Cesária Évora Airport

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Cesária Évora Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Cesária Évora
Airport type Public
Operator Aeroportos Segurança Aérea (ASA)
Serves Mindelo
Location São Vicente, Cape Verde
Hub for TACV Cabo Verde Airlines
Elevation AMSL 66 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 16°49′59.16″N 25°3′24.84″W / 16.8331000°N 25.0569000°W / 16.8331000; -25.0569000Coordinates: 16°49′59.16″N 25°3′24.84″W / 16.8331000°N 25.0569000°W / 16.8331000; -25.0569000
Website www.caboverde.com/ilhas/s-vicen/tacv.htm
VXE is located in Cape Verde
Location in Cape Verde
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 6,480 1,975 Asphalt
Passengers 219,422
Operations 3,896
Metric tonnes of cargo 540[1]

Cesária Évora Airport (Portuguese Aeroporto Internacional Cesária Évora) (IATA: VXE, ICAO: GVSV) is Cape Verde's third most-used airport located on the island of São Vicente, located nearly 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the centre of Mindelo. It is located in the valley area in the west of the island and is north of the village of São Pedro.

Its runway is 1,975 metres (6,480 ft) long and its width is 45 metres (148 ft).


The airport was inaugurated in 1960. The airport was officially renamed after the highly acclaimed singer Cesária Évora on March 8, 2012.

After the closure of Santo Antão's Agostinho Neto Airport in the late-2000s, the airport started to serve with Santo Antão and continues today as no plans of that island's new airport have been made.

Work began on May 31, 2005 to turn Cesária Évora Airport (then São Pedro Airport) into an international airport.[2] Included, the enlargement of the terminal size to 11,000 square metres (120,000 sq ft) and handle about 5,000 passengers an hour, also the runway was extended by a few hundred metres towards the north. On December 22, 2009 the Cesária Évora Airport became the newest international airport in Cape Verde, it was opened by the then Prime Minister José Maria Neves, along with Manuel Inocêncio Sousa the minister of Infrastructure, Transportation and Telecommunications and Isaura Gomes, president of the São Vicente, thousands visited the reopening. It has a modern terminal of about 11,000 square metres (120,000 sq ft) and has the capacity to process about 500 passengers an hour. The runway, at 1,975 metres (6,480 ft) long and 45 metres (148 ft) wide, is illuminated.

In 2013, the annual passenger number was 218,416, it also had 3,667 air operations and transported 612 tonnes (602 long tons; 675 short tons) of cargo.[3][4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Binter Canarias Praia, Sal
Cabo Verde Express Charter: Sal
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam



Year Passengers
2012 210,095
2013 218,416
2017 266,221

Busiest routes[edit]

Destination Passengers
1 Lisbon, Portugal 29,303
2 Paris, France 11,350
3 Amsterdam, Netherlands 5,096
4 Porto, Portugal 1,140
Source: [5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Movement of Planes, Passengers and Cargos at Airports" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ASA. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Expansion of São Vicente airport" (in Portuguese). A Semana via RTC. 31 May 2005. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Relative Statistics in Airports" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ASA. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Statistics in Airports" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ASA. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Article at A Semana" (in Portuguese). 

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