Cape Verde begins technical cooperation with Venice Airport

16 June 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 16 June – Cape Verde’s airport and air safety company, ASA, is set to begin technical and commercial cooperation with Italy’s Venice Airport in sending tourist flights to the archipelago, ASA said.

ASA’s chairman, Mário Paixão, who is in Venice this week at the invitation of the director-general of Venice’s airport , told Cape Verdean daily, A Semana that Italy was “very interested” in developing cooperation with Cape Verde’s airport authorities, and in finding out about the expansion plans for the country’s airports.

“The people responsible for Venice airport are very interested in working with us and we cannot forget that Italy is Cape Verde’s main tourist market at the moment,” said Paixão.

Following the inauguration of Praia’s international airport last year, the airports of Sal, Sao Vicente and Boa Vista are also being modernized and should be in operation this year.

Cape Verde is due to have two new connections to the United Kingdom in 2006, between Sal Island and the cities of London and Manchester.

Cape Verde’s tourism sector has seen string growth over the last few years, and it is now one of the driving forces behind the country’s economy.

Last year, Cape Verde’s hotels welcomed 233,000 tourists, 26.4 percent more than in the previous year, with Sal Island boosting its position as the main tourist destination, according to figures from Cape Verde’s national statistics institute. (macauhub)