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Osvaldo Vieira International Airport
Osvaldo Vieira International Airport
(IATA: OXB, ICAO: GGOV) is the only international airport in Guinea-Bissau, located in the capital city Bissau.

Contents

1 History 2 Facilities 3 Airlines and destinations 4 See also 5 External links 6 References

History[edit] Previously known as Bissalanca, during the Guinea- Bissau
Bissau
War of Independence 1963–1974 it was used as a base by the Portuguese Air Force. The airport had to be closed on June 7, 1998 due to intense fighting in and around Bissau. It was officially reopened in July 1999 when a TAP Portugal
TAP Portugal
plane carrying Prime Minister Francisco Fadul, along with numerous other dignitaries from both Portugal
Portugal
and Guinea-Bissau, landed at Osvaldo Vieira.[1] On December 10, 2013, TAP Portugal
TAP Portugal
suspended operations to Osvaldo Vieira International Airport after local police forces threatened the crew of Flight TP202 bound for Lisbon and forced the crew to board 74 Syrian refugees who had arrived in Bissau
Bissau
via Morocco
Morocco
and Turkey, and who were holding forged Turkish passports.[2] After TAP Portugal suspended flights to Bissau
Bissau
in late 2013, the airport remained without flights to Lisbon until late October 2014, when euroAtlantic Airways announced a weekly flight between Bissau
Bissau
and Lisbon.[3] However, TAP announced in August 2016 it would resume flights to Bissau
Bissau
by the end of the year. Facilities[edit] Osvaldo Vieira International Airport
Osvaldo Vieira International Airport
has one runway, heading 03/21, with a length of 3,200 metres (10,500 feet). The altitude of this runway is 39 m (128 ft). This runway is also one of the three in Guinea- Bissau
Bissau
that are paved. Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations

ASKY Airlines Dakar–Diass, Lomé[4]

euroAtlantic Airways Lisbon

Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Praia

TAP Portugal Lisbon[5]

Transair Dakar–Diass

Airlines that have served the airport in the past include Air Afrique, Air France, Aeroflot, Cubana, Air Sénégal, Air Sénégal International, Air Bissau, Gambia Bird, TAAG, Halcyonair
Halcyonair
and Mauritania Airlines International.[citation needed] See also[edit]

List of airports in Guinea-Bissau

External links[edit]

Airport information for GGOV at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.

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Airports in Guinea-Bissau

Osvaldo Vieira International Bafatá Bubaque Cufar Gabú Quebo

References[edit]

^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 7, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2015.  ^ Oliveira, Mariana; Henriques, Ana; Ribeiro, Nuno (2013-12-12). "SEF despista eventuais radicais entre sírios que entraram em Portugal
Portugal
com passaportes falsos" [Portugal's Foreigner and Frontier Service tracks eventual radicals among Syrians who entered the country with false passports]. Público (in Portuguese). Lisbon. Retrieved 2016-04-16.  ^ "Portugal's euroAtlantic secures Guinea- Bissau
Bissau
contract". CH Aviation. Chur, Switzerland. 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2016-04-16.  ^ September, 2014 Timetable, http://www.flyasky.com/asky/horaires/oxb ^ http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/2016/08/23/tap-air-portugal-resumes-flights-to-gu

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