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Cesária Évora Airport

Cesária Évora Airport (Portuguese Aeroporto Internacional Cesária Évora) (IATA: VXE, ICAO: GVSV) is Cape Verde's fourth-busiest airport (after Sal, Praia, and Boa Vista), located on the island of São Vicente, 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).

Cesária Évora Airport

Aeroporto Internacional Cesária Évora
Airport typePublic
OperatorAeroportos Segurança Aérea (ASA)
LocationSão Vicente, Cape Verde
Hub forTACV Cabo Verde Airlines
Elevation AMSL20 m / 66 ft
Coordinates16°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
VXE is located in Cape Verde
Location in Cape Verde
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 1,975 6,480 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Metric tonnes of cargo377[1]
Binter Cabo Verde ATR 72-500 taxiing at the airport.


The airport was constructed in 1959-1960. It was expanded to be able to host international flights between 2005 and 2009. The airport was officially renamed after the highly acclaimed singer Cesária Évora in 2012.[2] 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.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


In 2017, the annual passenger number was 266,221, of which 82,892 on international flights. There were 5,146 air operations, of which 780 international. 377 tonnes (371 long tons; 416 short tons) of cargo were transported, of which 227 international.[1]


Year Passengers
2012 210,095
2013 218,416
2016[1] 219,422
2017[1] 266,221

Busiest international routesEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Boletim Estatístico de Tráfego – Ano 2017" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ASA. January 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ Inventário dos recursos turísticos do município de S. Vicente, Direcção Geral do Turismo, p. 63
  3. ^ "Article at A Semana" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2016-08-08. Retrieved 2016-12-06.

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