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

6 June 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 6 June – Portuguese group Pestana is due Monday to launch weekly charter flights between Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe, for a period of three months, with a view to re-launching tourism on the archipelago, a group representative said Thursday.

Speaking to Macauhub, the commercial director of the group in Sao Tome and Principe, Ricardo Rodrigues, said that the first flight would leave Lisbon, Portugal at 11:00 local time and was expected to arrive in Sao Tome at 17:00charter flights and would use a Boeing 757 of Portuguese charter airline EuroAtlantic with capacity for 200 passengers.

As well as EuroAtlantic, which will rent out the aircraft, this charter operation also involves five Portuguese tour operators that hope to send a total of 2,000 tourists to Sao Tome and Principe.

This charter flight will also provide a return on the Pestana group’s tourism investments on the archipelago, estimated at over 35 million euros spent on building hotel units.

Along with a 115-room, five-star hotel that is under construction and due to open on 27 June, the Pestana group has a four-star hotel in the city of Sao Tome, with 65 rooms, as well as management of another four-star hotel with 70 rooms, located on the Rolas islet, 100 kilometres 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)