Privatisation of Cape Verdean airline TACV expected to begin with handling service

3 December 2013

Cabo Verde’s aviation agency Aeroportos e Segurança Aérea (ASA) will ensure the handling services at the country’s airports as of 2014, via Ground Handling, a company that is due to be set up soon, according to the Cape Verdean press.

According to Cape Verdean weekly A Semana, this will be the first step in the privatisation of airline Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde (TACV), as the flagship airline currently carries out those services.

The TACV privatisation will start by separating the handling business and delivery to Ground Handling of the equipment needed for that service, “as a way of paying of the high debts that the airline owes to ASA.”

Mário Paixão, the president of ASA, told the newspaper that the studies have been carried out, that the operational, administrative and financial audits are almost ready and that soon ASA and TACV will start negotiating for the deal to be carried out.

As well as the equipment needed for the handling business, the future company will start operating with the 300 TACV employees that currently provide ground support for aircraft, passengers, luggage, cargo and mail.

“Efficiency should be the focus of the future company, which will have to be productive, well-organised and capable of adding value to the airport, the air transport system and Cabo Verde’s economy,” said Paixão. (macauhub)