Praia airport, in Cape Verde, to have new passenger terminal

26 June 2013

The Cape Verdean government and the African Development Bank (ADB) are due Tuesday to sign a funding contract worth 32 million euros to be used to build a passenger terminal at Nelson Mandela International Airport, in Praia, the Cape Verdean press reported.

The tender for the contract is due to be launched this year so that work may start at the beginning of 2014.

According to the Cape Verdean press negotiations between the government and the ADB had been underway since the end of 2011 when the Cape Verdean government hired Tunisian company Studi Internacional to draft the design for the airport’s expansion and modernisation.

The contract, which is worth 60 million Cape Verdean escudos, stipulated that the design drawn up by the Tunisian company should include construction of a new passenger terminal, extension of the cargo terminal and the airport apron as well as demolition of old and construction of new facilities for fire-fighters.

Praia airport opened on 23 October 2005 and has a 2,100 metre runway, which makes it possible to receive medium-sized aircraft such as the Airbus 310-300 and Boeing 737 and 757, as well as the ATR-500s that make up the fleet that airline Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde (TACV) uses to fly between Cape Verde’s island and to West Africa.

Nelson Mandela Airport is the main airport for commercial flights to and from Cape Verde and offers flights to a number of destinations including Las Palmas (Canary Islands/Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Paris (France), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Fortaleza (Brazil), Boston (United States), Luanda (Angola), and is also the base for TACV. (macauhub)