Afonso Pena International Airport

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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.
Airport type Public
Operator Infraero
Serves Curitiba
Location São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Elevation AMSL 911 m / 2,988 ft
Coordinates 25°31′52″S 049°10′32″W / 25.53111°S 49.17556°W / -25.53111; -49.17556Coordinates: 25°31′52″S 049°10′32″W / 25.53111°S 49.17556°W / -25.53111; -49.17556
Website Infraero CWB
CWB is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 1,800 5,905 Asphalt
15/33 2,215 7,267 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 6,742,133
Aircraft Operations 82,455
Metric tonnes of cargo 38,355
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Afonso Pena International Airport (IATA: CWBICAO: 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.

It is operated by Infraero.


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.[4]

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[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas
operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas
Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
American Airlines Miami1 (ends 12 February 2016)[5]
Avianca Brazil Brasília, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belo Horizonte-Confins, Campinas, Campo Grande, Cascavel, Caxias do Sul, Foz do Iguaçu, Londrina, Maringá, Passo Fundo, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Gol Airlines Belo Horizonte-Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campinas, Caxias do Sul, Foz do Iguaçu, Londrina, Maringá, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos
TAM Airlines Brasília, Foz do Iguaçu, Londrina, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos

^1 American Airlines’ flight from MIA to Porto Alegre has a stopover at Curitiba Brazil, however the flight from Curitiba to MIA is nonstop. Beginning Feb. 11, 2016 American will no longer operate to Curitiba and the flight will just operate between Miami and Porto Alegre.


Airlines Destinations
Florida West International Airways Miami
Lufthansa Cargo Dakar, Frankfurt
Cargolux Luxembourg
Cargolux Italia Milan-Malpensa
LAN Cargo Amsterdam
Total Linhas Aéreas Florianópolis, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Accidents and incidents[edit]



  • 16 August 2000: a VASP Boeing 737-2A1 registration PP-SMG, en route from Foz do Iguaçu to Curitiba, was hijacked by 5 persons demanding the BRL 5 million (approximately US$2.75 million at that time) that the aircraft was transporting. The pilot was forced to land at Porecatu, where the hijackers fled with the money. There were no injuries.[11][12]


The airport is located 18 km (11 mi) southeast of downtown Curitiba.

Future developments[edit]

Aerial view of the passenger terminal

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.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Movimento operacional da rede Infraero de janeiro a dezembro de 2013" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Infraero. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero. 
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 
  4. ^ "Programa de Aceleramento do Crescimento (PAC) em Aeroportos" (in Portuguese). Aviação Brasil. Retrieved 29 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "American Airlines Miami - Brazil Service Changes". 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Accident description PP-CEP". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Accident description PP-SDJ". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Accident description FAB-2292". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Incident description PP-SMG". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (31 August 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4. 
Panoramic view of the passenger boarding gates and jetbridges

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