Ceiba Intercontinental, an airline based in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, plans to start flying to Praia with a stopover in Sao Tomé, the capital of Sao Tome and Principe, the Cabo Verde secretary of state for Foreign Affairs said.
José Luís Rocha, who visited Equatorial Guinea recently, said that the move had yet to be confirmed and added that if it went ahead it would make it easier for people and goods to travel between the two countries, according to Cape Verdean newspaper A Semana.
The news follows a deal between the governments of Cabo Verde and Equatorial Guinea for exploration of air services between and beyond the two countries, which was signed in Praia on 16 June 2010 and was unanimously ratified Wednesday by Cabo Verde’s parliament.
Ceiba Intercontinental, which was founded in 2007, has a fleet made up of four ATR aircraft and two Boeing aircraft and its first intercontinental flight was carried out in October 2012, from Malabo to Madrid.
Since December of 2012 the airline has offered flights to the Ivory coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, Benin, as well as to Brazil from its base at Santa Isabel de Malabo International Airport.
Equatorial Guinea is making efforts to stabilise its political situation in order to become a member of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP).