Cape Verde - Praia Airport Expansion and Modernisation Project (PEMAP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 May 2013
Signature Date 25 Jun 2013
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2020
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21050
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 22,742,400.71
Status Completion

Project General Description

The project to expand and modernise the Praia Airport (PEMAP), whose initial construction was cofinanced by ADB, has been designed based on a feasibility study completed in February 2013 and funded by the Bank and the Government. This study highlight the operational constraints resulting from the limited capacity of current facilities and their repercussions in terms of protracted processing of passenger and freight traffic, and deterioration of the quality of services provided at the airport, and conclude that there is need for the investments envisaged. This project will address the air transport demand, especially those needs relating to economic activity and tourism. It is an investment project that entails infrastructure construction and the procurement of airport equipment. To address the projected traffic increase and ensure efficient management of passenger flows at peak periods, the following improvements are envisaged: (i) expansion of the passenger terminal; (ii) expansion of the aircraft parking area and various networks; and (iii) renovation of the freight terminal. The project will be executed from May 2013 to December 2016, at an estimated total cost of EUR 32.794 million, net of taxes and customs duties (NTCD). The project is expected to contribute to the development of Cape Verde’s air transport infrastructure. It will also generate additional economic activity and boost tourism to create jobs and fuel GDP increase.

Project Objectives

The sector objective of the project is to develop Cape Verde’s air transport infrastructure and increase the share of tourism in GDP. Specifically, the project seeks to expand and improve the intake capacity of the air terminal and the aircraft parking area, to reach a target of 1 million passengers per year by 2020 and 2.2 million by 2035.


The direct beneficiaries are the populations of the project area, namely: the village of Sao Tome, the village of Achada Grande and the city of Praia which hosts 131,000 inhabitants is 48% of the population of the island of Santiago and 28% of the total population of the country. In addition, the socio-economic benefits of the international airport extension project cover the national territory of Cape Verde because of the increase in the number of passengers which is likely to generate additional economic activity (development of the tourism, creation and reinforcement of economic activities with consequent creation of employment and increase of GDP).

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Cape Verde


IATI identifier 46002-P-CV-DA0-003
Last Update 27 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Mohamed El Abass WADE

Geographic Location

Country Cape Verde
Coordinates Location Name
14.942 -23.4845 Praia International Airport