Tancredo Neves International Airport
|Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Tancredo Neves/Confins
|IATA: CNF – ICAO: SBCF|
|Hub for||Azul Brazilian Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||827 m / 2,713 ft|
|Metric tonnes of cargo||10,193|
Sources: Airport Website, ANAC
Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport (IATA: CNF, ICAO: SBCF), formerly called Confins International Airport, is the main airport serving Belo Horizonte, Brazil, located in the adjoining municipality of Confins. Since September 2, 1986 the airport is named after Tancredo de Almeida Neves (1910-1985), President-elect of Brazil.
The airport was built by Infraero and inaugurated in 1984. Its purpose was to lessen the congestion at Pampulha Airport, which at the time was operating at 120% of its capacity of 1.3 million passengers per year. It was expected that by 1990, passenger movement at Confins would be nearly 2 million passengers per year. However, it surpassed the 1 million passenger mark only 22 years later. Presently its maximum operational capacity is 5 million passengers per year.
After its inauguration, just a small fraction of the capacity of Confins was used. This was partly due to its distance from downtown Belo Horizonte and, until recently, to the lack of satisfactory transportation alternatives for the pricey (about USD40) taxi rides. The over-crowded Pampulha Airport remained the airport of choice.
In order to revert this scenario, in March 2005 the government of the state of Minas Gerais with the support of agencies of the Federal government decided to restrict Pampulha to operations of aircraft with capacity of up to 50 passengers. In the months thereafter, most operations were forced to move to Confins and the airport gained a new momentum. At that time, 130 flights were transferred from Pampulha to Confins, increasing annual passenger flow from 350,000 to around 3.0 million that year.
The problems related to the distance of Confins to downtown Belo Horizonte were lessened by recent projects such as the improvement of the highway that links the city center to the airport (MG-10 highway), part of a larger project called Linha Verde (English: Green Line), which seeks to reduce the time needed to reach the airport. Another project called the "Industrial Airport" in underway. In this project the government will exempt tax of businesses interested in settling their operations near the airport.
Its cargo facilities have a capacity of handling 18.000 tones (39.682.000 lb) and the warehouse has 6.400 m² (68.889 ft²).
On April 26, 2011 it was confirmed that in order to speed-up much needed renovation and up-grade works, private companies will be granted a concession to explore some Infraero airports among them, on a second phase, Confins. The plan was confirmed on May 31, 2011 and it was added that Infraero would retain 49% of the shares of each privatized airport and that negotioations are expected to be concluded on the first half of 2012.
On 31 August 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL342.3 million (USD180.3 million; EUR126.4 million) investiment plan to up-grade Tancredo Neves International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Brazil, Belo Horizonte being one of the venue cities. The investiment will be distributed as follows:
- Parking. Value 6.8. Completed: July 2010
- Extension of runway, enlargement of apron and cargo terminal, construction of further taxiways. Value 120.0. Completion: July 2013
- Renovation of the passenger terminal. Value 215.5. Completion: March 2014
Airlines and destinations
operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas
|Avianca Brazil||Brasília, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos|
|Azul Brazilian Airlines||Belém-Val de Cans, Brasília, Campinas-Viracopos, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Fortaleza, Goiânia, Ipatinga, Montes Claros, Natal, Palmas, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Recife, Ribeirão Preto, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Salvador da Bahia, São José dos Campos, São Luís, Teresina, Uberaba, Uberlândia, Vitória
Seasonal: Cabo Frio
|Azul Brazilian Airlines
operated by TRIP Linhas Aéreas
|Aracaju, Belém-Val de Cans, Campinas-Viracopos, Campo Grande, Carajás, Cuiabá, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Fernando de Noronha, Florianópolis, Goiânia, Londrina, Maceió, Manaus, Marabá, Montes Claros, Palmas, Porto Alegre, Porto Velho, Recife, Ribeirão Preto, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Salvador da Bahia, São Luís, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Uberlândia, Vitória|
|Copa Airlines||Panama City, Tampa, Florida (Scales)|
|Gol Transportes Aéreos||Brasília, Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campinas-Viracopos, Campo Grande, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiânia, Ilhéus, João Pessoa, Maceió, Montes Claros, Natal, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Uberlândia, Vitória|
|TAM Airlines||Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeia, Campinas-Viracopos, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Fortaleza, Miami, Natal, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Vitória|
operated by Pantanal Linhas Aéreas
|Total Linhas Aéreas||Fortaleza, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Guarulhos|
Accidents and incidents
- 15 September 2001: a TAM Airlines Fokker 100 registration PT-MRN operating the charter flight 9755, flying from Recife to Campinas-Viracopos, following an uncontrolled engine failure en route to Campinas had 3 cabin windows shattered by fragments of the engine and made an emergency landing at Belo Horizonte-Confins. One passenger was sucked out partly and held by another passenger until the aircraft landed. The passenger did not survive.
The airport is located 38 km (24 mi) north of downtown Belo Horizonte. It is regularly served by buses, taxis and Executive Airport Shuttle Buses. When using buses, transfer to the subway of Belo Horizonte is possible. Tickets are available at booths in the arrivals area.
- "Movimento operacional da rede Infraero de janeiro a dezembro de 2012" (in Portuguese). Infraero. January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
- "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero.
- "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC.
- "Lei n˚7.534, de 2 de setembro de 1986" (in Portuguese). Soleis. September 2, 1986. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
- "Aeroporto Internacional Tancredo Neves: Histórico" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- "Portaria n 189/DGAC, de 8 de março de 2005" (in Portuguese). Ministério da Aeronáutica; Departamento de Aviação Civil. March 10, 2005. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
- "Linha Verde: O maior conjunto de obras em Belo Horizonte" (in Portuguese). Sociedade Mineira de Engenheiros. June 1, 2001. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- "Governo e iniciativa privada debatem aeroporto industrial" (in Portuguese). Governo de Minas: Secretaria de Estado de Desenvolvimento Econômico. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- "Brazil MRO sector poised for major expansion". Flightglobal. July 6, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
- Bitencourt, Rafael (26 April 2011). "Governo define concessão de obras em 3 aeroportos, diz Palocci" (in Portuguese). Valor Online. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- Salomon, Marta; Monteiro, Tânia (June 1, 2011). "Governo pretende privatizar três aeroportos e abrir o capital da Infraero" (in Portuguese). O Estado de São Paulo: Economia. Retrieved June 2, 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.
- "Aeroporto de Confins (MG) amplia estacionamento de veículos" (in Portuguese). Jornal de Turismo. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
- "Accident description PT-MRN". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- Marra, Lívia (September 16, 2001). "Avião da TAM acidentado em Minas havia sido revisado no mês passado" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- Airport information for SBCF at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for SBCF at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for SBCF at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for CNF at Aviation Safety Network
- Tancredo Neves International Airport Photo Archive at airliners.net