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Improved flights to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Postby ola454 » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:18 am

It used to be very difficult to reach the kitesurf haven of Sao Vicente (one of the Cape Verde islands).
With new flight schedules as of November 3, 2011, Sao Vicente can now be reached from:
USA & Canada
Los Angeles (1 stop)
Seattle (1 stop)
Portland (1 stop)
Chicago (1 stop)
Detroit (1 stop)
Minneapolis (1 stop)
Atlanta (1 stop)
Houston (1 stop)
New York (1 stop)
Boston (1 stop)
Toronto (1 stop)
Europe
Amsterdam (direct)
Barcelona (1 stop)
Madrid (1 stop)
Valencia (1 stop)
Malaga (1 stop)
Las Palmas (1 stop)
Lisbon (direct)
Basel (1 stop)
Zurich (1 stop)
Geneva (1 stop)
Munchen (1 stop)
Stuttgart (1 stop)
Hannover (1 stop)
Koln-Bonn (1 stop)
Frankfurt (1 stop)
Berlin (1 stop)
Hamburg (1 stop)
Nice (1 stop)
Lyon (1 stop)
Toulouse (1 stop)
Paris (1 stop)
Brussels (1 stop)
East Midlands (1 stop)
Manchester (1 stop)
Birmingham (1 stop)
London (both Gatwick & Heathrow) (1 stop)
Helsinki (1 stop)
Oslo (1 stop)
Stockholm (1 stop)
Budapest (1 stop)
Prague (1 stop)
Warsaw (1 stop)
Brazil
Fortaleza (1 stop)

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Re: Improved flights to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Postby markUCB » Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:20 am

What's the wind like in November?

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Re: Improved flights to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Postby ola454 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:44 pm

The percentage of time during the day with 11-25 knots and good wind direction (cross / cross-onshore) during November 2008 and November 2009 was 99% !!
(Trade wind).

The exception was last year when we had La Nina and warned all of our potential customers that the wind could be disappointing. November 2010 was indeed somewhat disappointing and turned out to be 85%.

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Re: Improved flights to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Postby ola454 » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:10 am

We've just nailed a deal with a travel agent (Flycaboverde in Holland) so flight prices are affordable:
Direct flight from Amsterdam - Sao Vicente for 560 euros
No extra cost for equipment with total weight up to 30kg

The choices of accomodation is also expanding.
Prices are now from 9 euros per night including breakfast.

So getting to Sao Vicente is getting easy (6 hours flight, 30min until you have your luggage, 15min to get to accomodation) and affordable.

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Re: Improved flights to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Postby mvandijk » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:15 pm

As of December 18 2011 there will be direct flights from Paris to Sao Vicente as well (Sundays and Wednesdays).

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Re: Improved flights to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Postby markUCB » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:30 pm

Hi Ola, Hi Marc !
Thanks for an unforgettable time. I've fallen in love with the island and had a great time on the water at Salamansa. I'll be back!
Here's some pictures from the day with the big group of Dutch kiters.
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Re: Improved flights to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Postby JasonWPD » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:49 pm

Any idea what airlines fly out of western North America (Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, etc..)?? I tried flights from all three but it came up with 'no flights available'?

What destination should I try? Sao Vincente?

Thanks!

I've got a week in Feb so would be nice to spend it in Salamansa!!!
Jason

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Re: Improved flights to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Postby ola454 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:09 am

Hi Jason,
It's getting late here so I'll get you the details tomorrow.

For a starter
Take KLM/Delta on Wednesdays from LA, Portland or Seattle to Amsterdam and then TACV from Amsterdam to Sao Vicente.
I'm pretty sure there is now (from 18 Dec onwards) a new second option as well - which is with Air France/Delta to Paris and then TACV from Paris to Sao Vicente.

TACV is a bit of an unusual airline - impossible to find on the web. They have and office in Boston (Tel: 617-472-2431/617-472-2227 - Fax:617-472-2521
Email: dboston@tacv.aero )

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Re: Improved flights to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Postby mvandijk » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:18 am

JasonWPD wrote:Any idea what airlines fly out of western North America (Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, etc..)?? I tried flights from all three but it came up with 'no flights available'?

What destination should I try? Sao Vincente?

Thanks!

I've got a week in Feb so would be nice to spend it in Salamansa!!!
Jason


Hi Jason
We had a lot of questions from kitesurfers about flights to Sao Vicente. Your experience back in 2011 turned out to be the rule: when you search in the normal sites (travelocity, orbitz etc) the flights to Sao Vicente are either absent or very expensive with outrageous long flight schedules.

We've been taking notice and have created a very thorough system to find flights and are close to create our own flight search page, specifically for Sao Vicente to help. The database is ready. We found to our surprise that you can find convenient flights (good connections both ways) from 157 cities around the world! :D

Here is the latest on West-Coast USA (options may change depending on time of the year)

Portland : Take Delta flight 178 on Wednesday at 1:45pm arriving in Amsterdam at 08:35 next morning, then take TACV from Amsterdam leaving at 10:15, arriving in Sao Vicente at 14:05.

Seattle: Take Delta flight 232 on Wednesday at 1:40pm arriving in Amsterdam at 08:30 next morning, then take TACV from Amsterdam leaving at 10:15, arriving in Sao Vicente at 14:05.

Before October 27 and after March 30, there are more options including flights from Los Angeles and from San Francisco

By the way:
- The return routing is very similar. No long transits
- If you need to book flights for the TACV legs: contact TACV or for the whole routing: contact us.


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