Praia (Cabo Verde), Nov 11 (EFE) .- The airline Binter is celebrating this weekend the first anniversary of its operations on the internal routes of Cape Verde, where it expects to end the year with a total of 300,000 passengers and plans to increase them to 425,000, which would mean an increase of 40%.
The president of Binter, Pedro Agustín del Castillo, has Today, he made a balance at a press conference in Praia for the first year of operations of Binter Cabo Verde, where he began to operate with flights between the three most populated islands and which now extends to the seven with airport: Santiago, Sal, San Vicente, Buena Vista, Fogo, Mayo and San Nicolás.
The director has highlighted how much the branch of Cape Verde has grown in just one year, move from operating flights between three islands to offer nine routes, in addition to increasing the inter-island frequencies until reaching a seating offer of 45,000 seats per month, which will allow close 2017 with some 300,000 passengers.
The CEO of Binter Cabo Verde, Raúl Zapico, explained that the forecast of a 40% increase in the number of passengers is sustained in which the company is the only one that operates between the islands since a few months ago the state TACV was withdrawn and also because it is estimated that the African country market, both the International as the domestic, is growing at a rate of 15% per year.
Regarding the occupations of aircraft, has reported that in annual terms the average occupation is in a 68%, although it expects to rise and stand at 72% in November and December, a percentage that would be similar to that registered in the Canary Islands.
Binter Cabo Verde also plans to open two routes international flights from the Praia airport to the capitals of Senegal and Guinea Bissau with two weekly flights that could be operational throughout the first quarter of next year.
In addition, starting next December I, Binter, who has invested so far in Cape Verde twelve million euros, will offer a new route between the Canary Islands and Cape Verde, In addition to Tuesdays and Fridays, there will also be flights on Sundays.