An “expressive number” of passengers of Cape Verdean airline TACV are still retained in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), the airline said on Thursday in a statement, adding that it has cancelled 36 international flights since the beginning of September and sent more than 3,000 passengers to other airlines.
TACV, which cancelled almost all its flights to Europe, the United States and Brazil due to a breakdown in the engine of the only airplane it operates, also reported that between 1 and 13 September it cancelled 30 flights “initially scheduled to operate with the B757” and 6 more flights “as a result of an identical breakdown on the EuroAtlantic B767,” which TACV has been leasing since July” to meet the demand of the high season.
Cape Verdean Finance Minister OlavoCorreia admitted on Thursday that the cancelled flights have a “significant impact,” saying that the government will bear all costs and that workers’ wages will be guaranteed.
The Cape Verdean public airline is in the process of restructuring with a view to its privatisation, and the government has signed a one-year management contract with the Icelandair group.
With accumulated liabilities of over 100 million euros, the company only offers international flights after the government negotiated an exclusive contract with Binter Cabo Verde to offer connections in the domestic market. (macauhub)