Portugal and Sao Tome sign air deal for joint commercial flights and operations

23 July 2009

Lisbon, Portugal, 23 July – The governments of Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe Wednesday in Lisbon signed a bilateral agreement which gives several companies the opportunity to carry out flights between the two countries and commercial operations under a code-share scheme.

In practice, the agreement signed by Portuguese Minister for Public Works, Transport and communications, Mário Lino and his Sao Tome counterpart, Benjamim Vera Cruz, updates an agreement from 1976.

“This agreement replaces one from 1976 and sets out the conditions under which airlines from both countries can operate on the Portugal-Sao Tome route, on the Portuguese side from Lisbon and Porto, and on the Sao Tome side from Sao Tome and from Principe,” Lino said.

As well as these points of contact, “the airlines from both companies can, with total flexibility, choose transit points,” he added.

The agreement also opens up the way to code-sharing and makes it possible for all license-holding airlines to operate on these routes.

There are currently four weekly flights between Portugal and Sao Tome, two of which are operated by Portuguese airline TAP.

Lino noted that Portugal will also be able to link itself with other African countries via Sao Tome.

“Sao Tome continues with its aim of becoming a services platform. This agreement is also a step in that direction,” said Vera Cruz. (macauhub)