Salgado Filho International Airport
|Salgado Filho International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Salgado Filho
|IATA: POA – ICAO: SBPA
– WMO: 83971
|Elevation AMSL||3 m / 11 ft|
|Metric tonnes of cargo||22,394|
Sources: Airport Website, ANAC
Salgado Filho International Airport (IATA: POA, ICAO: SBPA) is the airport serving Porto Alegre, Brazil. It is named after the Senator and first Minister of the Brazilian Air Force Joaquim Pedro Salgado Filho (1888–1950), killed on June 20, 1950 in an accident with an aircraft which departed from Porto Alegre.
Salgado Filho was originally called São João Airport, after the neighborhood where it is located. In the beginning it was an air club, where the first flights landed on May 31, 1923.
In 1932, needing a facility to use its aircraft with landing-gear which were replacing its seaplanes, Varig started using São João Airport as its operational base. However, it was only in 1940 that the first passenger terminal was inaugurated.
On October 12, 1951, São João Airport was renamed Salgado Filho Airport, after the Senator and Minister who died the year before on a crash involving a SAVAG aircraft that departed from Porto Alegre.
In 1953 the old terminal was incorporated into the maintenance facilities of Varig and a new passenger terminal was opened. This new terminal is presently known as Passenger Terminal 2. It underwent major renovations and enlargements between 1969 and 1971 but unable to cope with the increasing traffic, another brand new facility was built. It was named Passenger Terminal 1 and inaugurated on September 11, 2001. Terminal 2 became underused by general aviation and cargo services.
However, in order to cope with the increasing passenger traffic at the airport, on September 8, 2010 a decision was made to renovate Terminal 2 and bring it back into passenger use. It became operational on December 4, 2010.
The total area of the Salgado Filho Airport is about 3,805,810.04 m² with 142,750 m² of ramp area. Terminal 1 has 37,600 m² and 16 gates with jetways. Terminal 2 has 15,540 m². In front of terminal 1 there is a carpark with 1,440 places. Terminal 1 is the first facility in Latin America with a shopping mall.
One of the two TAP Maintenance & Engineering centers in Brazil is located at Salgado Filho International Airport.
Terminals, airlines and destinations 
|Aerolíneas Argentinas operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas||Buenos Aires-Aeroparque||1|
|American Airlines||Miami [begins December 19, 2013]||1|
|Avianca Brazil||Brasília, Campo Grande, Cuiabá, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Florianópolis, Porto Velho, São Paulo-Guarulhos||1|
|Azul Brazilian Airlines||Belo Horizonte-Confins, Campinas-Viracopos, Navegantes, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont||2|
|Azul Brazilian Airlines operated by TRIP Linhas Aéreas||Belo Horizonte-Confins, Campo Grande, Criciúma, Cuiabá, Foz do Iguaçu, Londrina, Maringá, Pelotas, São Paulo-Guarulhos||2|
|BQB Líneas Aéreas||Montevideo||1|
|Brava Linhas Aéreas||Caçador, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Erechim, Joaçaba, Passo Fundo, Pelotas, Rio Grande, Santa Maria, Santa Rosa, Santo Ângelo, Uruguaiana||1|
|Copa Airlines||Panama City||1|
|Gol Airlines||Belo Horizonte-Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campinas-Viracopos, Campo Grande, Cuiabá, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiânia, Londrina, Manaus, Montevideo, Navegantes, Porto Velho, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Rosário, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos||1|
|TAM Airlines||Belo Horizonte-Confins, Brasília, Campinas-Viracopos, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Manaus, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos||1|
|TAM Airlines operated by Pantanal Linhas Aéreas||São Paulo-Congonhas||1|
|Florida West International Airways||Miami|
|Total Linhas Aéreas||São Paulo-Guarulhos|
Accidents and incidents 
Major accidents involving fatalities 
- February 28, 1942: a Varig Junkers Ju-52/3m registration PP-VAL crashed shortly after take-off from Porto Alegre. Six of the 21 occupants died, including 2 crew members.
- January 11, 1949: a SAVAG Lockheed Model 18-10-01 Lodestar registration PP-SAC flying from Pelotas to Porto Alegre crashed just after take-off from Pelotas killing all 8 occupants. Causes are likely to have been fuel contamination.
- August 2, 1949: a Varig Curtiss C-46AD-10-CU Commando registration PP-VBI operating a flight from São Paulo-Congonhas Airport to Porto Alegre made an emergency landing on rough terrain near the location of Jaquirana, approximately 20 minutes before landing in Porto Alegre, following fire on the cargo hold. Of the 36 passenger and crew aboard, 5 died.
- June 30, 1950: a SAVAG Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar registration PP-SAA, flying between Porto Alegre and São Borja, while flying in bad weather collided against a hill, caught fire and crashed near the location of São Francisco de Assis. All 10 occupants died, including the founder of SAVAG and pilot, Gustavo Kraemer, and Joaquim Pedro Salgado Filho, senator and first Minister of Air Force in Brazil.
- July 28, 1950: a Panair do Brasil Lockheed L-049 Constellation registration PP-PCG flying from Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont to Porto Alegre struck power lines and crashed on a hill after running out of fuel while holding in bad weather near São Leopoldo. All 50 passengers and crew died.
- October 14, 1952: an Aerovias Brasil Douglas C-47-DL registration PP-AXJ operated by Real Transportes Aéreos en route from São Paulo-Congonhas to Porto Alegre struck high ground while flying under adverse conditions over the location of São Francisco de Paula. Of the 18 passengers and crew aboard, 14 died.
