Eduardo Gomes International Airport

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Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes–Manaus International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes–Manaus
Manaus Aero.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Infraero
Serves Manaus
Elevation AMSL 80 m / 264 ft
Coordinates 03°02′28″S 060°03′02″W / 3.04111°S 60.05056°W / -3.04111; -60.05056Coordinates: 03°02′28″S 060°03′02″W / 3.04111°S 60.05056°W / -3.04111; -60.05056
Website Infraero MAO
MAO is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,700 8,858 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 3,126,179
Aircraft Operations 57,575
Metric tonnes of cargo 156,043
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes–Manaus International Airport (IATA: MAOICAO: SBEG) is the main airport serving Manaus, Brazil. It is named after the Brazilian politician and military figure Air Marshall Eduardo Gomes (1896–1981).

In 2012 the airport was ranked 3rd in terms of cargo handled in Brazil, placing it amongst the busiest airports in the country.[4] It is operated by Infraero.


Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes International Airport replaced Ponta Pelada Airport as the main public airport of Manaus in 1976. Ponta Pelada was then given the name Manaus Air Force Base and began handling exclusively military operations.[5]

The construction of the airport began in 1972 and its was officially inaugurated on 31 March 1976. It was then the most modern airport in Brazil and the first one to operate with jet bridges. Though originally planned to be named Supersonic Airport of Manaus, it had its official name changed to Eduardo Gomes by the law 5.967 of December 11, 1973.[6]

The airport has two passenger terminal buildings. Passenger Terminal 1 receives domestic and international flights and Passenger Terminal 2, informally as "Eduardinho" (Little Eduardo), opened on 12 March 1985, receives general aviation. Furthermore, the airport has three cargo terminals, opened in 1976, 1980 and 2004. They have a total area of 49,000 m² and can process up to 12,000 t/month of cargo. Cargo Terminals 1 and 2 handle goods for export and Cargo Terminal 3 for import.[7]

The Brazilian Integrated Air Traffic Control and Air Defense Center section 4 (Cindacta IV) is located in the vicinity of the airport.[8]

Future developments[edit]

On 31 August 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL793.5 million (USD316.1 million; EUR292.2 million) investiment plan to up-grade Eduardo Gomes International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Brazil, Manaus being one of the venue cities. The investiment will invested as follows:[9]

  • Enlargement of apron and existing runway. Construction of second runway. Value BRL600.0. Completion: July 2013
  • Enlargement and renovation of the passenger terminal. Value BRL193.5. Completion: December 2013

Terminals, airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
American Airlines Miami 1
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belém-Val de Cans, Campinas-Viracopos, Cuiabá, Fortaleza, Porto Velho, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Salvador da Bahia 1
Azul Brazilian Airlines operated by TRIP Linhas Aéreas Altamira, Barcelos, Belém-Val de Cans, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Boa Vista, Coari, Cuiabá, Eirunepé, Fonte Boa, Humaitá, Itaituba, Lábrea, Parintins, Porto de Trombetas, Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Salvador da Bahia, Santa Isabel do Rio Negro, Santarém, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, São Paulo-Guarulhos, São Paulo de Olivença, Tabatinga, Tefé 1
Conviasaa Porlamar 1
Copa Airlines Panama City 1
Gol Transportes Aéreos Belém-Val de Cans, Boa Vista, Brasília, Cruzeiro do Sul, Campo Grande, Cuiabá, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Porto Alegre, Porto Velho, Recife, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Salvador da Bahia, Santarém, São Luís, São Paulo-Guarulhos 1
MAP Linhas Aéreas Lábrea, Parintins 2
TAM Linhas Aéreas Aracaju, Belém-Val de Cans, Boa Vista, Brasília, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Fortaleza, Miami, Porto Alegre, Porto Velho, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Salvador da Bahia, Santarém, São Luis, São Paulo-Guarulhos 1
TAP Portugal Lisbon (begins 3 June 2014)[10] 1
Total Linhas Aéreasa Carauari, Coari, Porto Urucu 2

a.^ Airlines operating regular charter flights.


Terminal 1
Airlines Destinations
ABSA Cargo Airline Campinas-Viracopos, Fortaleza, Guayaquil, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Cargolux Luxembourg
LANCO Campinas-Viracopos, Miami
Master Top Airlines Campinas-Viracopos, Miami, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Accidents and incidents[edit]



  • 21 April 1983: three Libyan Air Force Il-76TDs landed at Manaus after one of the Il-76s developed some technical problems while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft were then searched by the Brazilian authorities: instead of medical supplies – as quoted in the transport documentation – the crate of the first of 17 Aero L-39 Albatros light training and attack aircraft bound for Nicaragua together with arms and parachutes, to support the country's war against US-backed Contras were found. The cargo was impounded, while the transports were permitted to return to Libya.[13]
  • 6 March 1991: a TABA Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante flying to Manaus was hijacked near São Gabriel da Cachoeira by 3 persons.[14]
  • 15 December 1994: a TABA Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante en route from Carauari and Tefé to Manaus was hijacked by two Colombian citizens. The passengers were released in the proximity of Tabatinga and the aircraft was flown to Colombia. The crew was released at the Brazilian Embassy in Bogotá.[15]


The airport is located 14 km (9 mi) north of downtown Manaus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Movimento operacional da rede Infraero de janeiro a dezembro de 2012" (in Portuguese). Infraero. January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero. 
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 
  4. ^ "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Base Aérea de Manaus e 1°/9° GAv completam 39 anos de apoio à Amazônia" (in Portuguese). Força Aérea Brasileira. April 14, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Histórico" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Aeroporto Internacional Eduardo Gomes-Manaus" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cindacta IV" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Air Force: Departamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo DECEA. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (August 31, 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4. 
  10. ^ "Manaus e Belém ganham voo da TAP para Lisboa" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Accident description PT-WRO". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Accident description N600XL and PR-GTD". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  13. ^ Cooper, Tom (1 September 2003). "Central and Latin America Database: Nicaragua 1980–1988". Air Combat Information Group. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Incident description 6 March 1991". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Incident description 15 December 1994". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 

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