Sao Tome and Principe: Portuguese group Pestana carries out charter flights to the archipelago

11 February 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 11 Feb – Portuguese group Pestana plans to carry out charter flights in June and September between Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe in order to make the most of its tourist investments on the archipelago, a group official said in Sao Tome Friday.

Speaking to macauhub, the commercial director of the group in Sao Tome and Principe, Ricardo Rodrigues, said that the charter flights were the result of a partnership with five Portuguese tour operators, and with airline EuroAtlantic which will supply the aircraft.

Rodrigues said that the flights would be on Mondays from 9 June until 14 September between Lisbon and Sao Tome, using a EuroAtlantic Boeing 757-200, with capacity to transport 190 passengers.

The Pestana group hopes to transport around 2,000 tourists to Sao Tome on these flights in order to make the most of its tourist investments on the archipelago, worth an estimated US$35 million.

Along with a 115-room, five-star hotel that is under construction and due to open in June, the group has a four-star hotel in the city of Sao Tome, with 65 rooms, as well as another four-star hotel with 70 rooms, located on the Rolas islet, 100 kilometers from the capital of Sao Tome.

Portuguese state airline TAP currently has a monopoly on the route between Lisbon and the Sao Tome archipelago. (macauhub)