- June 4, 1954: a Varig Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando registration PP-VBZ operating a cargo flight between São Paulo-Congonhas Airport and Porto Alegre crashed during take-off from São Paulo. All crew of 3 died.
- April 7, 1957: a Varig Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando registration PP-VCF operating a flight from Bagé to Porto Alegre crashed during take-off in Bagé following a fire developed in the left main gear wheel well and consequent technical difficulties. All 40 passenger and crew died.
- September 18, 1957: a Real Transportes Aéreos Convair 440-62 registration PP-AQE belonging to Transportes Aéreos Nacional, flying from Porto Alegre to Montevideo had an accident during touch down operations in Montevideo. While on a night landing procedure under fog, the aircraft undershoot the runway by 1,030m, causing the left and middle gear to hit an earth bank bordering a highway. The right wing touched the ground and further on the aircraft lost both propellers. The right wing then broke off. One crew member died.
- October 18, 1957: a Varig Douglas C-47A-80-DL registration PP-VCS operating a cargo flight from Porto Alegre crashed upon take-off. The crew of two died.
- July 1, 1963: a Varig Douglas C-47B-20-DK registration PP-VBV flying from Porto Alegre to Passo Fundo collided with trees on high ground and crashed shortly before arriving in Passo Fundo. Of the 18 passengers and crew aboard, 15 died.
- September 13, 1996: a Helisul Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante registration PT-WAV operating a cargo flight from Porto Alegre to Joinville collided with a hill and crashed during final approach to land at Joinville. The crew of two died.
- July 17, 2007: a TAM Airlines Airbus A320 registration PR-MBK operating flight 3054 from Porto Alegre to São Paulo-Congonhas overran the runway while landing at Congonhas, crossed a major thoroughfare and impacted against a TAM Express warehouse. All 186 passengers and crew perished. 199 bodies were recovered from the crash site, including passengers, crew and people that were working at the warehouse.
- May 30, 1972: a Varig Lockheed L-188 Electra registration PP-VJL operating a flight between São Paulo-Congonhas to Porto Alegre was hijacked. The hijacker demanded money. The aircraft was stormed and the hijacker shot.
The airport is located 6 km (4 mi) northeast of downtown Porto Alegre.
Terminals 1 and 2 are connected by frequent shuttle service, and the distance can be walked in approximately 20 minutes.
Terminal 1 has taxi and bus services. (People mover connection to the Porto Alegre Metro station is due to open in the second half of 2013)
Terminal 2 has only taxi services, but across the street from it there is a station of the Porto Alegre Metro, which connects the airport to downtown Porto Alegre as well as other cities in the greater metropolitan area.
Future developments 
On August 31, 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL122 million (USD64.3 million; EUR45 million) investiment plan to up-grade Salgado Filho International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Brazil, Porto Alegre being one of the venue cities. The investiment will be used in the extension of the runway with completion due in July 2012.
Construction of a people mover to directly connect the terminal 1 to the Estação Aeroporto (`Airport Station') on the Porto Alegre Metro is expected to open in the second half of 2013. The single-line will be 0.6-mile (1 km) long with a travel time of 90 seconds.
See also 
- "Movimento operacional da rede Infraero de janeiro a dezembro de 2012" (in Portuguese). Infraero. January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
- "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero.
- "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC.
- "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
- Beting, Gianfranco; Beting, Joelmir (2009). Varig: Eterna Pioneira (in Portuguese). Porto Alegre and São Paulo: EDIPUCRS and Beting Books. p. 35. ISBN 978-85-7430-901-9.
- Beting, Gianfranco; Beting, Joelmir (2009). Varig: Eterna Pioneira (in Portuguese). Porto Alegre and São Paulo: EDIPUCRS and Beting Books. p. 66. ISBN 978-85-7430-901-9.
- "Reformulação do antigo terminal do Aeroporto Salgado Filho é antecipada" (in Portuguese). Zero Hora. September 8, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- Andrade, Artur Luiz (December 1, 2010). "Webjet utiliza terminal 2 do Salgado Filho (RS)" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
- "Curitiba e Porto Alegre terão voo da American Airlines para Miami em dezembro" (in Portuguese). Melhores Destinos. March 4, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
- "Porto Alegre terá voo direto para Miami a partir de 19 de dezembro" (in Portuguese). globo.com. March 25, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
- "BQB faz voo inaugural a Montevidéu para autoridades e imprensa nesta terça" (in Portuguese). Blog PortoImagem. February 18, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
- Pereira, Aldo (1987). Breve História da Aviação Comercial Brasileira (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro: Europa. p. 75.
- "Accident description PP-SAC". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
- "Accident description PP-VBI". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- "Accident description PP-SAA". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Salgado Filho". 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. 102–107. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
- "Accident description PP-PCG". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "Accident description PP-AXJ". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Erro de navegação". 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. 112–117. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
- "Accident description PP-VBZ". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "Accident description PP-VCF". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "Accident description PP-AQE". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
- "Accident description PP-VCS". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "Accident description PP-VBV". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "Accident description PT-WAV". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
- "Accident description PR-MBK". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
- "Incident description PP-VJL". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (August 31, 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4.
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- Airport information for SBPA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for SBPA at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for SBPA at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for POA at Aviation Safety Network
- Salgado Filho Photo Archive at airliners.net