Boston Gets Second Weekly Flight To Cape Verde

Cabo Verde Airlines are set to launch a second weekly flight between Amílcar Cabral International Airport (SID) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) starting in December. Currently, Cabo Verde Airlines fly between Praia on Santiago Island once a week on a Monday, having dropped its previous twice-weekly service.

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The flight to Boston takes around six hours. Photo: Cabo Verde Airlines

The new route between the Cape Verde Islands and New England will take place on a Tuesday and Saturday starting on Saturday, December 14th, 2019.

Cabo Verde Airlines will fly to Washington starting in December

As well as the new flight to Boston, Cabo Verde Airlines will also add flights to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) beginning Sunday, December 8th, 2019. The flights to the nation’s capital will be on a Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday with the return flight back to the Cape Verde Islands a day later on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

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According to website Boston.com, Cape Verde Airlines is adding a second flight due to the large expatriate Cape Verdean community in Massachusetts and neighboring Rhode Island.

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Cabo Verde Airlines to fly to Washington Dulles.

Boston.com quotes a press release issued by Cabo Verde Airlines deputy CEO and chief of corporate affairs Mário Chaves, who when talking about the new Boston flight said:

“The second flight to Boston resets a very important connection that had been reduced through the restructuring process of CVA.

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“We are very excited to bring this connection back to the Cape Verdeans’ diaspora, and we hope, with this new service, that we can continue to increase tourism in Cabo Verde and give Americans the chance to know Cabo Verde’s culture and its people better.”

The return flight from Boston arrives at Praia

On Tuesday, the flight will depart Amílcar Cabral International Airport at 10:00 and arrive at Boston Logan International Airport at 14:10.

The return flight back to the Cape Verde Islands will depart Boston Logan at 15:40 and, surprisingly, rather than flying back to SID will land at Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI) near the capital Praia at 03:10 the following day.

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Cabo Verde Airlines will use Boeing 757s to fly to Boston. Photo: Cabo Verde Airlines.

On Saturdays, the flight will depart Nelson Mandela International Airport at 03:00 and arrive at Boston Logan at 07:10. The return flight back to the Cape Verde Islands will depart Boston Logan at 07:10 and arrive at Amílcar Cabral International Airport on Sal Island at 19:40.

Cabo Verde Airlines and their fleet

Once known as TACV, Cabo Verde Airlines operate flights to Africa, Europe, North America and Brazil from its main base at Amílcar Cabral International Airport. As you may have noticed from the Boston flight schedule, the airline also offers flights from Nelson Mandela International Airport near the capital, Praia.

Having racked up massive amounts of debt, a 51% controlling interest in the airline was sold to Icelandic national airline Icelandair in March of this year. Icelandair paid 1.3 million euros for a stake in the hope of making its successful hub and spoke operation from Reykjavík work in the Cape Verde archipelago.

At the moment, Cabo Verde Islands operates three Boeing 757-200s, one Boeing 737-300 and one ATR 42-300.

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Roy Ducker

If the Saturday flight is arriving at Boston Logan at 07:10 how is it going to take off for the return flight at the same time?.