Praia, Cape Verde, 26 Sept – Cape Verdean air carrier, TACV, is set to launch from the end of October a third weekly flight to Brazil, to the cities of Recife or Belém, due to the high demand for the flight to Fortaleza, company officials said.
Sérgio Morosini, the commercial representative of TACV for the North and Northeast of Brazil, told Brazilian newspaper Gazeta do Brasil that the carrier had authorization from Brazil’s Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to operate seven regular weekly flights to the region, and the new route should be chosen in the first quarter of 2007.
As TACV is the only airline linking Brazil to West Africa, the Fortaleza flight, whose occupancy rate has been around 98 percent, is also contributing to a substantial increase in the flow of passengers to Dakar, the capital of Senegal.
Since the flights to Fortaleza and Lisbon began in December 2001, TACV has carried out 261 flights, transporting some 83,000 passengers and two million tons of cargo.
TACV began a flight to Fortaleza Thursday with its won airplane, and no longer using a Euro-Atlantic/Varig aircraft.
In December, it plans to increase its flights to Fortaleza to twice a week, increasing the number of available seats to 420.
Portuguese airline SATA Air Açores said it would begin flying to the archipelago on November 1, operating charter flights for the Soltrópico travel agency.
Soltrópico is one of the agencies with the biggest presence in Cape Verde and has run charter flights to Sal island since April 2004. (macauhub)