Quatro de Fevereiro Airport

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Quatro de Fevereiro
International Airport

Aeroporto Internacional 4 de Fevereiro
Aeroport-4-de-Fevereiro-Chegadas LWS1962.JPG
Airport typeMilitary / Public
OperatorENANA EP
LocationLuanda, Angola
Hub for
Elevation AMSL243 ft / 74 m
Coordinates08°51′30″S 13°13′52″E / 8.85833°S 13.23111°E / -8.85833; 13.23111Coordinates: 08°51′30″S 13°13′52″E / 8.85833°S 13.23111°E / -8.85833; 13.23111
LAD is located in Angola
Location of Airport in Angola
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,716 12,190 Asphalt
07/25 2,600 8,530 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Passenger change 09–10Increase9.4%
Aircraft movements65,843
Movements change 09–10Decrease3.2%
Source: DAFIF,[1][2] Landings.com,[3] 2010 World Airport Traffic Report.[4]

Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (Portuguese: Aeroporto Internacional 4 de Fevereiro), (IATA: LAD, ICAO: FNLU) is the main international airport of Angola. It is located in the southern part of the capital Luanda, situated in the Luanda Province. Quatro de Fevereiro means 4 February, which is an important national holiday in Angola, marking the start of the armed struggle against the Portuguese colonial regime on 4 February 1961. In 2009, about 1.8 million passengers were counted.[5]


The airport started to be constructed in 1951, to serve the capital of the then Portuguese Overseas Province of Angola. It was inaugurated in 1954, by the Portuguese President Craveiro Lopes. In honor to him, the official name of the airport became President Craveiro Lopes Airport (Aeroporto Presidente Craveiro Lopes). In August 1975 the airport hosted tens of thousands of mostly white Portuguese Angolans in transit, camping at the airport ahead of fleeing to Lisbon via "Operation Air Bridge".[6] Following the independence of Angola from Portugal in November 1975, the airport was re-baptized Quatro de Fevereiro Internacional Airport.


The airport resides at an elevation of 243 feet (74 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 05/23 is 3,716 by 45 metres (12,192 ft × 148 ft) and 07/25 is 2,600 by 60 metres (8,530 ft × 197 ft).[1] Starting in Mid-2017, the airport will be replaced by the new Angola International Airport. Construction work has already started, but its opening was postponed due to financial difficulties on the part of the Angolan government.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Namibia Windhoek–Hosea Kutako
Arik Air Lagos
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Emirates Dubai–International
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
KLMa Amsterdam
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Libreville
SonAir Cabinda, Catumbela, Lubango, Soyo
South African Airways Johannesburg–OR Tambo
TAAG Angola Airlines Brazzaville, Cabinda, Cape Town, Dundo,[8] Catumbela, Harare, Havana,[9] Huambo, Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Kinshasa, Kuito, Lagos,[10] Lisbon, Lubango, Luena, Lusaka, Maputo, Menongue, Moçâmedes, Ondjiva, Porto, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos, São Tomé,[11] Saurimo, Soyo, Windhoek–Hosea Kutako
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon

^a Flights to and from Luanda proceed via Windhoek. However, KLM does not carry local traffic rights between Luanda and Windhoek.


Traffic by calendar year. Official ACI Statistics
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2005 882,749 Increase18.15% 28,382 Increase17.31% 19,975 Increase23.35%
2006 1,128,442 Increase27.83% 22,213 Decrease21.74% 33,876 Increase69.59%
2007 N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
2008 2,222,638 N.A. 68,000 N.A. 42,614 N.A.
2009 2,430,794 Increase 9.37% 65,843 Decrease 3.17% 53,339 Increase25.17%
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Statistics
(Years 2005-2009)

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 26 March 1979, a cargo-configured Interflug Ilyushin Il-18 DM-STL overshot the runway following an engine failure during the take-off run. The aircraft broke up and erupted into flames, killing the ten people on board.[12][13]
  • On 12 February 2000, a Transafrik International cargo Boeing 727 crashed upon landing on runway 23. Due to high winds gusting to between 50 and 80 knots, the aircraft had executed a missed approach, and upon the landing flare of the second attempt, witnesses saw the right wing touch the ground.
  • On 25 May 2003, a Boeing 727–223 with the registration number N844AA, which had been parked at the airport for over a year, was stolen in mysterious circumstances.
  • On 27 June 2009, a British Airways Boeing 777-200ER G-RAES was damaged, while it was parked, by a collision with a Hainan Airlines Airbus A340-600 B-6510.[14][15]
  • On 31 January 2010, Guicango Yakovlev Yak-40 D2-FES suffered the collapse of all landing gears on landing after a flight from Cabinda.[16]


  1. ^ a b Airport information for FNLU from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for LAD at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "FNLU @ aerobaticsweb.org". Landings.com. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  4. ^ Airport Council International's 2010 World Airport Traffic Report
  5. ^ Macauhub: Over 2 million passengers processed at Luanda Airport Angola in first half of 2010 30 November 2009
  6. ^ "Flight from Angola". The Economist. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  7. ^ Angola: Luanda's costly new airport raises questions. theafricareport.com. 18 November 2014 (inglês)
  8. ^ "taag angola dt221 status - Google Search". www.google.co.za. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Destination Guide - TAAG". Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  10. ^ "TAAG adds Lagos service from Nov 2018". routesonline.com. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Suspension of TAAG flights between Cabo Verde / Sao Tome and Principe and Angola causes damages to Inpharma". 26 February 2017. Archived from the original on 26 February 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  12. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin 18D DM-STL Luanda-4 de Fevereiro Airport (LAD)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Accident description of the 1979 Interflug crash". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Parked BA 777 damaged in ground collision at Luanda". FlightGlobal.com. 29 June 2009.
  15. ^ "Accident: British Airways B772 and Hainan A346 at Luanda on Jun 27th 2009, wings collided". avherald.com. 29 June 2009.
  16. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Guicango YK40 at Luanda on Jan 31st 2010, gear collapse on landing". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 31 January 2010.

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