Cabo Verde Airlines has suspended its flights to Washington from March 8 to May 31, 2020 due to significantly reduced customer demand prompted by global health concerns related to Coronavirus, COVID-19.
In a statement, the management of the airline said passenger demand had decreased because of the Coronavirus epidemic which has impacted operations, hence the need to temporarily suspend some flights.
According to the statement: “Cabo Verde will temporarily suspend flights to Washington from March 8 to May 31 due to significantly reduced customer demand prompted by global health concerns related to Coronavirus COVID-19.
“The Coronavirus outbreak is changing worldwide aviation. As a result of the outbreak, passenger demand has decreased. Consequently, airlines have been trimming services and this also impacts Cabo Verde Airlines,” it explained.
The airline further stated that as other aviation companies in general, Cabo Verde Airlines is paying attention to destinations where the focus of COVID-19 is increasing and affected customers would be contacted to accommodate travel needs.
It said those who booked through a travel agent will be contacted by their agency directly beginning March 09, or they can reach out to their travel agency.
“Up to now it is not proven scientifically that hot destinations are safer for COVID-19 contagion, there is no case of COVID-19 in Cape Verde, so Cabo Verde Airlines believes that Sal Island is a safe destination for tourists and will continue to fly in other routes according to the market demand,” it said.
The company said it had already published on its website the contingency plan for passenger protection and continues to be attentive to the outbreak worldwide in order to restart the operation after the ended outbreak.