The European Union and Cape Verde signed on 23 March 2011 an aviation agreement (a so-called "Horizontal" Agreement) which brings in line with EU law the existing bilateral air services agreements between the EU Member States and Cape Verde.
This agreement allows any EU airline to operate flights between Cape Verde and any EU Member State where it is established and where a bilateral agreement with Cape Verde exists and traffic rights are available. It does not replace the bilateral agreements but adapts them to bring them into line with EU law. This is a major step change from the traditional set-up of aviation based on nationality restrictions and complements the EU's internal aviation market on the external side.
For further information and figures on EU-Cape Verde aviation relations and EU aviation in general, please consult the Atlas of the Sky.