Belo Horizonte/Pampulha – Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport

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Belo Horizonte/Pampulha–Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport
Aeroporto de Belo Horizonte/Pampulha–Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Fachada Aeroporto da Pampulha.jpg
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Infraero
Serves Belo Horizonte
Elevation AMSL 789 m / 2,589 ft
Coordinates 19°51′07″S 043°57′02″W / 19.85194°S 43.95056°W / -19.85194; -43.95056Coordinates: 19°51′07″S 043°57′02″W / 19.85194°S 43.95056°W / -19.85194; -43.95056
Website Infraero PLU
PLU is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,538 8,327 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 300,061 Decrease 57.9%
Aircraft Operations 41,640 Decrease 18.0%
Metric tonnes of cargo 14.2 Increase 300.8%
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Belo Horizonte/Pampulha–Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport (IATA: PLUICAO: SBBH) is an airport serving Belo Horizonte, Brazil, located in the neighborhood of Pampulha. Since December 16, 2004 the airport is also named after the Minas Gerais-born poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902–1987).[4]

The airport is operated by Infraero.


Pampulha Airport was opened in 1933 as a support facility for the passenger flights operated by the Brazilian Air Force between Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza. The first commercial operation started in 1936, when Panair do Brasil was granted a concession to fly between Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte.[citation needed]

In 1943 the runway was extended to 1,500m x 45m, in 1953 to 1,700m, and finally in 1961 to 2,505m.

Since 1973 the airport has been operated by Infraero.[citation needed]

With the great increase of traffic at Pampulha Airport, the facility became too small and unable to handle all operations. For this reason, the new Tancredo Neves International Airport was built in the adjoining municipality of Confins. The new facility was opened in 1984.

However, due to the long distance between Belo Horizonte and Confins, Pampulha remained the airport of choice for most airlines, eventually becoming overcrowded, while Confins was under-used. 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.[5] In the months thereafter, most operations were forced to move to Confins and Pampulha gained a new vocation as a hub for regional flights and general aviation.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Passaredo Linhas Aéreas Ribeirão Preto

São Paulo-Guarulhos(inicia em 01/10/17)

Uberlândia(inicia em 01/10/17)

Ipatinga(inicia em 01/10/17)

Governador Valadares(inicia em 01/10/17)

Brasília(inicia em 01/10/17)

Montes Claros(á definir)

Accidents and incidents[edit]


The airport is located 8 km (5 mi) from downtown Belo Horizonte.

Future developments[edit]

On 31 August 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL8.4 million (USD4.4 million; EUR3.1 million) investment plan to upgrade Pampulha 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 investment would be distributed as follows:[8]

  • New control tower. Value 5.6 million. Estimated completion: originally November 2010; postponed to the end of 2012[9]
  • Upgrade of general aviation hangars. Value 1.2 million. Estimated completion: July 2013
  • Enlargement of the apron. Value 1.6 million. Estimated completion: July 2013

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. 2 February 2016. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero. 
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 
  4. ^ "Lei n˚11.002, de 16 de dezembro de 2004" (in Portuguese). Lei Direto. 17 December 2004. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Portaria n 189/DGAC, de 8 de março de 2005" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Ministério da Aeronáutica; Departamento de Aviação Civil. 10 March 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Accident description PT-ANO". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Serra do Cipó". 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. 132–139. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2. 
  8. ^ Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (31 August 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4. 
  9. ^ Schapochnik, Claudio (1 June 2011). "Pampulha (BH) terá nova torre de controle, diz Infraero" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 

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