Cape Verde’s airline launches Praia-Paris route

7 June 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 07 June – Cape Verde’s state air carrier TACV is due to launch in June a route linking the capital city of Praia to Paris, the second European country, after Lisbon, to have a direct link to the capital’s new international airport.

In a statement, TACV said that the new route to the French capital, where one of the largest communities of Cape Verdean emigrants can be found, would be launched on July 5, the archipelago’s independence day.

The flight would be weekly and run on a Wednesday, TACV said.

This is the second route launched this year from Praia, after that of Boston, a US city which also has a large Cape Verdean community.

This connection, which began in March, will be boosted by a further two flights per week starting in the second week of July.

Praia’s international airport, the second after one located on Sal Island, was opened in October last year, after modernization work lasting over 10 years and costing 30 million euros.

TACV, whose fleet is made up of two Boeing 757/300 and 3 ATR, provides weekly connections to Lisbon, Madrid, Rotterdam, Bissau, Dakar, and Fortaleza, amongst other cities.

The airline also plans to launch a flight linking Praia to the United Kingdom, one of the main origins of tourists visiting the archipelago. (macauhub)