Sao Pedro Airport, Cape Verde, to have international flights in December

6 March 2006

Mindelo, Cape Verde, 06 March – International flights may be due to take off from Sao Pedro Airport on the Cape Verdean island of Sao Vicente as of December, according to local press reports over the weekend.

The move was announced in Mindelo by the chairman of the board of Cape Verde’s national airport and air safety company (ASA), Mário Paixão, on signing the contract for temporary occupation of areas between ASA and US company Channic.

But, Paixão said, there were other challenges to meet before December, including the end of construction of the airport’s passenger terminal and the airport’s certification.

“The runway at Sao Pedro airport can now receive airplanes equivalent to Boeing B737s and B757s and Airbus A310, A319 and A321, making it possible to have direct overseas routes,” Paixão said.

In order to carry out the work on the airport, Portugal’s Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD) granted ASA a 19 million euro loan. (macauhub)