The government of Guinea-Bissau intends to move “soon” to create a national airline, and plans “to seek several partners with this in mind,” the Secretary of State for Transport and Communications of Guinea-Bissau said Friday in Lisbon.
João Bernardo Vieira said the government had already taken the first “steps in this direction, at this stage with euroAtlantic” which from 14 November will offer a weekly connection between Lisbon and Bissau.
The lack of flights between Guinea-Bissau and Portugal will thus be filled by Portuguese airline euroAtlantic, which has just received permission from the National Civil Aviation Institute (INAC) in Portugal to connect the two countries by air.
“Over the past two months we have worked towards finding solutions to address the deficiencies of air links and the charter contract between the Government and euroAtlantic is the best solution,” said João Bernardo Vieira, after signing the document that will provide one flight per week between Lisbon and Bissau.
The link between Lisbon and Bissau by euroAtlantic may in the future be extended “to two or three flights per week, depending on demand,” added the Secretary of State for Transport and Communications of Guinea-Bissau.
Guinea-Bissau was without connections to Europe following an incident with a TAP-Air Portugal flight in December 2013, when the captain of the aircraft that made the regular link was forced to carry 71 Syrian citizens who were in the West African country on false documentation. (macauhub/GW/PT)