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Amílcar Cabral
Amílcar Cabral
International Airport (IATA: SID, ICAO: GVAC), also known as Sal International Airport or Amílcar Cabral
Amílcar Cabral
Airport, is the main international airport of Cabo Verde. The airport is named after the revolutionary leader Amílcar Cabral. It is located two km west-southwest from Espargos
on Sal Island. Sal was the main hub for the national airline, TACV; now it serves as a base for carriers Cabo Verde Express and Halcyonair.


1 History 2 Facilities and transport

2.1 Terminal 2.2 Runways

3 Airlines and destinations 4 Access 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] The first airport on Sal Island was built in 1939 by Italy, as a fuel and provisions stopping-point on routes from Rome to South America. One of the airport's architects for the terminal and its facilities was engineer Raul Pires Ferreira Chaves who was Public Works for Cape Verde. The first flight, an arrival from Rome and Seville, was on 15 December 1939. Not longer after in 1940, the project was stopped due to Italy's involvement in World War II. In 1947, the Portuguese colonial government purchased the airport from Italian interests. In 1950, DC-4 service on Alitalia
began on a Rome — Sal — Buenos Aires — Caracas
route. In 1961 jet service (a DC-8) on the route rendered the stop at Sal unnecessary, and international service was suspended. Between 1960 and 1967 Sal was a stop of the Voo da amizade (Friendship Flight), a dedicated service between Brazil
and Portugal. It was operated from 1960 to 1965 by Panair do Brasil
Panair do Brasil
and from 1965 to 1967 by TAP-Transportes Aéreos Portugueses and Varig. Only Brazilian and Portuguese citizens or foreigners with permanent residence in Brazil or Portugal
could purchase tickets for those flights, which were extremely popular due to their low fares. At this time, Cape Verde
Cape Verde
was a Portuguese Overseas Province and therefore part of the territory of Portugal. From 1963 to 1975, the Portuguese Air Force's No 1 Transit Airfield (AT1, Aeródromo de Trânsito n.º 1) was installed in the Sal airport. The AT1 supported the military air connections between European Portugal
and the Portuguese African provinces, as well as serving as the operational base for the maritime patrol aircraft occasionally deployed in Cape Verde. In 1967, Sal was used again as a refueling stop, this time by South African Airways, for flights to and from Europe, since SAA was denied landing rights by most African countries due to the international boycott of apartheid, SAA stopped flights to the airport in 1993. Later, Cubana and Aeroflot
used Sal for refueling and passenger flights. In 1983, South African Airlines was using the airport as a refueling stop for its Boeing 747SP
Boeing 747SP
service between South Africa and Houston Intercontinental Airport in the U.S.[3]. In 1985, TACV
began service to Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts
using a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 provided by LAM Mozambique Airlines. Boston hosts the largest Cape Verdean community in the United States. TACV
flights to Boston have since been shifted to Praia International Airport. Other international destinations include inter alia Amsterdam, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris and Porto. Domestic destinations include Santiago and São Vicente.[4] Until September 2005, it was the only airport in Cape Verde
Cape Verde
to serve international flights. South African Airways
South African Airways
served New York and Atlanta via the island. SAA's final flight to Atlanta was on July 1, 2006. French President at the time Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
visited the airport as his technical stop, on his way to Brazil
on 6 September and back to France on 8 September 2009. In 2011, the airport served 576,323 passengers.[5] With its modernization, the airport was put into the first category of the United States Department of Transportation. Since 2017 Sal has been a refuelling stop for the twice-weekly South Atlantic Air Bridge service operated by Air Tanker between the UK and the Falkland Islands. This is a temporary arrangement until the runway at Ascension Island is repaired which is expected to be in 2020[6]. Facilities and transport[edit] Terminal[edit] Amílcar Cabral
Amílcar Cabral
has one terminal. It is a two-story building containing check-in, waiting, and arrival areas, as well as shopping, banking, and passenger services. The second floor houses airport operations and airline offices. There are four gates, and buses (Cobus 3000s) are used to transport passengers to the aircraft stands. The head office of Halcyonair
is located in the first floor of the Concourse Hall.[7] In addition Cabo Verde Express
Cabo Verde Express
has its head office in the Concourse Hall.[8] The duty-free shop is located after passport control but before security scanning, which only takes place as you enter the boarding lounge, which is shared for all four departure gates. Runways[edit] The airport's main runway is 3,272 m (10,734 ft) long and is the longest in Cape Verde. It is used for long-haul flights. It was also one of the designated emergency landing strips for the U.S. Space Shuttle.[9] The second runway is 1,500 m (4,921 ft) long and was used by small planes. It is now closed for traffic. Airlines and destinations[edit]

Inside the terminal at Sal Airport.

