Number of passengers passing through Cape Verde’s airports rises 9.1 percent in first quarter

28 April 2010

Praia, Cape Verde, 28 April – The number of passengers passing through Cape Verde’s airports rose 9.1 percent in the first quarter against the same period of 2009, according to figures from Cape Verde’s National Airport and Air Safety Company (Asa)..

In the period, Cape Verde’s airports counted 403,000 passengers with Asa’s figures showing that passenger movement continued to increase with “strong signs” of recovery at Sal airport, which was heavily affected by the international economic crisis.

Amílcar Cabral International Airport, with a total of 161,000 passengers and growth of 6 percent, the document said.

Rabil airport, on Boavista Island, was ranked second for the first time by number of international passengers thanks to tourism and an increase in charter flights from Europe (an average of 20 flights per week), mostly from the United Kingdom and Germany.

Sal airport, which was the most affected up until the end of 2009, registered 161,000 passengers of which 108,000 were international (+5 percent) and 52,000 were domestic (+7 percent).

Low cost airline Thomsonfly continued to be the airline that transported the biggest number of passengers to Cape Verde followed by TAP air Portugal and TUI Nordic. (macauhub)