Nelson Mandela International Airport

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Praia International Airport
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Airport typePublic
OperatorAeroportos Segurança Aérea (ASA)
Location Praia, Cape Verde
Elevation  AMSL 70 m / 230 ft
Coordinates 14°55′27.12″N23°29′38.04″W / 14.9242000°N 23.4939000°W / 14.9242000; -23.4939000 Coordinates: 14°55′27.12″N23°29′38.04″W / 14.9242000°N 23.4939000°W / 14.9242000; -23.4939000
Website RAI Website
Cape Verde location map.svg
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Location in Cape Verde
Direction LengthSurface
3/212,1006,890 asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers662,356 [1]
Operations11236 [1]
Metric tonnes of cargo959 [1]

Nelson Mandela International Airport( IATA : RAI, ICAO : GVNP), also known as Praia International Airport, is the airport of Santiago Island in Cape Verde. It was opened in October 2005, [2] replacing the old Francisco Mendes International Airport. It is located about 3 km northeast of the city centre of Praia in the southeastern part of the island of Santiago.



The first flight to the new airport was on 6 October 2005 with a flight from Sal. [2] Even though the airport serves the capital and largest city, Praia as well as the island of Santiago, Cape Verde's busiest international airport is Amílcar Cabral International Airport located on the smaller island of Sal. [1]

In January 2012 a Cape Verde government statement noted that Praia International Airport was renamed after South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela, an icon for freedom in Africa, not without controversy. [3] Modernization works, including a new departures hall, were scheduled for completion in July 2018. [4]

Airlines and destinations

Air Senegal Dakar–Diass [5]
ASKY Airlines Dakar–Diass, Lomé [6]
Azores Airlines Lisbon, [7] Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Ponta Delgada
Cabo Verde Airlines Boston, [8] Lisbon, Sal, São Vicente
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
TICV Boa Vista, Maio, Sal, São Filipe, [9] São Nicolau, São Vicente
Transair Dakar–Diass [10]
TUI fly Netherlands [11] Amsterdam


See source Wikidata query and sources.

YearPassengersOperationsCargo (t)
2012 [12] 497,049
2013 [12] 505,4978,9781,418
2016 [1] 522,5848,6411,109
2017 [1] 662,35611,236959

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