Agostinho Neto Airport

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For active airport of the same name in the Republic of the Congo, see Pointe Noire Airport.

Agostinho Neto Airport
Aeroporto de Agostinho Neto
Airport type Public
Owner ASA
Operator TACV
Location Ponta do Sol, Santo Antão, Cape Verde
Closed 2007
Elevation AMSL 32 ft / 10 m
Coordinates 17°12′11″N 25°05′27″W / 17.203058°N 25.090874°W / 17.203058; -25.090874Coordinates: 17°12′11″N 25°05′27″W / 17.203058°N 25.090874°W / 17.203058; -25.090874
GVAN is located in Cape Verde
Location of Aeródromo Agostinho Neto/Ilha de São Antão in Cape Verde
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 1,476 450 Asphalt
Inactive airfield

The Agostinho Neto Airport (Portuguese Aeroporto Agostinho Neto) (IATA: NTO, ICAO: GVAN) was an airport in Cape Verde located next to the town of Ponta do Sol on the northern tip of the island of Santo Antão. The airport was named after Agostinho Neto, an Angolan politician who lived on the island during his exile.[1] The airport was first constructed in the 1960s and adopted its present name in the 1970s after Cape Verde gained its independence[citation needed]. Because of dangerous crosswinds and weather that is often below VFR requirements, the airport is closed since March 2007[citation needed]. The island of Santo Antão is now served by Cesária Évora Airport on São Vicente. Along with Brava, Santo Antão now is an island without its own airport.

In 2010, there were plans for a new airport in a safer location around Ponte Sul, 7 kilometers from Porto Novo.[2][3] These plans have not come to fruition as of 2014.[4]

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