Nelson Mandela International Airport


Praia International Airport (IATA: RAI, ICAO: GVNP) is an airport on Santiago Island in Cape Verde. It was opened in late 2005, replacing the old Francisco Mendes International Airport.

Praia International Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorAeroportos Segurança Aérea (ASA)
LocationPraia, Cape Verde
Focus city forCabo Verde Airlines[1]
Elevation AMSL70 m / 230 ft
Coordinates14°55′27.12″N 23°29′38.04″W / 14.9242000°N 23.4939000°W / 14.9242000; -23.4939000Coordinates: 14°55′27.12″N 23°29′38.04″W / 14.9242000°N 23.4939000°W / 14.9242000; -23.4939000
WebsiteRAI Website
RAI is located in Cape Verde
Location in Cape Verde
Direction Length Surface
m ft
3/21 2,100 6,890 asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Metric tonnes of cargo959[2]

It is about 3 kilometres northeast of central Praia in the southeastern part of Santiago Island. At the beginning of 2012, the airport was renamed after Nelson Mandela.[3]

The first flight to the new airport was on October 23, 2005. Even though the airport serves the capital and largest city, Praia, Cape Verde's main international airport is Amílcar Cabral International Airport. This is on the smaller island of Sal.

References Edit

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Boletim Estatístico de Tráfego – Ano 2017" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ASA. January 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. "Cape Verde Names Airport After Nelson Mandela". All Retrieved 31 December 2013.

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