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 type Military / Public
Operator ENANA EP
Location Luanda, Angola
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 243 ft / 74 m
Coordinates 08°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
Website web.archive.org/web/20141110224106/http://www.luandaairport.com/en/
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)
Passengers 2,430,794
Passenger change 09–10 Increase9.4%
Aircraft movements 65,843
Movements change 09–10 Decrease3.2%
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: LADICAO: 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". 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.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Namibia Windhoek–Hosea Kutako
Arik Air Lagos
British Airways London–Heathrow
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
operated by Atlas Air
South African Airways Johannesburg–OR Tambo
TAAG Angola Airlines Beijing–Capital, Brazzaville, Cabinda, Cape Town, Catumbela, Harare, Havana,[8]Huambo, Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Kinshasa, Kuito, Lisbon, Lubango, Luena, Lusaka, Maputo, Menongue, Namibe, Ondjiva, Porto,[9] Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos, São Tomé,[10] 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)

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