Cape Verde: Aircraft land on Maio island once again

9 June 2008

Praia, Cape Verde, 9 June – The aerodrome on the Cape Verdean island of Maio once again started to receive commercial aircraft, 10 months after being forbidden by the National Aviation Agency (AAC) from doing so until work was carried out on its runway.

The airport fo Maio was closed by AAC order in August of last year due to the poor state of the runway and last Tuesday, after a test flight was carried out by Cape Verde Express aircraft, the chief executive of ASA (Aeroportos e Segurança Aeroportuária), José Rodrigues, said that the airport was ready to receive flights without any difficulties.

The work carried out at the aerodrome mainly affected the runway, but also involved corrections to the drainage system and remodelling its Information Service.

The runway was extended to 30 metres wide, and 1,200 metres long, in order to receive ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft.

At the same time as the Maio aerodrome was reopened, Cape Verde’s national airline, limited it operations to and from Sao Filipe aerodrome on Fogo Island for passenger and crew safety.

The airline prevented its ATR 42-500 and 72-500 from flying on this route because the runway no longer had the minimum safety conditions to receive these aircraft.

In order that the island does not become isolated, considering the recent sinking of the boats linking Fogo, Brava and Praia, TACV is using two LET-400 aircraft to fly to S. Filipe. (macauhub)