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Date: 20/12/2007
1st CHARTER FLIGHT LANDS AT BOA VISTA AIRPORT



The much-awaited first international flight to Boa Vista International Airport finally landed Wednesday at 1:10 pm, when Italian company Livingston Energy Flight’s Airbus A321-200 touched down on the runway, ushering in a new era for the tourism sector on the island. Some 150 tourists were welcomed with bouquets of flowers and music.

The Airbus arrived directly from Verona, Italy, carrying some 150 passengers, and was greeted by representatives of the government, Airport and Air Security company ASA, local tourist enterprises and the population of Boa Vista. The crowd applauded following the first touchdown of an international charter flight at the new airport, which was officially opened in October.

At the entrance to the passenger terminal, the tourists were welcomed with flowers and Cape Verdean music as they went through border formalities and retrieved their baggage.

Meanwhile, Minister of Infrastructures, Transportation and the Sea Manuel Inocêncio Sousa gave the flight crew and some of the families who made their way to the airport to witness the event symbolic certificates.

All of the passengers on the flight will be lodged at the Hotel Venta Club, which belongs to the Ventaglio group, the operator of many of the charter flights that will land at Boa Vista International Airport. Tomorrow, another flight full of Italian tourists is scheduled to arrive from Milan. Charter flights from London, England, are expected to begin in January.



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