Africa: Cabo Verde Airlines appoints Erlendur Svavarsson as new CEO

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Carbo Verde Airlines (CVA), has appointed Erlendur Svavarsson as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the carrier taking over from Jens Bjarnason.

Jens Bjarnason, has served as CEO since the beginning of 2019.

According to, Erlendur Svavarsson appointment CEO is part of the ongoing management agreement between Loftleidir Icelandic and Cabo Verde Airlines.

SVP Sales and Marketing at Loftleidir Icelandic since 2010, Erlendur Svavarsson has worked for Loftleidir Icelandic and other Icelandair companies in various senior management and board member roles since 2003, and has been a board member of Cabo Verde Airlines since the beginning of 2019.

He was also involved in the process of the privatization of the Cape Verdean airlines, which was concluded in March 2019.

The new CEO of CVA holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Iceland, an MBA degree from Reykjavik University and an AMP (Advanced Management Program) from Harvard Business School.

Cabo Verde Airlines remains committed to its vision of connecting four continents – North America, South America, Europe and Africa via Cabo Verde.

The airline, according to a report by, recently signed a partnership with Africa World Airlines (AWA), of Ghana, to improve connectivity in West Africa with Europe, North America and South America.

Both airlines will start an integrated selling operation for the routes of both carriers.

With this partnership, AWA’s passengers will be able to connect through CVA’s hub on Sal with other routes of the airlines, like Dakar (Senegal) and the Cape Verdean islands of Santiago, São Filipe and São Vicente.

CVA also ensures regular flights to Lisbon, Paris, Milan and Rome (Europe), Boston and Washington, D. C. (USA), and to the Brazilian cities of Fortaleza, Porto Alegre, Recife, and Salvador.

Also, the airline recently commenced flight operations into Lagos, Nigeria with a Boeing 757, operating five times weekly from its hub on the island of Sol.



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