São Filipe Airport

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São Filipe Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Aeroportos e Segurança Aérea (ASA)
Serves São Filipe
Location Fogo, Cape Verde
Elevation AMSL 66 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 14°52′58.8″N 24°28′48″W / 14.883000°N 24.48000°W / 14.883000; -24.48000Coordinates: 14°52′58.8″N 24°28′48″W / 14.883000°N 24.48000°W / 14.883000; -24.48000
SFL is located in Cape Verde
Location in Cape Verde
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 4,921.26 1,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 55 168
Aircraft Operations 1 052
Metric tonnes of cargo 26[1]

São Filipe Airport (Portuguese Aeródromo de São Filipe) (IATA: SFLICAO: GVSF) is Cape Verde's fifth most-used airport, located in the island of Fogo. It is located southeast of the town of São Filipe, near the Atlantic Ocean.


The airfield was opened in the late 20th century. It was the only airport in the southwest of the nation until an airfield in Mosteiros opened. From 1992, it also served passengers from and to Brava and after the closure of that airport and later in Mosteiros, once again, it is the only aerodrome serving the southwest of the nation.

During the 1995 eruption, the aerodrome was closed.

In May 2011, its runway was extended to 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) by 30 metres (98 ft) wide from the previous length of 1,197 metres (3,927 ft) by 20 metres (66 ft) wide, in order to accommodate bigger planes such as the ATR 42 and ATR 72, upon landing and taking off or taxiing. The totality of the airport's terminal went through complete remodeling, followed by the extension of its runway.

The airport in February 12, no longer after it became paved, parts of Mount Fogo is on the left, the runway is on the left and its tarmac on the right

Once the fourth most used, it carried 74,408 passengers in 2012 which made it the fifth most used, in 2013, it dropped to 62,088. In 2013, the annual air operations were 1,756 and transported 54 tonnes (53 long tons; 60 short tons) of cargo.[2][3]

From November 23 to late December, the aerodrome was closed due to the eruption of Pico do Fogo, the aerodrome was closed and its flights were cancelled. Also that time, the number of passengers and flights at the airport dropped. It also affected a part of the island's tourism.

In 2016, the airport had 55,168 passengers, lower than in 2012. Also in 2016, there were 1,052 air operations and 26 tonnes (26 long tons; 29 short tons) of cargo shipped, 40% less in three years.

In June 2017 as with other airports in the nation with domestic flights, TACV flight with Praia was replaced with Binter CV.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Binter Canarias
operated by Binter CV
Cabo Verde Express Praia, Sal


Year Passengers Operations Cargo (t)
2012 74,408 - -
2013 62,088 1,756 54
2016[1] 55,168 1,052 26

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Movement of Planes, Passengers and Cargos at Airports" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ASA. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Relative Statistics in Airports" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ASA. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Statistics in Airports" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ASA. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/272560/binter-cabo-verde-adds-sao-filipe-service-from-april-2017/

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