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About Cabo Verde Airlines (TACV Airlines)

Cabo Verde Airlines, previously called and known as TACV Cabo Verde Airlines (Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde), is the national flag carrier of Cape Verde and is a scheduled and charter airline based in Praia, Cape Verde.

Cabo Verde Airlines (TACV Cabo Verde Airlines) now flies to many destinations including Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, Santa Luzia, Sao Nicolau, Sal, Boa Vista, Maio, Santiago, Fogo, Brava within Cape Verde.

The airline also flies to Amsterdam, Providence, Bissau, Recife, Dakar, Fortaleza, Lisbon and Paris. The northern islands are named the Windward Islands, and are Santo Antão, San Vicente, Santa Luzia (the uninhabited one), San Nicolau, Sal and Boavista.

Cabo Verde Airlines main base is Sal Airport, with smaller ones at Praia International Airport and Sao Pedro Airport. TACV was established in 1958 and following the independence of Cape Verde in July 1975, the airline became a public company.

Cabo Verde Airlines (TACV)'s fleet currently consists of one ATR42-500 (stored at Praia), three ATR-500s, and one B757-200, all of which it uses to operate regular domestic flights as well as flights to Amsterdam, Bissau, Dakar, Fortaleza, Lisbon, Paris CDG, Providence, Recife, and Rotterdam internationally.

TACV Cabo Verde Airlines offers a variety of meal options: vegetarian, halal, infant and children.




Fortaleza Fortaleza Airport FOR
Porto Alegre Salgado Filho International Airport POA
Recife Recife/Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport REC
Salvador de Bahia Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport SSA
Praia Nelson Mandela International Airport RAI
Sal Amílcar Cabral International Airport SID
São Filipe São Filipe Airport SFL
São Vicente Cesária Évora Airport VXE
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport CDG
Milan Milan Malpensa Airport MXP
Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport FCO
Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport LOS
Lisbon Lisbon Airport LIS
Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport DSS
Boston Logan International Airport BOS
Washington, D.C. Washington Dulles International Airport IAD

Destination News

30th July 2019

In July 2019, Cabo Verde Airlines announced the expansion of their flight route network. This will see them expand into Africa, South America and North America. This comes as an attempt to strengthen itself and the Sal Amilcar Cabral Int'l as a connecting hub between the mentioned 3 continents, with Europe.

The new routes announced are Washington Dulles, Luanda and Porto Alegre, all starting December 2019.



About Cape Verde


Cape Verde is a volcanic archipelago formed by ten islands, nine of which inhabited, and eight islets, reaching a total surface of 4033 km². Located at 445km off the west coast of Africa, its 510.000 inhabitants are well known for their 'morabeza', a word that transmits the best these paradise islands can offer.


Cape Verde homes a variety of musical styles due to the mixture of various European and African music forms: morna – worldwide popularized by the eternal diva, Cesária Évora – batuque, funaná, mazurka, and tabanca are the most popular music styles.


The climate is tropical dry with two main seasons: the dry season, between November and July, and the wet season, from August to October. The average annual temperature swings around 25º C, which makes Cape Verde a 365-day sunshine country with beautiful, sunny beaches. With a privileged location in the middle of the world and close to Europe, America and Africa, these small grains of land are your ideal holiday destination.

The official language is Portuguese, but people usually speak Capeverdean Creole, a mother-tongue to be proclaimed Cape Verde’s official language. Each island has its own Creole variety.


To the south you can find the Leeward Islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava. There are two types of islands according to the relief: flat islands surrounded by long and wide beaches Sal, Boavista and Maio and the high, contrasted mountain islands Santo Antão, Santiago, Fogo, San Vicente, San Nicolau and Brava where you can see black sand beaches.




Hand luggage is limited to maximum dimensions of 115cm (55 in height x 35 cm length x 25 wide) and a maximum weight of 5 kg. On Domestic flights, Cabo Verde Airlines allows 15kg of checked luggage, 20kg on regional flights and 23kg on international flights. On international flights, classes Y, M, Q, W, B, N have 30kg of checked luggage.



Frequent Flyer Programme

Cabo Verde Airlines (previously TACV) operates a programme for frequent flyers called TACV CLUB. TACV CLUB allows you to accumulate miles and use them later to be purchased by free flights or priority on waitlisted flights. TACV CLUB offers passengers three membership card levels when joining: Blue, Silver and Gold cards. TACV Blue cards help passengers access free flight tickets and Silver Cars allow passengers access free flight tickets, waiting list priority, access to Business Class check-in desks and 10kg extra of baggage allowance on international flights. You need at least 28,000 miles for the Silver Card and 48,000 miles for the Gold Card.



Codeshare agreements

Cabo Verde Airlines (TACV Cabo Verde) has codeshare agreements with TAAG Angola Airlines, TAP Portugal and Cabo Verde Express. TACV Cabo Verde Airlines operates Airbus A320, ATR 42-500s, ATR 72-500 and Boeing 757-200 in its fleet.



Route Map



Popular Routes

Sal    Sao Nicolau


Sal    Boavista


Fogo    Santiago


Santiago    Maio


Sao Vicente    Sal


Fogo   Santiago



The Fleet

ATR 42-500

ATR 72-500

Airbus A320-100

Boeing 737-800

Boeing 757-200



Cabo Verde Airlines Hub Airport

Amilcar Cabral International Airport

Amilcar Cabral International Airport is the principal international airport of Cape Verde. This airport is the hub airport for Cabo Verde Express, Halcyonair and TACV Cabo Verde Airlines. The airport has one runaway. Other airlines which fly to and from this airport include Binter Canarias, Cabo Verde Express, Luxair, Meridiana, TAP Portugal, Royal Air Maroc, Transavia and Vueling.



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