Sao Tome and Principe: New airline links archipelago to African mainland

15 January 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 15 Jan – A new airline, SCD Aviation – Africa’s Connection, will launch two weekly flights between Sao Tome and Libreville, the capital of Gabon, a company representative, Roberto Swanbom told Macauhub in Sao Tome.

Speaking to Macauhub, Swanbom said that the flights would be on Thursdays and Sundays between the capitals, with a stop-off in Port Gentil, another city in Gabon and the headquarters of the company as well as passing through Duala, the economic capital of Cameroon.

The route will be served by an aircraft with a capacity for 18 passengers, similarly to what happened last Sunday with the experimental flight from Libreville to Sao Tome and vice versa, a distance of around 300 kilometers, he added.

Swanbom said that this route was part of a tourism development plan for the Sao Tome archipelago in which the privately-owned Dutch group plans to invest just over 40 million euros.

The Dutch group, which manages two five star hotel units in Sao Tome and Principe, will compete with Gabon airline Air Service, which had a monopoly on this route. (macauhub)