Quatro de Fevereiro
Aeroporto Internacional 4 de Fevereiro
|Airport type||Military / Public|
|Elevation AMSL||243 ft / 74 m|
Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (Portuguese: Aeroporto Internacional 4 de Fevereiro), (IATA: LAD, ICAO: FNLU) is the main international airport of Angola. It is located in the southern part of the capital Luanda, situated in the Luanda Province. Quatro de Fevereiro means 4 February, which is an important national holiday in Angola, marking the start of the armed struggle against the Portuguese colonial regime on 4 February 1961. In 2009, about 1.8 million passengers were counted.
The construction of the airport began in 1951, in order to serve the capital of the former-Portuguese Overseas Province of Angola. It was inaugurated in 1954, by the Portuguese President Craveiro Lopes, which in his honor, the airport was named Aeroporto Presidente Craveiro Lopes (President Craveiro Lopes Airport).
In August, September, and October 1975 the airport hosted tens of thousands of mostly white Portuguese Angolans fleeing to Lisbon (during Operation Air Bridge) who camped-out while awaiting evacuation flights.
Following Angola's independence from Portugal (in November 1975), the airport was renamed Aeroporto Quatro de Fevereiro Internacional (Fourth of February International Airport) to commemorate the events leading to the independence of the state.
The airport resides at an elevation of 243 feet (74 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 05/23 is 3,716 by 45 metres (12,192 ft × 148 ft) and 07/25 is 2,600 by 60 metres (8,530 ft × 197 ft). Starting no earlier than 2020, the airport will be replaced by the new Angola International Airport. Construction work has already started, but its opening was postponed due to financial difficulties on the part of the Angolan government.
|Air France||Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
|Air Namibia||Windhoek-Hosea Kutako|
|Brussels Airlines||Brussels, Kinshasa|
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa|
|Kenya Airways||Brazzaville, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta|
|Qatar Airways||Doha (begins 29 March 2020)|
|Royal Air Maroc||Casablanca, Libreville|
|SonAir||Cabinda, Catumbela, Lubango, Soyo|
|TAAG Angola Airlines||Brazzaville, Cape Town, Catumbela, Dundo,Harare, Havana,Huambo, Johannesburg-O. R. Tambo, Kinshasa, Kuito, Lagos,Lisbon, Lubango, Luena, Lusaka, Maputo, Menongue, Moçâmedes, Ondjiva, Porto, Sal,São Paulo-Guarulhos, São Tomé,Saurimo, Soyo, Windhoek-Hosea Kutako|
|TAP Air Portugal||Lisbon|
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|Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Statistics|
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