Monday, May 13, 2013

■ CAPE VERDE ISLANDS: ASA to spend €17million in 2013/14 to upgrade country's airports.

Empresa Nacional de Aeroportos e Segurança Aérea logoCape Verde’s airport management company, Empresa Nacional de Aeroportos e Segurança Aérea (ASA), says it is planning to spend over EUR17million to spend (CVE1.8billion) on renovating and expanding the country's airport infrastructure in line with the it's vision of providing quality service to the country's growing tourism industry.

Amílcar Cabral International Airport
Sal's Amílcar Cabral International Airport
According to the Expresso das Ilhas, ASA CEO, Teófilo Figueiredo, who was speaking last week at a presentation on the country's 2013/14 projects, said the projects are intended to provide passengers with a “pleasant and appropriate,” airport experience.

Amongst the works planned include an enlargement of Sal's Amílcar Cabral International Airport's passenger terminal to 6464.58sqm, which will involve an extension of the arrival area to 2500sqm and the departure area to 3'900sqm. The building will be extended westward by about 26 meters, resulting in the addition of more than 2'000sqm in space, which willalso be used to increase the retail area and border and customs service areas.

Aristides Pereira International Airport, on Boa Vista Island, which was opened in 2008, and has already exceeded its carrying capacity is to be extended to handle double the number of aircraft and passengers it can currently handle. The passenger arrivals hall will be extended by 360sqm with four new baggage carousels to be built thereby allowing the terminal to handle 560 passengers/hour locally and 1'200 passengers/hour internationally.

The Cape Verde have also made known their intention to raise capital for the creation of the 'Gateway to West Africa' - a strategic aviation hub on the Cape Verde Islands which will cater for 50 million passengers per year and based upon Dubai.