Augusto Severo International Airport
|Augusto Severo International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Augusto Severo
|Elevation AMSL||51 m / 167 ft|
Augusto Severo International Airport (Portuguese: Aeroporto Internacional Augusto Severo) (IATA:
NAT, ICAO: SBNT), formerly called Parnamirim Airport, was the airport that served Natal, Brazil, located in the adjoining municipality of Parnamirim.
Some of its facilities were shared with the Natal Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force. From 24 November 1951, the airport was named after the aviator Augusto Severo de Albuquerque Maranhão (1864-1902).
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Before World War II Air France operated a mail service with flying boats and landplanes across the Atlantic from Dakar which routed via Natal: Parnamirim was a combination land and marine airport also used by Pan American World Airways and Panair do Brasil flying boats. In 1940 and 1941 the Italian Airline L.A.T.I. operated a weekly landplane service from Rome to Rio de Janeiro via Recife (mainly southbound) and Natal(mainly northbound) using Savoia-Marchetti tri-motor landplanes until the aircraft were impounded and the service stopped as a result of the intervention of the British secret services in the Americas around the time of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.
The airport gained an important role during World War II as a strategic base for aircraft flying between South America and West Africa. Particularly between 1943 and 1945, this facility was used jointly by the Brazilian Air Force, United States Army, United States Navy, the Royal Air Force, and commercial airlines. The maintenance and security installations were made by the U.S. Army in the South Atlantic (USAFSA).
On 31 March 1980, the Ministry of Aeronautics transferred to state-owned airport administrator Infraero the task of managing the airport. On the same date major renovations were completed.
In 2000, the last passenger terminal was built. The terminal was 11,560 m² (124,431 sq.ft.), had 4 jet bridges, and was capable of handling 1.5 million passengers annually. There were 500 parking places.
On 31 August 2009, Infraero unveiled an ambitious BRL5.3 billion (USD2.8 billion; EUR2.0 billion) investment plan to renovate and upgrade airports of ten cities focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was going to be held in Brazil. On that occasion, it was announced that even though Natal was one of the venue cities, the plan did not include Augusto Severo airport because renovations had been recently completed, and Infraero considered the airport fit to handle the forthcoming increase in traffic.
However, the capacity of the airport did not meet the demand of passengers, so the brand-new Greater Natal International Airport was built at the nearby town of São Gonçalo do Amarante. On 31 May 2014, all domestic flights were moved to the new facility. International flights were moved a few days later. The facilities of Augusto Severo are now used only by Natal Air Force Base.
Accidents and incidents
- 11 June 1947: Flota Aérea Mercante Argentina, an Avro 691 Lancastrian registration LV-ACS flying from Buenos Aires to Natal struck a post on landing and caught fire. Of the 18 passengers and crew, 13 survived.
The airport was located 18 km (11 mi) from downtown Natal.
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- "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC.
- Aeroporto Augusto Severo é desativado sem cerimônias em Parnamirim
- No RN, Receita Federal libera voos internacionais no novo aeroporto
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- "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico. August 31, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
- "Veja fotos do aeroporto de São Gonçalo do Amarante" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
- "Accident description LV-ACS". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Augusto Severo International Airport.|
- Airport information for SBNT at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for SBNT at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- Current weather for SBNT at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for NAT at Aviation Safety Network
- Augusto Severo International Airport Photo Archive at airliners.net
-  LIFE photo L.A.T.I Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 arrives while field being improved for U.S.
-  LIFE photo DC-2/DC-3 ferrying by PAA to British by old Air France hangar Parnamarim
-  LIFE photo DC-2/DC-3 ferrying by PAA to British by L.A.T.I hangars Parnamarim
-  LIFE photo Pan American Boeing 314 Clipper at Natal Marine terminal