Aristides Pereira International Airport

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Aristides Pereira International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Aristides Pereira
Airport type Civil
Operator Empresa nacional de Aeroportos e Segurança Aérea (ASA)
Serves Sal Rei
Location Boa Vista, Cape Verde
Elevation AMSL 69 ft / 21 m
Coordinates 16°8′15″N 22°53′21.84″W / 16.13750°N 22.8894000°W / 16.13750; -22.8894000Coordinates: 16°8′15″N 22°53′21.84″W / 16.13750°N 22.8894000°W / 16.13750; -22.8894000
BVC is located in Cape Verde
Location in Cape Verde
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 6,890 2,100 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 465,049
Operations 4,600
Metric tonnes of cargo 208[1]

Aristides Pereira International Airport (Portuguese Aeroporto Internacional Aristides Pereira) (IATA: BVCICAO: GVBA) is an airport in Cape Verde located on the island of Boa Vista, about 5 km southeast of the island capital Sal Rei. It is the third-busiest airport in the country.

About the airport[edit]

The airport is one of the smallest international airports in Africa serving in an area of about 10,000 people. Much of its 465,049 yearly passengers are tourists, some of them coming from other parts of the nation.

Its airport runway is categorized as 4D. It is operated between 8:00 AM (8:00) and 6:00 PM (18:00) as the runway is not illuminated. Its runway is 2.1 km long and contains two platforms: an area part of the old airport and a civil aviation platform with five parking spaces.

Its terminal has six check-in balconies, shops, two luggage collection areas and a passport control at the international flights section.

Its IATA code means Boa Vista, Cape Verde, mainly in Portuguese as Boa Vista (Cabo Verde).


The airport started operating in the late 20th century, it was converted from an aerodrome in 2002. Construction started in 2005, the project was founded by the Spanish engineering company INECO, the runway was extended from 1,200 to 2,100 meters and was paved only in 2007. Aristides Pereira Airport has started international operations in July 2007, with a new runway (2,100 m), making it the newest international airport on the Cape Verde Islands.[2] On 13 October 2007, TACV made a test flight from Amílcar Cabral International Airport to Rabil Airport to conclude the operational certification of the new airport. On 31 October 2007, TACV officially became the first airline to operate a jet aircraft (Boeing 757-200 [D4-CBG]) to Rabil Airport, an inaugural flight from Praia Airport,[3] its project costed CV$2 million escudos.[4] On 19 December 2007 a Livingston Airlines Airbus A321-200 (EI-LVA) made the first international arrival to Rabil from Verona, Italy. The passengers were greeted with "morabeza" by Cape Verdeans.

A large number of tourists coming at the airport in 2010 started a second terminal expansion project, partly led by additional resorts west of the airport and a new one at Curral Velho. It extended the platform from 2 to 5 parking areas.[5]

The airport was originally named Rabil Airport, but on 19 November 2011 it was renamed as a tribute to the first president of Cape Verde, Aristides Pereira.[6]

In 2012, it carried 425,701 passengers making it the third-most used in the country. In 2013 it carried 448,700 passengers; it also had 4,758 air operations and transported 267 tonnes of cargo.[7][8]

Recently the airport terminal went on a little expansion in 2014 for the third time and may recently have finished.


Its architecture at the front of the terminal is a mixture Portuguese origin, Spanish and Moorish architectural elements and has peach-rose stone bricks with two arches, entrance and exit doors and a yellow exterior where the airport name is and in the south are three melon-colored exteriors with two fudge-brown exteriors inbetween and are bordered with a stone-brick outer wall.

On its opposite sides of the terminal, features narrow semicircular windows at one part, at the other side is with a yellow facade and all stone brick and another entrance/exit doors. and two melon exterior with a yellow doorlike exterior, in the middle are colored brown and white. On another side are two stone brick arches, entrance and exit door with a wider separation and on the left, a yellow exterior, one that is a doorlike exterior with a melon exterior on top and has two wall like edges, on the opposite side has a brown-white and melon-yellow exteriors with a stone brick door, that section are used for airport facilities, on the other side is cargo.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
ASL Airlines France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels (begins 1 November 2017)
Cabo Verde Express Sal
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Neos Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Verona
TACV Praia, Sal
TAP Portugal Lisbon[9]
Thomas Cook Airlines Birmingham (begins 2 November 2017)[10]
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels (ends 31 October 2017)
Thomson Airways Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Travel Service Charter: Prague
Travel Service Slovakia Charter: Bratislava
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris-Orly
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Deutschland Basel/Mulhouse, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hannover, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam
TUI fly Nordic Charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Gran Canaria, Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda, Oslo-Gardermoen


Year Passengers Operations Cargo
2012 425,701 - -
2013 448,700 4,768 268
2016 468,049 4,601 208

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Movement of Planes, Passengers and Cargos at Airports" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ASA. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cape Verde: New Boavista international airport receives first flights". Macauhub English. 7 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Cape Verde: Third international airport opens and fourth due in 2008". Macauhub English. 1 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "Aeroporto da Boa Vista no valor de mais de 2 milhões de contos é inaugurado quarta-feira, 31". A Semana (in Portuguese). 29 October 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Boa Vista Aristides Pereira Airport Guide (BVC)". 20 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Relative Statistics in Airports" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ASA. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Statistics in Airports" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ASA. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Duclos, François (17 June 2013). "TAP Portugal : Tanger et Boa Vista en octobre" [TAP Portugal : Tanger and Boa Vista in October] (in French). Air Journal. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Thomas Cook UK adds Cape Verde link from Birmingham in W17". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 March 2017.