- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A new flight service is connecting the Azores to Rhode Island.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo was among the officials celebrating at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick when the inaugural flight landed Thursday.

It was the first of Azores Airlines’ weekly summer flights to and from Ponta Delgada, on the island of Sao Miguel. The service on a 222-seat Airbus 310 will continue through Sept. 1.

The nonstop flight is meant to appeal to tourists visiting the Portuguese islands in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, including many families in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts with Azorean roots.

It’s the third international service offered from the Providence area in the past year. The others are year-round flights to Cape Verde and seasonal service to Frankfurt, Germany.

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