Cabo Verde Airlines is poised to strengthen its presence in the transatlantic aviation landscape as it eyes the return of flights to Brazil. The airline, which recently marked a new chapter with the arrival of its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, is strategically planning to reconnect Brazil’s Northeast region with Cape Verde, fostering vital air links between the two nations.
In the pre-pandemic era, Cabo Verde Airlines maintained connections to several Brazilian cities, including Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Salvador, and Porto Alegre. The airline utilized Boeing 757-200 aircraft to operate these routes, with a vision to establish Cape Verde as a crucial hub connecting European cities, Brazilian destinations, and African cities, in line with international aviation trends.
However, the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic brought an unforeseen halt to these ambitious plans. The airline’s intentions of creating a strategic hub in the Atlantic were thwarted, leading to operational disruptions and disagreements between the Icelandic group, Icelandair, and the Cape Verdean government.
After navigating through years of challenges and uncertainties, the Cape Verdean government regained control of the airline, steering it towards a fresh trajectory. Under the banner of Cabo Verde Airlines, the government undertook significant steps to revitalize the airline, including acquiring new aircraft. The recent arrival of the first Boeing 737 MAX to the company’s fleet marks a notable achievement in this regard.
In an exciting turn of events, the Cape Verdean government has now revealed its plans to re-establish international connections. Apart from Lisbon, the airline’s historic hub, the first destinations to be reintroduced include Paris, Boston, and Fortaleza. As reported by AEROIN, the announcement has sparked considerable anticipation among travelers and aviation enthusiasts.
While the start date for these renewed routes is yet to be defined, the prospect of flights resuming to Fortaleza has created a buzz in both Cape Verde and Brazil. The revitalized Cabo Verde Airlines aims to bridge the physical distance as well as the cultural and economic gaps between these nations.