Afonso Pena International Airport
|Afonso Pena International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Afonso Pena
|The airport and the Japanese Government aircraft (B747-400) during the visit of the Emperor Akihito in 1997.|
|IATA: CWB – ICAO: SBCT|
|Location||São José dos Pinhais, Brazil|
|Elevation AMSL||911 m / 2,988 ft|
|Metric tonnes of cargo||44,441|
Sources: Airport Website, ANAC
Afonso Pena International Airport (IATA: CWB, ICAO: SBCT) is the main airport serving Curitiba, Brazil, located in the adjoining municipality of São José dos Pinhais. It is named after Afonso Augusto Moreira Pena (1847–1909), the 6th President of Brazil.
In 2012 the airport was ranked 10th in terms of transported passengers and 7th in terms of cargo handled in Brazil, placing it amongst the busiest airports in the country. It is operated by Infraero.
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As it was the case with many important Brazilian airports located in strategic points along the coast, Afonso Pena, was built by the Brazilian Air Force Ministry in partnership with the United States Army during the Second World War. However since its construction was completed only in 1945, short before the end of the war, Afonso Pena never saw heavy military movement. In 1946 most of its movement comprised civil operations.
The original passenger terminal was in use until 1959 when a brand new terminal was built. This second terminal is today used for cargo operations. In 1996, the present passenger terminal was built.
The main problem of the airport are the unstable weather conditions of the region, particularly fog and smog in the morning hours of winter and the fact that the auxiliary runway 11/29 is too small and plagued with old equipment. There are also plans to upgrade runway 15/33 from an ILS CAT II runway to ILS CAT III.
Since the bottleneck for the airport is the cargo capacity, the main runway was lengthened in 2008 to allow cargo flights to operate with greater loads and the cargo terminal was upgraded.
The terminal is 45,000 m², has 6 jetways, and is capable of handling 3.5 million passengers annually. There are 800 parking places. The airport complex includes a small museum, a playcenter and a mall with 60 stores inside the main terminal.
Airlines and destinations
|Florida West International Airways||Miami|
|Lufthansa Cargo||Dakar, Frankfurt|
|Total Linhas Aéreas||Florianópolis, São Paulo-Guarulhos|
Accidents and incidents
- 16 June 1958: a Cruzeiro do Sul Convair 440-59, registration PP-CEP, flying from Florianópolis to Curitiba, was on final approach procedures to land at Curitiba in bad weather when it was caught in windshear. The aircraft descended and struck the ground. Of the 27 passengers and crew aboard, 24 died.
- 3 November 1967: a Sadia Handley Page Dart Herald 214, registration PP-SDJ, flying from São Paulo-Congonhas to Curitiba, collided with a hill during approach to land at Curitiba. All 5 crew members and 21 passengers died. 4 passengers survived.
- 26 December 2002: a Brazilian Air Force Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante, registration FAB-2292, en route from São Paulo-Campo de Marte to Florianópolis Air Force Base, crashed while trying to carry out an emergency landing at Curitiba-Afonso Pena. Reportedly, both engines had shut down. The airplane had taken off with insufficient fuel on board to complete the flight to Florianópolis. Of the 16 people on board, 1 crew member and 2 passengers died.
- 18 August 2000: a VASP Boeing 737-2A1, registration PP-SMG, en route from Foz do Iguaçu to Curitiba-Afonso Pena, was hijacked by 5 persons demanding the R$500,000,000 (equivalent to $3,727,778 in 2013) that the aircraft was transporting. The pilot was forced to land at Porecatu, where the hijackers fled with the money. There were no injuries.
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The airport is located 18 km (11 mi) southeast of downtown Curitiba.
On 31 August 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL30 million (USD16 million; EUR11 million) investiment plan to upgrade Afonso Pena International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Brazil, Curitiba being one of the venue cities. The investment will include the enlargement of the apron and implementation of taxiways with completion scheduled for March 2011 and delayed several times as it is usual for Infraero.
- "Movimento operacional da rede Infraero de janeiro a dezembro de 2012" (in Portuguese). Infraero. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero.
- "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC.
- "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "Programa de Aceleramento do Crescimento (PAC) em Aeroportos" (in Portuguese). Aviação Brasil. Retrieved 29 October 2007.
- "Aerolineas Argentinas to Start Curitiba Service from March 2014". Airline Route. 27 September 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013.
- "Accident description PP-CEP". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
- Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Tesoura de vento". O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928-1996 (in Portuguese) (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 165–168. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
- "Accident description PP-SDJ". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
- Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Serra da Graciosa". O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928-1996 (in Portuguese) (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 256–261. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
- "Accident description FAB-2292". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
- "Incident description PP-SMG". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
- Maschio, José (21 August 2000). "PF liga sequestro de avião da VASP à rebelião em penitenciária em Roraima" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
- Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (31 August 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Aeroporto Internacional Afonso Pena.|
- Airport information for SBCT at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for SBCT at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for SBCT at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for CWB at Aviation Safety Network
- Curitiba-Afonso Pena International Airport Photo Archive at airliners.net