Cape Verde is a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, off the western coast of Africa and west of Senegal .
Air: The national airline is TACV – Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde (VR), which has recently expanded its flight connections and now offers flights to several European cities, including Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madrid and Paris, as well as to Las Palmas (Canary Islands). Discounts are available for frequent flyers and their families. Other airlines serving Cape Verde include South African Airlines and TAP Air Portugal. Information on international and internal flights, and flight tickets may be obtained from Cape Verde Travel www.capeverdetravel.com
Approximate flight times: From London, England to Lisbon (Portugal) is 2 hours and from Lisbon, Portugal to Sal is 4 hours; from Boston, Massachusetts, USA to Sal is 8 hours; from Paris, France to Sal is 6 hours. Note that the stopover in Lisbon will sometimes be overnight if flying by TAP Air Portugal. The most convenient routes from London are via Paris, France and Amsterdam, Holland where there are direct connections with no stopover time.
Amílcar Cabral International airport - ( Santa Maria, Sal airport code: SID ) on Sal, 2km (1 mile) south of Espargos, is the only airport with a runway long enough to take jets; there are eight others throughout the islands. Airport facilities include a bank, duty-free shop, refreshments and tourist information. Taxis are available to the city centre and to resort areas.
A new airport, Francisco Mendes Airport, has been built in Praia, Santiago.
The capital of Cape Verde is Praia.
The official language is Portuguese.
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