Cape Verde: Airline to Launches Flights Between Providence and Praia

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Cabo Verde Airlines launches flights between Providence, Rhode Island, which has a large community of Cape Verdean expatriates, and Praia, the capital of Cape Verde.

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Palace of Culture in Praia, Cape Verde. Photo Credit: Xandu.


Transportes Aereos de Cabo Verde (TACV) will launch service linking Providence, Rhode Island, with the Cape Verde Islands on 2 June 2015. The flights will initially operate twice a week.

The airline will operate the flights using Boeing 757 aircraft, which seat 210 passengers, linking T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, Rhode Island, with Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI) in the city of Praia on the island of Santiago.

There will be connecting service to the following islands: Fogo, Sao Vicente, Sal, and Boa Vista.

Praia Airport is one of the Cape Verde's 2 most important international airports, the other being Amilcar Cabral International Airport, which is located on the island of Sal. Most foreign tourists arrive on flights destined for the airport on the island of Sal.

“TACV’s strategy to grow its Praia hub and international presence takes a bold step today with flights to Providence, where we have a strong diaspora and a shared vision for a resurgent future,” says João Pereira Silva, TACV President and CEO.

“This service will seamlessly connect the Ocean State to the islands of Cabo Verde and promises to play a leading role in strengthening historic cultural ties while facilitating trade and tourism."

The Cape Verdean airline flies to the following domestic travel destinations: Boa Vista, Fogo, Maio, Sal, Santiago, Santiago, Sao Nicolau, Sao Vicente, and Santo Antao.

The airline also flies to the following international travel destinations: Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Bergamo, Italy; Boston, Massachusetts; Dakar, Senegal; Fortaleza, Brazil; Lisbon, Portugal; and Paris, France.

Other new travel destinations for the airline include Bissau, Guine-Bissau, and Recife, Brazil.

T. F. Green Airport

The following airlines serve T. F. Green Airport: Cape Air, Condor Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and New England Airlines.

Most of the airport's current travel destinations are in the Eastern United States: Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Newark, New Jersey; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tampa, Florida; and Washington, DC – plus a handful of nearby towns.

Much of the airline service at the airport is on a seasonal basis.

The airport's only current international flights are to Frankfurt, Germany, which are operated on a seasonal basis on Condor Airlines.

"After experiencing a recent decline in passenger traffic, which coincided with the recession and airline consolidation, it is a positive sign to see expanded service and international carriers coming to Rhode Island," says U.S. Senator Jack Reed, the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee.

"We must continue to build on this progress and plan for the future. This airport is a catalyst for economic development throughout the state

And in case you are wondering, "Why would a foreign airline launch service to Rhode Island?"

The answer is simple. The Ocean State has a sizable community of Cape Verdean expatriates.

Cape Verde 101


Cesária Évora – the so-called "Barefoot Diva" -  in concert. Photo Credit: Silvio Tanaka.


Discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th Century, the archipelago was a Portuguese territory until it achieved independence in 1975. There are 10 islands, 9 of which are inhabited, and 8 islets.

Cape Verde has 2 seasons. The dry season runs from November to July; the wet season from August to October. The sun shines 365 days of the year.

Portuguese is the official language of Cape Verde, but Creole is the language of the street, with each island having its own variety. The country's official name is Cabo Verde, which is Portuguese for "Green Cape".

Situated 300 miles off the coast of Senegal, Cape Verde has charming architecture, beautiful beaches, a moderate climate, and hospitable people.

Perhaps Cape Verde's biggest claim to fame is its melodious music, which has both African and European influences. Cesária Évora – the so-called "Barefoot Diva" – calls the islands home.

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