Flying to the Azores islands from most countries means via airport Lisbon. It takes about 2 hours to fly from the mainland to the Azores. From Lisbon there are several daily direct flights to the Island of São Miguel (Ponta Delgada), on Thursday to Santa Maria Island.
April - October 2015: two direct flights LIS-SMA: Thursday and Sunday with SATA!!
Direct flights are available from mainland Portugal (Lisbon, Faro, Porto):
Travel between the Islands:
to travel between the 9 islands you have two possiblities: you can use the inter-island flights ( 20 minutes SMA-PDL) and ferries (May-October)