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Praia International Airport ( IATA: RAI, ICAO: GVNP) is an airport located on Santiago Island in Cape Verde. It was opened in late 2005, replacing the old Francisco Mendes International Airport. It is located about 3 km northeast of central Praia in the southeastern part of the island of Santiago. At the beginning of 2012, the airport was named after Nelson Mandela, not without controversy. [1 ]
The first flight to the new airport was on 23 October 2005. Even though the airport serves the capital and largest city, Praia, Cape Verde's main international airport is
Amílcar Cabral International Airport located on the smaller island of Sal.
Airlines and destinations [ edit ]
Royal Air Maroc
Casablanca [2 ]
TAAG Angola Airlines
Luanda, São Tomé
Bissau (begins 3 June 2015) [3 ] Boa Vista, Boston (ends 29 May 2015), Dakar, Fortaleza, Lisbon, Maio, Providence (begins 2 June 2015), [4 ] Recife (begins 5 June 2015), Sal, São Filipe, São Vicente
In January 2012 a Cape Verde government statement noted that Praia International Airport was renamed after South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela, an icon for freedom in Africa.
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External links [ edit ]
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