Cesária Évora Airport (PortugueseAeroporto Internacional Cesária Évora) (IATA: VXE, ICAO: GVSV) is Cape Verde's third most-used airport located in the island of São Vicente, located nearly 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the centre of Mindelo and serves the entire island and the island of Santo Antão. It is located in the valley area in the west of the island and is north of the village of São Pedro. The IATA code prefix represents the second name of the island name and is São V(X)icente, the X is used for letters that are out of use and are taken by other airports in the world. The last two letters of the ICAO code is São Vicente. The airport was inaugurated in 1960.
Work began in 2005 to turn Cesária Évora Airport into an international airport. On December 22, 2009 the Cesária Évora Airport became the newest international airport in Cape Verde. The feat would contribute much to the well-being of the residents of São Vicente as well as Cape Verde islanders as a whole. It has a modern terminal of about 11,000 square meters and has the capacity to process about 500 passengers an hour. The runway, (1,975 meters long), and (45 meters wide) is illuminated.
The airport was officially renamed after the highly acclaimed and recently deceased queen of Morna Cesária Évora on March 8, 2012.