Brits hoping to fly to or from Cape Verde are being told to contact their travel company or airline for updates as sand storms are causing severe flight problems.

Some holidaymakers due to fly out of Boa Vista on Christmas Day and Boxing Day with Thomson Airways are still on the island and there are newspaper reports of ‘growing tensions’ as they have no idea when they will get home.

Thomson Airways updated its website yesterday afternoon to say flights from Boa Vista to Manchester, Gatwick and Birmingham ‘have been delayed until further notice and will depart as soon as we are able to safely operate into Boa Vista airport’.

Flights out of Manchester to Boa Vista on Christmas Day and Boxing Day were diverted to the neighbouring island of Sal.

However, Thomson said yesterday: “As there has been no improvement in the weather in Boa Vista customers will be brought back to Manchester today and have the option of a full refund or transfer to an alternative holiday.”

Thomson said it hoped a Birmingham to Boa Vista flight would depart today, ‘weather permitting’.The Foreign Office has updated its advice to say: “Sand storms from the Sahara are affecting local and international flights across […]