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Tenerife ROUTES AFRICA


Binter Canarias to fly in Cape Verde


Tourism to Victoria Falls will benefit from new runway


Victoria Falls’ airport gears up for long-haul


A new 4,000 metre runway will open Victoria Falls International Airport to the potential of direct long-haul flights in the north of Zimbabwe. David Chawota, head of


initiatives have been put in place to retain the current base, expand the base, and grow and establish new markets. “A primary focus of the Cape Town


Air Access team going forward is to connect to North America and Asia, to ensure broad global connectivity to the region.” The Africa edition of the awards,


which are voted for exclusively by airlines, are split into three categories comprising two airport categories and best destination marketing campaign by a tourism authority. Abidjan International Airport


in the Ivory Coast was honoured in the under 4 million passengers category and Seychelles Tourist Board in the Destination Marketing category.


from low-cost carriers Norwegian, Iberia Express and Vueling. Bernabe added that airlines that


were setting up bases on the island enjoyed a number of other benefits, including the legal security of the European Union, while geographically it is well placed to achieve its four-continent hub strategy. Tenerife government president


Carlos Alonso said the island had added more than 2.5 million seats to its annual capacity since 2013. He added: “We have been able to become active in many new markets by encouraging connectivity and building in traditional markets, but also introducing flights into popular indirect destinations.”


the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, said the landing strip and additional infrastructure would enable aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747 to land at the facility. It is hoped this will


encourage European tour operators to launch new programmes to the destination, giving the local economy a boost. Around 143,000 Europeans currently visit the country annually. The project, part of a


$150 million investment by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) to upgrade facilities at the airport and boost passenger capacity from just 500,000 to around two million, is now nearing its final stage as the old terminal building is converted into a domestic facility. Much of the work has been achieved since the country hosted Routes Africa 2014. “We are near to the


completion of the Victoria Falls International Airport project,” said David Chawota, head of the CAAZ, at this year’s forum. “The international terminal


is up and running, the runway is fully operational, the air traffic control tower is live and all associated functions for facilitating passenger arrivals and departures are in place.”


routesonline.com ROUTES NEWS 2016 ISSUE 5 15


Spanish regional carrier Binter Canarias is confident it will shortly receive an operating licence from regulators in Cape Verde to inaugurate domestic flights within the archipelago from this winter. Speaking during a Routes Talks


presentation at Routes Africa, Juan Ramsden, general coordinator, Binter Canarias, said: “We hope to receive our certificate to fly next month in Cape Verde”. The airline has been serving


Africa for more than 10 years after making its debut in 2005 with flights to Marrakech and Laayoune. It has subsequently grown its presence with flights to Agadir, Banjul, Casablanca, Dakar, Nouakchott and Sal and is actively looking at additional markets. Binter made its debut in Cape


Verde in 2012 and its planned expansion will mark its first intra- African operation. The growth is being facilitated by the arrival of new regional turboprop equipment in its Canary Islands-based fleet freeing up older aircraft to be redeployed into Cape Verde. “Binter Cabo Verde will begin


to operate domestic flights in Cape Verde to provide air links between its islands, using the same transport model applied in the Canary Isles, which has achieved international acknowledgement,” said Ramsden.


Ramsden hopes to launch domestic Cape Verde flights soon


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