe, and inaugurated on July 26, 1945. A year later, on June 2, 1946, American forces transferred title/control to the Portuguese State. The forerunner of SATA Air Açores (Sociedade Açoriana de Transportes Aéreos) initiated services concurrently to São Miguel and Terceira from Santa Maria Airport on August 5, 1947, using a plane christened "Açor".

Transportes Aéreos Portugueses (TAP) began lay-over flights to this airport on December 7, 1962, and eventually inaugurating trans-atlantic service between Santa Maria-New York (April 26, 1969) and Santa Maria-Montreal (May 8, 1971).

For a while, Air France's supersonic Concordes were routed to Santa Maria on refueling layovers between Paris and Caracas.

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