Number of passengers at Cape Verde’s airports rises 13.2 pct in 2012

31 January 2013

The number of international passengers at Cape Verde’s airports increased by 13.2 percent in 2012 to 1.019 million people, passing the 1 million mark for the first time, the Cape Verdean press reported.

The number of domestic passengers fell 5.9 percent year on year to 829,533, and thus 1.849 million passengers passed through Cape Verde’s airports, or a rise of 3.7 percent against 2011.

Amílcar Cabral International Airport, on Sal Island, handled the most passengers, 599,000 or 4 percent more than in 2011, followed by the airport at Praia, the country’s capital, with 497,000 people (6 percent fewer) and Bela Vista Airport with 425,000 (16.6 percent more).

The rise in international passengers, according to airport regulator Aeroportos e Segurança Aérea de Cabo Verde (ASA), was mainly due to flights from Europe.

“Last year Thomsonfly and TUIfly led the market in terms of passenger transport, followed by TAP – Air Portugal”, said Janine Cabral, of ASA’s communications department, adding that this year the number of passengers was expected to remain at over 1 million. (macauhub)