Number of passengers at Cape Verde’s airports rises 11.2 pct in 2011

1 February 2012

Praia, Cape Verde, 1 Feb – Passenger traffic at Cape Verde’s airports and aerodromes rose 11.2 percent year on year in 2011, from 1.6 million to 1.78 million, the country’s airport management company, Empresa Nacional de Aeroportos e Segurança (Asa) said in Praia.

According to the published figures, international traffic rose by 20.8 percent whilst domestic traffic rose by just 2.8 percent. As well as this 2011 was the first year since Asa started publishing statistics for passenger and cargo traffic that the number of international passengers (901,000) exceeded the number of domestic passengers (882,000).

Sal Airport handled 576,000 passengers, of which 364,000 were international (+12.1 percent) and 212,000 were domestic (-1.7 percent) and Praia Airport had 528,000 passengers, of which 231,000 were international (+4.6 percent) and 297,000 were domestic (+5.2 percent).

At Amilcar Cabral Airport, Thomsonfly was the airline that carried most international passengers and transported 75,000 passengers to Sal Island, followed by TAP – Air Portugal (69,000) and Cape Verdean airline TACV (55,000).

At Praia Airport, TACV carried the most international passengers with 146,000 followed by TAP – Air Portugal (69,000) and Angolan airline Taag (10,000). (macauhub)