Portuguese airline TAP awaits “operating conditions” to fly to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

25 January 2010

Praia, Cape Verde, 25 Jan – TAP-Air Portugal is waiting for operational conditions to start flying directly from Lisbon to the Cape Verdean island of Sao Vicente, the representative of the Portuguese airline said Friday in Cape Verde.

Luís Garcia told Portuguese news agency Lusa that TAP was waiting for fuel supply to be guaranteed to the aircraft and certification for night flights at the airports of Sao Pedro (Sao Vicente island), which opened up to international traffic in December, 2009.

“Sao Vicente has been part of our plans since last year, with a programme drawn up ahead of time. But whilst there are no operating conditions, such as the problem of supplying the aircraft with fuel and certification for night flights, we are prevented from starting direct flights, at least in the short term,” Garcia told Lusa.

In relation to Cape Verde’s other international airport, located on the island of Boavisat, Garcia said that a direct link was “for the time being” not part of TAP’s plans.

“Due to the fact that the island’s airport has no illumination and it is focused on charter traffic, Boavista is, for now, outside of our plans, but we will continue to watch its development and opportunities,” he said.

The Portuguese airline flies daily to Sal and Praia, with links to Sao Vicente via Cape Verdean airline Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde (TACV). (macauhub)