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Praia International Airport
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Airport type Public
Operator Aeroportos Segurança Aérea (ASA)
Location Praia, Cape Verde
Focus city for Cabo Verde Airlines
Elevation AMSL 70 m / 230 ft
Coordinates 14°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
Website RAI 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)
Passengers 662,356
Operations 11,236
Metric tonnes of cargo 959

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

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.

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.

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