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Binter Unveil Flights From The Canaries to The Cape Verdes

Binter, the Canary Islands airline, has just announced the creation of new flight routes to the Cape Verde islands, another chain of volcanic islands located just off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.

Cape Verde Islands

Take Off For New Binter Flights To Cape Verdes...

The new services depart twice weekly from Las Palmas airport on Gran Canaria and are the first direct air link between the two island chains.  Flights will depart every Tuesday and Friday costing around €170 and take around two and half hours to reach their destination of Praia, the largest city and main commercial hub in the Cape Verde group, which is located on the island of Santiago.  Binter is also hoping to launch new services to the tourist friendly island of Sal in the near future.

According to Binter, who also operate flights to Lanzarote from the other Canary Islands, the services are primarily designed to target business executives, as a number of companies in the Canary Islands are seeking to expand their operations in the Cape Verdes.  The flights will also provide a much needed link between the Cape Verdes and Europe, as despite their location close to the coast of Africa the Canaries are Spanish territory and hence part of the European Union.

The Cape Verde islands are located close to the coast of Senegal and were formerly a Portuguese colony – Cabo Verde.  There are ten islands in the chain and they occupy a collective land mass of about 4,000 square kilometres.

Much like the Canaries the Cape Verdes played an important role in the slave trade, as millions of Africans were held and transported from these two island chains to South America during the 18th and 19th centuries.  As a result the islands were regularly attacked and sacked by pirates and privateers, including those well known English sailors Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.

The islands achieved independence in 1975 and are today home to around 500,000 inhabitants.  The Cape Verdes boast little in the way of natural resources so increasingly residents have come to rely on tourism, which has been a rapidly expanding sector since the turn of the century.  Indeed for a while the islands were depicted as the new Canaries, before the onset of the recession in 2007 and 2008 bought property prices crashing down.

The addition of these new Binter flights certainly pave the way for more inter island hopping and visitors to Lanzarote can also use other forms of transport such as ferries to reach nearby islands such as La Graciosa and Fuerteventura too.

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