New Airline Route is testimony to Country's Growth
Officials at T.F. Green Airport on Friday announced Friday that airline Transportes Aereos de Cabo Verde (TACV) will begin year-round service from Rhode Island’s main airport to Cape Verde beginning June 2. The airline will offer two flights a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays until June 30, when it will add a third flight on Wednesdays for the summer tourism season.
The airline, known by its acronym, TACV, will fly 210-seat 757s to the city of Praia on the island of Santiago.
Prime Minister hails Economic Progress
Cape Verde Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves hailed the great economic and social strides his nation has made in recent years during a visit Saturday to the Whaling City. While challenges still remain for the African nation of about 500,000 people, the prime minister said that all the children in Cape Verde now attend school and are immunized and all babies are born in hospitals, he said. Speaking with the aid of an English interpreter, Neves said the per capita income has grown to $4,000 and the poverty rate has dropped from 80 percent to 24 percent in just 17 years from 1995 to 2012. The expectation is that the per capita income will grow to $12,000 by 2030. Neves made his remarks at the Corson Maritime Learning Center, part of the Natio…