Cape Verde’s air carrier launches Praia–Boston route

30 March 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 30 March – TACV – Cabo Verde Airlines this week began a direct route between the archipelago’s capital, Praia, and Boston, a US city with a large community of Cape Verdean emigrants, the airline said in a statement.

In a statement issued Wednesday in Praia, TACV said it would carry out one flight a week to Boston in the northeast United States and will put on two weekly flights from the second week in July.

Until now, the link flights to the US were carried out from Sal Island International Airport, but the improvements in the capital’s airport have made it possible to receive international flights and obtain its ETOPS (Extended Range Operations) certificate.

Obtaining this certificate is a requirement for carry out flights to the United States, required that new safety standards be introduced at Praia Airport, the local press reported.

The new link to Boston will be provided using TACV’s Boeing 757/300, which had been carrying out regular flights to the Us from Sal Island.

As well as Boston, the Cape Verdean air carrier also has weekly flights to Lisbon, Madrid, Rotterdam, Bissau, Dakar and Fortaleza amongst otehr destinations. (macauhub)