Details of Airports in Cape Verde
Cape Verde is an archipelago and there are therefore many more internal flights than would be expected for a continental country the same size. Partly for this reason the country is served by four major international airports. These are Praia International, near Praia on Santiago Island, Boa Vista Aristides Pereira, formerly known as Rabil Airport, located 3 miles (5km) outside of Boa Vista Island’s capital, Sai Rei, Cesaria Evora on Sao Vicente, near Cape Verde’s capital of Mindelo, and Amilcar Cabral International on Sal Island.
Aristides Pereira has an ATM in the public area and it is advisable to draw the local currency, the Escudo (shortened to CVE) here before purchases or hires. While there is no public transport as such it is possible to travel from the airport into Sai Rei in a shared occupancy aluguer, or minibus. The journey time is around 20 minutes. Fares should be around CVE400 (US$5). Many vendors and aluguer drivers accept Euros, but at a poor rate of exchange. Payphones are available in the terminal building and there are eateries in Departures. Some duty free shopping is available but shopping is very limited. Disabled access is good, with special facilities available. But there is no left luggage service available.
Amilcar Cabral, Cape Verde’s main airport, has one terminal offering shopping, banking and passenger services as well as check-in, waiting and arrival areas. Taxis and rental cars as well as aluguers are available. Praia International, near the capital, is a smaller port, and it’s adviseable to find your own taxi and hang on to your own bags; many of the porters are in cahoots with taxi drivers and will conspire to lighten your wallet!
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