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Amílcar Cabral International Airport | Cabo Verde

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Amílcar Cabral International Airport

Amílcar Cabral International Airport (IATA code: ASA) is also known as Sal International Airport. It is the main international airport of Cabo Verde, on Sal Island, in Cape Verde.

Did you know? ASA was used by NASA as a facility to handle the Space Shuttle after reentering from orbit.

ASA currently serves as a base for carrier Cabo Verde Express, the national flag carrier of Cape Verde.

Airport terminal


Facilities at Amílcar Cabral International Airport include the following:

Please note that this airport doesn't have any lounges.

There are two duty-free shops, as well as retail kiosks. Pick up a Cape Verde souvenir!

There are two restaurants available, where you can purchase snacks and light meals. In the international departure terminal, there is also a bar.

Free WiFi is available throughout the terminal building.

Smoking areas are located after security scanning and passport control.

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Airport runway

Terminals & Runways


Amílcar Cabral airport has one terminal building. It is two-story, with check-in counters, waiting areas, and arrival areas on the first ground floor. The second floor houses airport operations and airline offices. There are four gates.


The airport has a main runway, measuring 3,272 m (10,734 ft) long, making it the longest in Cape Verde. It is used for international long-haul flights. There is also a second second runway, measuring 1,500 m (4,921 ft) long, which is used by smaller small planes. The second runways is currently closed to traffic, as of 2019.

Fly to Amílcar Cabral International Airport from:

Amsterdam, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Birmingham, Bologna, Boa Vista, Bratislava, Bristol, Brussels, Casablanca, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dakar–Diass, Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Fortaleza, Geneva, Gothenburg, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Hannover, Helsinki, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Luanda, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Munich, Nantes, Oslo–Gardermoen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Porto, Porto Alegre, Prague, Recife, Rome–Fiumicino, Salvador da Bahia, São Filipe, São Nicolau, São Tomé, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Vienna, Verona, Warsaw-Chopin, Washington–Dulles

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How To Get To Amílcar Cabral International Airport

The airport is located on the west side of the road (EN1-SL01), which links Espargos and Santa Maria, which is the island's top tourist area. Please note that there is no scheduled public transport from the airport. Travellers will likely have to catch a taxicab, or shared car known as an 'aluguer', to reach their destination. Rental cars are also available from the airport, a convenient option if you plan on exploring the island.

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