Cabo Verde’s Finance Minister calls for partnership between Angolan and Cape Verdean airlines

18 February 2014

Cabo Verde’s (Cape Verde’s) flagship airline Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde plans to join its Angola counterpart TAAG to operate together in West Africa, Cabo Verde’s Minister for Finance and Planning said Monday in Luanda.

Minister Cristina Duarte said that her government had discussed the matter with its Angolan counterpart over the last five years although there “are no negotiations for the two companies to become associated.”

The minister also said that TACV and TAAG complemented each other in some areas and gave assurances that if they got together they would have a lot to gain, “given that the aviation market in West Africa is still waiting for a big partnership to come along to provide a better service.”

Duarte noted that this had not been the case so far because of a lack of infrastructure, particularly international airports, and that this situation had been resolved in Cabo Verde.

“An aviation company with a regional focus has to have infrastructure and that infrastructure already exists in Cabo Verde, namely at international airports,” she said.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, Duarte did not refer to her previous statements that there was at least one Chinese company interested in the TACV privatisation. (macauhub)