The Castro Pinto Airport, which serves the metropolitan area of João Pessoa, in the Brazilian state of Paraiba, will set up customs services in order to receive flights from Cape Verdean airlines Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde (TACV), said the president of the Paraiba state tourism company PBTur.
Ruth Avelino said that although the international airport is formally international it lacks customs services, “which is now required for the air carrier from Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) to begin regular connections”, according to the Brazilian press.
The president of PBTur said that the connection had already been approved by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), and TACV is the first foreign airline to fly to that airport.
Although the start of scheduled flights was initial set for December, Avelino said they were now only expected to begin in April 2016 to allow time for customs facilities to be built.
TACV will offer a weekly flight every Friday, leaving the city of Sal, Cabo Verde, to João Pessoa, then head to Recife to later return to Sal, from where passengers can connect to Milan (Italy), Paris (France), Lisbon (Portugal) and Amsterdam (Netherlands). (macauhub/BR/CV)