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UAE carriers eye direct flights to Cape Verde

Etihad, Emirates among those said to be eyeing up route following MoU signing

UAE carriers eye direct flights to Cape Verde
Emirates could be among the carriers eyeing a direct route to Cape Verde.

Flights to Cape Verde are likely to be launched from the UAE in the near future after authorities signed an aviation agreement with the African archipelago's government in Dubai on Tuesday.

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority signed an air services Memorandum of Understanding with officials from Cape Verde.

The signing was attended by representatives from several emirates and UAE carriers including Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways.

The move is likely to head to direct air links between the two nations, said Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research.

“I think flights won't happen until a formal agreement between the UAE/Cape Verde materialises… But in the grand scheme of things, I wouldn't be surprised if both Emirates and Etihad have prodded the government into help signing an accord so that once formalised, they can start flights,” Ahmad said.

Located 570km off the coast of Western Africa, Cape Verde is an archipelago of 10 islands.

The country is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, with large scale tourism and property developments planned.

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