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Azores-Bermuda link will boost cultural ties, Minister says

Ernest Peets, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports (File photograph)

Flights between the Azores and Bermuda could strengthen cultural ties between the two countries, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports said on Friday.

Ernest Peets said the “burgeoning and vibrant arts and creative scene” in the Azores could give Bermuda an opportunity to enrich its cultural life through collaborations.

He added that the Sata Azores Airlines flights, which will start on June 13, underlined the family ties that many Bermudians have to the Azores.

Dr Peets said: “I have always maintained that Bermuda’s Portuguese community’s countless contributions have helped to shape our island into what it is today.

“For nearly two centuries, these vibrant customs, unique traditions, distinct language and fascinating personal histories have been woven into Bermuda’s story.

“This Azorean flight is worthy of celebration as it helps to reinforce our shared cultural commonalities.”

He added: “The possibilities of this new air service are unlimited – it means that, Covid safety permitting, our Portuguese and Portuguese-Bermudian residents can visit Azores more frequently.

“It means that we now have a direct link to a new vibrant, picturesque destination and it means that this route will serve as an important gateway for European visitors who wish to travel to Bermuda.”

Andrea Moniz-DeSouza, the Honorary Consul of Portugal in Bermuda and president of the charity Casa dos Acores da Bermuda, said: “Our community is ecstatic with the development of this partnership between the Government of Bermuda, Azores Airlines and the regional government of the Azores.

“Having a direct flight between Bermuda and the Azores has been a dream of many people in our community for many years.

“This is only a first step in the development of a wonderful and beneficial relationship between our two Governments and one which will bring so many possibilities and benefits to the Bermuda community at large.”

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Published June 07, 2021 at 7:45 am (Updated June 07, 2021 at 7:45 am)

Azores-Bermuda link will boost cultural ties, Minister says

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