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"I had booked about a month ago to go on the Stansted -Sal flight this Thurs 15.11.07, returning 22.11.07. Today, less than 48 hrs from departure time, a voicemail was left on my mobile that both flights had been cancelled!A full refund was offered, alternatives via Lisbon were mentioned.To get through to them by telephone today has been a nightmare. TACV, you need to get your act together. From using 087 numbers, lengthy delays in answering the phone, and then cancellation at short notice. I am aware that these flights were only recently launched, that there was not much time to get full pax lists etc etc. However this is the real world, carry on like this and Astraeus/ Thomson's will take the whole market. It will take a lot to restore my confidence! When a person has made extensive plans for your stay (accomodation etc), to be faced with not going, not a happy time."

Flights to the Cape Verdes, Boa Vista

Direct flightsfrom UK airports to Rabil, Boa Vista

There are flights from Manchester on Mondays and Gatwick on Fridays to Boa Vista, direct. Flights from many UK regional airports and the Channel Islands and Ireland connect with the direct flights on the day of departure.

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Early Booking of Flights

All airlines now sell the cheap flights seats to early bookers. Direct flights are the cheapest , as low as £250 from Gatwick Manchester and Birmingham. Book early as seats run out on popular dates and prices of connecting flights increase as availability falls on all airlines.

Boa Vista is not an all-weather airport

C from Cheshire had a delayed flight.

"Tommy are so unorganised and unhelpful. We got stranded on the island for over 28 hours as the aircraft provided was old. The runway has no lighting so it shuts at 6pm and nothing can take off or land. If you are unlucky enough to get stranded like we did, don’t expect to be taken back to an hoted for food and shelte. We waited for 8 hours in the airport and at midnight to a dirty guest house. Some were just given mats to sleep on in a corridor of an apartment while the reps went back to their beds.


Stansted flights have ended after an unreliable performance

A from Cambs was cancelled at 48 hours notice on the Stansted flights which he had foolishly tried to book without travel agency assistance, or advice.

"I had booked about a month early to go on the Stansted-Sal flight. But less than 48 hours from departure time, a message was left on my mobile that both flights had been cancelled! A full refund was offered. Alternatives via Lisbon were mentioned. To get through to them by telephone was a nightmare ."

M from London gave up trying

"Every time I have tried to get through to the call centre I have either had to wait about 20 minutes (on an expensive 0808 number) or I had to give up after holding too long. Also their website has been "under construction" for ages so you have no choice but to phone them or use a travel agency."