Cabo Verde Airlines (CVA), the air flag carrier of the Republic of Cabo Verde, will add a second flight between Cabo Verde and Boston in December.
From December 14, 2019, Cabo Verde Airlines will start flying twice a week to Boston, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. On Tuesdays, the connection between Amílcar Cabral International Airport (SID), on Sal Island, will depart at 10:00 AM local time, arriving at Logan International Airport at 14:10 PM. The return flight will leave Boston at 15:40 Local Time and arrive in Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI), in Praia, at 03:10 AM local time. On Saturdays, the aircraft will leave Praia at 03:00 AM and arrive in Boston at 07:10 local time, and head back to Sal Island, departing BOS at 08:10 AM, and arriving Sal Island at 19:40 PM.
The connection will be made with a Boeing 757-200, with 22 seats in Comfort class, and 161 seats in Economy class.
Currently flying regularly from Boston to Praia (Cabo Verde) on Mondays, CVA wants to increase its share in the market for Americans visiting Africa as well as for the African Diaspora in the United States of America.
This is possible through CVA’s hub on Sal Island, from where the airline flies to other Cape Verdean destinations as well as West African cities, like Dakar and Lagos, Nigeria, a new service that will start on December 9, 2019 with five flights a week. CVA’s hub also offers flights to Lisbon (five times a week), Milan (four times a week) Paris and Rome (three times a week), as well as Brazilian destinations.
Earlier this year, the company had already announced that it would start flying from Sal Island to Washington DC in December, three times a week.
Cabo Verde Airlines, previously TACV – Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde – went through a restructuring process, being now owned in 51% by Loftleidir Cabo Verde.
Cabo Verde Airlines is the national carrier of the Republic of Cabo Verde, with the state of Cabo Verde owning 46,35%, workers owning 2,65% and Loftleidir Cabo Verde owning 51%.
The airline was established in 1958 as a public enterprise when it absorbed the then called Aero Club of Cabo Verde. Until to 1984 the company’s operations were restricted to the domestic market for eight (8) of the nine (9) inhabited islands of the archipelago.
In the 1980s, new horizons were opened to the company. The large emigration of Cape Verdeans to Europe that began in the 1960s, followed by the advent of the independence of Cabo Verde in 1975, brought on favorable market conditions for the start-up of the TACV international operations. The first route, Sal – Lisbon – Sal, started in 1985, and since then TACV has gradually expanded into new markets.
It currently has a wide and consolidated network that involves domestic and international operations. The two important factors that have influenced the success of these fifty years of the life of the company are: the existence of an important diaspora spread over five continents, whose number is larger than the resident population of the country itself and the “discovery” of Cabo Verde in the 90’s as a tourist destination, particularly for Europeans.
As an international operator, Cabo Verde Airlines implemented regularly the ever more demanding requirements in the area of aviation safety and security, imposed not only by its own authorities but also by the European Union and the United States of America. In February 2009, the company acquired its registration in the internationally recognized IOSA program, the IATA Operational Safety Audit. In May 2018, TACV changed its name to Cabo Verde Airlines.