Air connections from the Sal Island platform to Santiago, São Vicente and Fogo islands in Cabo Verde are due to begin on 13 August under a partnership with the Lease Fly and Newtour groups, Cabo Verde Airlines said in a market statement issued on Monday.
The company said in the statement that those routes would use ATR 42-300 aircraft from those two international groups.
“Cabo Verde Airlines and its partners will explore the high-density routes in a joint operation and the planes will be painted according to the current Cape Verdean airline brand,” the statement said.
It added that in the “near future” Lease-Fly intends to secure its own operator certificate in Cabo Verde and in partnership with Cabo Verde Airlines to operate inter-island connections and to the Sal Island platform.
Lease-Fly is a Portuguese-registered company with operating bases in Spain and France, owning ATR 42-320 aircraft, which have been available since July 2019 on a wet lease basis (lease of aircraft and full crew).
Newtour is one of the largest groups in the tourism sector operating in Portugal, operating in various areas such as hospitality, B2B and B2C distribution, with over 30 years of experience in the Cape Verdean market.
Meanwhile, the a Cape Verdean council of ministers meeting has approved an loan to cover part of the 22 million-euro loan that Cabo Verde Airlines has taken on from two local banks, including the possibility of issuing a state guarantee.
The resolution stated that the government’s endorsement, “covers liabilities up to 10.78 million euros,” of the loan, a portion representing 49% of the state’s capital stock in the former Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde (TACV), now called Cabo Verde Airlines (CVA).(Macauhub)