Gabonese airlines SDC aviation and Air Service stop flights to Sao Tome and Principe

1 September 2010

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 1 Sept – The two main Gabonese airlines with representations in Sao Tome and Principe have stopped flying to the archipelago as well as to other countries on the African coast, a source from the Sao Tome civil aviation authority said Tuesday.

The airlines are Air Service, whose representational office was located at Mystral Voyages, and SDC Aviation, owned by German Roumbont Suarbont, owner of the Homali Lodjy hotel on Sao Tome island, and the Bombom islet, on Principe island.

The source, cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa said that Air Service had stopped operating at the beginning of August “due to several financial, technical and social problems.”

“As for SDC Aviation, we were informed that it has been banned from flying by the Gabon National Civil Aviation Institute as it did not meet requirements to do so,” the source added.

Gabon’s civil aviation authority informed the Sao Tome authorities of this fact, which despite this have continued to allow the airline to provide air links between the islands of Sao Tome and Principe.

SDC Aviation used to fly between Sao Tome and Libreville and other African capital and started operating in 2008 and Air Service was set up in July, 2004 by Gabonese and foreign shareholders. (macauhub)