Sao Tome and Principe
This Portuguese-speaking island nation is located in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western coast of Central Africa, with almost all travellers arrive either from Gabon or Portugal. Airline services are limited, however flights leave a few times weekly from Libreville (Gabon) with either Air São Tomé or Air Service Gabon, while there are nonstop flights from Lisbon (Portugal) a few times weekly with TAP Air Portugal. There are also now nonstop weekly flights to Angola, Ghana and Cape Verde with TAAG Angolan Airlines. The main international airport is São Tomé International Airport (TMS). Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Sao Tom is the aviation authority of Sao Tome and Principe.
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The news that an Angolan oil company is financing the renovation of Sao Tome and Principe’s international airport and will manage it for 30 years has drawn attention to Africa’s second smallest country; one that is so obscure that it often crops up as a question in highbrow general knowledge quiz competitions. Situated in the Gulf of Guinea where there are both existing and untapped oil fields, industrial interests are clearly at the heart of this. But the country has tourist attractions that, as Africa comes ever more into the tourist mainstream, may also be its salvation, just as they were for Cape Verde.