In addition to becoming a maintenance and training center, 4 de Fevereiro International Airport will also host special and executive flights, as well as non-commercial air transport activities.
But what is the history of this infrastructure, which has served the country for approximately 70 years? It all started in 1951, the year in which the airport infrastructure began to be built. The works were completed in 1954, and in that same year the then president of Portugal, General Craveiro Lopes, inaugurated it and named it with his first name.
However, the 'winds' of independence brought a new name to the airport. More than two decades later, in 1976, the name of the infrastructure changed to what it was currently known as, 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, as part of the celebrations of February 4, 1961, the day that marked the beginning of the struggle armed forces and national liberation, writes Angop.
According to Angop, the act of 'baptism' of the infrastructure occurred with a visit from the country's first President, António Agostinho Neto.
Among other aspects, it is also worth highlighting that this airport was subject to requalification and expansion works, following the end of the civil war in the country, in 2002.
The 4 de Fevereiro International Airport was, until this year, the main entry and exit to the country, however the portfolio now passes to the New Luanda António Agostinho Neto International Airport, whose inauguration took place this Friday.