Amílcar Cabral (Sal) International Airport

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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.


The airport is located two km west-southwest from Espargos, on Sal Island.


Facilities Include:

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

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

WiFi: Free WiFi is available throughout the terminal building.

Other: Smoking areas are located after security scanning and passport control.

Lounges Include:

No lounges are currently available


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.


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.

Airlines that fly to Amílcar Cabral International Airport

Airline Destinations
Air Senegal Dakar–Diass
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria
Binter CV Boa Vista, Praia, São Nicolau, São Vicente
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: Bergamo
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Cabo Verde Airlines Dakar–Diass, Fortaleza, Lagos (begins 9 December 2019), Lisbon, Luanda (begins 9 December 2019), Milan–Malpensa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Porto Alegre (begins 11 December 2019), Recife, Rome–Fiumicino, Salvador da Bahia, São Filipe, Washington–Dulles (begins 8 December 2019)
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Neos Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Novair Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Smartlynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Smartwings Seasonal charter: Prague, Vienna
Smartwings Poland Seasonal charter: Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin
Smartwings Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda, São Tomé
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Seasonal: Porto
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
TUI Airways Birmingham, Bristol, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
Seasonal charter: Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
TUI fly Deutschland Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Hamburg
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam
Seasonal: Eindhoven
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen

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 theat there is no scheduled public transport from the airport. Travlers will likely have to catch a taxicab, or shared car known as 'aluguer', to reach their destination. Retal cars are also available from the airport, a convenient option if you plan on exploring the island.

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