Cape Verde airports to get modernisation boost from Vinci

Cape Verde is preparing an infrastructure boost as part of its post-pandemic plans to air transport recovery with modernisation plans for its international airport, and for improvements across the country’s secondary island airports.

Amilcar Cabral International Airport on Sal, Cape Verde - set for modernisation. (Image: Wikipedia)

 The Cape Verde government has signed a contract with French operator Vinci and awarded a public airport service concession.

The deal includes concessions at Amílcar Cabral International Airport, on the island of Sal, at Praia International Airport – Nelson Mandela, on the island of Santiago, at Cesária Évora International Airport, on São Vicente Island, at Aristides Pereira International Airport, on Boa Vista Island, at Preguiça Airport, on São Nicolau Island, at Maio Airport and at São Filipe Airport, on Fogo Island

As part of the implementation Vinci will establish a local company in partnership with Aeroportos Portugal which will hold 30% of the shares.

According to the government the new company will take responsibility for the modernisation of the airport infrastructure with a goal to improve connectivity and the profitability of the airport. The airport company across Cape Verde is said to have lost has lost a cumulative €27 million ($28.5m) over the past two years.