An225 Mriya, the world's largest aircraft, visiting Sal Airport.

TACV Cabo Verde Airlines
TACV Cabo Verde Airlines
ATR 42
ATR 42
at Sal Airport.

Airlines Destinations

Air Italy Seasonal: Bergamo (ends 5 May 2018)[10]

ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Paris-Charles de Gaulle[11]

Binter Canarias Gran Canaria

Binter CV Boa Vista, Praia, São Vicente

Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: Bergamo (begins 16 May 2018)[12]

Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels

Enter Air Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin

Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg

Neos Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Verona

Novair Seasonal charter: Copenhagen (begins 24 October 2018),[13] Helsinki,[14] Stockholm-Arlanda[15]

Royal Air Maroc Casablanca

Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Paris-Charles de Gaulle[11]

Small Planet Airlines
Small Planet Airlines
Poland Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin

Smartlynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Paris-Charles de Gaulle[11]

TACV Boston, Fortaleza, Lisbon, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle,[11] Recife, Salvador da Bahia (begins 18 June 2018)[16]

TAP Air Portugal Lisbon Seasonal: Porto

Thomas Cook Airlines Manchester Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick

Thomas Cook Airlines
Thomas Cook Airlines
Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Stockholm-Arlanda, Gothenburg, Copenhagen

Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam

Travel Service Seasonal charter: Prague

Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin

Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava

TUI Airways Birmingham, Bristol, London-Gatwick, Manchester[17]

TUI fly Belgium Brussels Seasonal charter: Lyon, Lille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle[11]

TUI fly Deutschland Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart Seasonal: Hamburg

TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam

TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Luleå, Norrköping, Örebro Stockholm-Arlanda, Växjö

Access[edit] The airport is located on the west side of the road (EN1-SL01) linking Espargos
and the island's port Palmeira and Santa Maria, the island's main tourist destination. There is no scheduled public transport; taxis, shared cars known as "aluguer", and rental cars are available. See also[edit]

List of buildings and structures in Sal, Cape Verde


^ Cabo Verde: Aumento de passageiros revela retoma do turismo. jornaldigital.com, retrieved 19 July 2015 ^ Airport Information on World Aero Data ^ July 1, 1983 Worldwide Official Airline Guide (OAG) Houston (IAH) flight schedules, departedflights.com, retrieved 2 October 2015 ^ TACV Cabo Verde Airlines
TACV Cabo Verde Airlines
International routes, airlineroutemaps.com, retrieved 2 October 2015 ^ Cabo Verde: Aumento de passageiros revela retoma do turismo. jornaldigital.com, retrieved 19 July 2015 ^ [1] Mercopress - South Atlantic Press Agency retrieved 18 January 2018 ^ "Contacts." Halcyonair. Retrieved on 14 December 2011. ^ "Contact Us." Cabo Verde
Cabo Verde
Express. Retrieved on 14 December 2011. ^ Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
Emergency Landing Sites ^ https://www.meridiana.it/en/flight-info/timetable ^ a b c d e "Flight Departures". parisaeroport.fr.  ^ "Timetable". blue-panorama.com.  ^ https://www.apollorejser.dk/ ^ https://www.apollomatkat.fi/ ^ https://www.apollo.se/ ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/277982/tacv-adds-salvador-da-bahia-service-from-june-2018/ ^ "Flight Timetable - TUI Airways". www.tui.co.uk. 

External links[edit] Media related to Amílcar Cabral
Amílcar Cabral
International Airport at Wikimedia Commons

Airport information for GVAC at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF. Airport information for GVAC at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006). Airport information for GVAC at Fallingrain.com Current weather for GVAC at NOAA/NWS Accident history for SID at Aviation Safety Network Finelli, Marco (November 2004) "Sal: Island Gateway in the Atlantic Ocean", Airliner World, pp. 64–66. TACV
Timetable for Sal

Cape Verde
Cape Verde
portal Aviation portal

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