Portugal: TAP wants to double passenger traffic to Cape Verde

11 March 2008

Lisbon, Portugal, 11 March – Portuguese airline TAP wants to double the number of passengers it carries to Cape Verde this year to 200,000, company director Luiz Mor said Monday.

Speaking to reporters after signing a cooperation accord between TAP and Lisbon’s tourist board, aimed to increase numbers of hotel beds in the Portuguese capital by 5.3 percent yearly until 2010, Mor said TAP flew 430,000 passengers to African destinations last year and 100,000 of these to Cape Verde.

TAP opened a four-times-a-week Lisbon-Praia service last October, noted Mor, its first direct route to Cape Verde’s capital. From summer, TAP offers seven flights per week to Cape Verde. The airline expects to carry 9 million passengers worldwide this year, more than 13.5 percent than in 2007. (macauhub)