Nelson Mandela International Airport

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Praia International Airport
Praia International Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Aeroportos Segurança Aérea (ASA)
Location Praia, Cape Verde
Hub for TACV Cabo Verde Airlines
Elevation AMSL 230 ft / 70 m
Coordinates 14°55′27.12″N 23°29′38.04″W / 14.9242000°N 23.4939000°W / 14.9242000; -23.4939000Coordinates: 14°55′27.12″N 23°29′38.04″W / 14.9242000°N 23.4939000°W / 14.9242000; -23.4939000
RAI is located in Cape Verde
Location in Cape Verde
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 6,876 2,096 asphalt

Praia International Airport (IATA: RAIICAO: 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]

Airlines Destinations
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria
Cabo Verde Express Fogo, Sal
Royal Air Maroc Bissau, Casablanca[2]
Sénégal Airlines Dakar
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda, São Tomé
TACV Boa Vista, Boston, Dakar, Fortaleza, Gran Canaria, Lisbon, Maio, Sal, São Filipe, São Vicente
Seasonal: Nice
TAP Portugal Lisbon


In December 2013 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Cape Verde Names Airport After Nelson Mandela". All Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Royal Air Maroc ira à Copenhague, Stockholm et Praia" [Royal Air Maroc will fly to Copenhague, Stockholm and Praia] (in French). Air Journal. 1 November 2012. Archived from the original on 28 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

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