Sao Tome and Principe: Archipelago linked to Cameroon by air

21 November 2007

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 21 Nov – Sao Tome and Principe and Cameroon have officially launched air links between the two countries with twice weekly flights run by the Cameroon’s Elysian Airlines, representative of the airline, Gery Danjour, said Tuesday in Sao Tome.

Danjour told macauhub that the fights would be run on a Monday and Thursday between Douala, in Cameroon, and Sao Tome, the capital of Sao Tome and Principe, using an Embraer – 120 aircraft, with a capacity for 30 passengers.

It is estimated that this direct link of around 60 minutes will cost a little over US$400, according to the two experimental flights carried out last Monday and Friday, Danjour said.

The deal also involves Sao Tome company, Mistral Voyage.

The flights by Elysian Airlines thus fill the gap left in the market over eight years ago by Air Affair Afrique, which linked the archipelago to Cameroon, but with a stop over in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea.

In the last six years several Camaroon companies have made investments in Sao Tome and Principe, particularly in retail banking (Afriland First Banc), insurance (Sat-Insurance) and a hotel unit (Chez Eva Magni Bi). (macauhub)