- TACV Cabo Verde Airlines could open a third weekly flight to Brazil by the end of October, with the final destination as Recife (in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco) or Belém (in the northern state of Pará). The reason cited for the reinforcement of the air connections with Brazil is related to the considerable demand for the flights to and from Fortaleza in the northeastern state of Ceará, which for the time being are carried out every Friday but which will soon take place twice weekly.
The information was provided by TACV’s commercial representative in northern and northeastern Brazil, who in declarations to the newspaper Gazeta do Brasil explained that in addition to the two weekly flights to Fortaleza, the second of which will begin in October, there could be another route to Recife or Belém also beginning next month.
In early September, TACV obtained the ETOPS certificate from the Cape Verdean Civil Aviation Agency allowing it to fly to Brazil using its own aircraft and crew. The Cape Verdean airline is expected to begin operating the direct flight to Fortaleza on its own aircraft in October, with two weekly flights on its Boeing 757 “Emigranti.” It is not yet known if the potential flights to Recife or Belém would be carried out on one of TACV’s planes or on a leased aircraft.
The occupation rate on the flights between Praia and Fortaleza is close to 98%. With a second weekly flight, TACV’s passenger capacity to Fortaleza will be 420.
TACV’s Lisbon-Cape Verde-Fortaleza route has already seen some 260 flights, transporting 83,000 passengers and two million metric tons of cargo since the route was opened in December 2001.
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