Praia International Airport is a public airport located near Praia City on Santiago Island, in the island nation of Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa. It is the capital and the largest city of the country lying on the southern coast of the Santiago Island. Praia City is a cosmopolitan home to one of the four international airports in Cape Verde, the Praia International Airport, situated 230 feet above mean sea level at a distance of about 3 kilometers to the north-east of the city centre.
This airport has newly opened in the late 2005 replacing the age-old Francisco Mendes International Airport which had served Praia for the past 44 years. Owned and operated by the Aeroportos Seguranca Aerea (ASA), which is a national enterprise of airports and air safety in Cape Verde, this international airport is having a 6,876 feet long asphalt surfaced runway catering to a variety of flight movements. There is a single passenger terminal serving this airport, functional with the requisite infrastructure as per international aviation norms.
The passenger convenience facilities at this airport include a bank, currency exchange counters, a bar, restaurant, duty free shops and a comfortable waiting lounge. Car rental services and private metered taxis are also available outside the main airport terminal building for passengers wanting to get downtown. Most high-end hotels in and around Praia and the Santiago Island are also providing complimentary shuttle services at the Praia International Airport to and from the respective hotel destinations for guests seeking alternative and comfortable accommodation options.