The Amilcar Cabral International Airport, also known as the Sal International Airport is the primary international airport located on Sal Island in the island nation of Cape Verde off the western coast of Africa. At a distance of 2 kilometers to the west south-west of Espargos on Sal Island, this airport was first built by the Italians in the year 1939. Situated at an elevation of 177 feet above mean sea level, the Amilcar Cabral International Airport also happens to serve as one of the designated emergency landing strips for the U.S. Space Shuttle program.
This public airport which is having a couple of runways annually catering to over 16,000 flights is operated by the Aeroportos Seguranca Aerea (ASA), which is a national enterprise of airports and air safety in Cape Verde. The larger runway at this airport is measuring 10,734 feet and the shorter 4,921 feet which is mostly used by the smaller aircrafts. There is a single passenger terminal with 5 aircraft stands at this airport which is a double-storey structure having 4 gates opening onto the tarmac. With the help of services from 9 check-in desks and a single baggage claim belt this airport on an average is handling over 800,000 passengers each year. Apart from the requisite infrastructure as per norms, other passenger convenience facilities include a post office, a bank, currency exchange machine, bars, cafeterias, restaurants and a VIP lounge.
There is a duty free shop, newsagent/tobacconist and gift shops for last minute purchases along with a travel agency and a tourist help desk. Car rental facilities are available here alongside private metered taxis enabling passengers travel downtown. Some hotels on the Sal Island are also providing hotel shuttle services to and from the Amilcar Cabral International Airport for guests seeking comfortable accommodation options.