Sal Island, Cape Verde has new air link to London

6 June 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 06 June – Sal island, in Cape Verde is set to have a new air link with England, directly to London, charter airline company Holiday options said.

This new route follows another one, which was launched in April, between Sal and Manchester, in Northern England, operated by Italian tourism group Stefanina.

Romira Carneiro, of Holiday Options, told cape Verde newspaper A Semana that the weekly link to the British capital would begin after the summer and would use an airplane with the capacity to carry around 250 passengers.

The aim, she said, was to channel tourist traffic to the archipelago, at a time when several market studies place Cape Verde on a list of favorite vacation destinations for the British.

Carneiro added that the archipelago could soon have a further connection to to the United Kingdom operated by Cape Verde state air carrier TACV.

Cape Verde tourism has benefited from strong growth over the last few years, and is now one of the economy’s main driving forces.

Last year, hotel establishments in Cape Verde received 233,000 tourists, 26.4 percent more than in the previous year, with Sal Island boosting its position as the main vacation destination, according to figures from the archipelago’s National Statistics Institute. (macauhub)