Brasília International Airport

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Brasília–Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional de Brasília–Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek
Brasilia aeroportojk inauguracaoalasul.jpg
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Inframérica
Serves Brasília
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 1,066 m / 3,497 ft
Coordinates 15°52′09″S 047°55′15″W / 15.86917°S 47.92083°W / -15.86917; -47.92083Coordinates: 15°52′09″S 047°55′15″W / 15.86917°S 47.92083°W / -15.86917; -47.92083
BSB is located in Brasília
Location in Brasília
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11R/29L 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
11L/29R 3,200 10,499 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 16,489,987
Aircraft Operations 179,656
Metric tonnes of cargo 43,607
Statistics: Aeroporto de Brasília[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Brasília–Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport (IATA: BSBICAO: SBBR) is the airport serving Brasília, Brazil. Since 22 April 1999 the airport is named after Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira (1902–1976), the 21st President of Brazil.[4] It is located in the Lago Sul administrative region of the Federal District of Brazil.

Some of its facilities are shared with the Brazilian Air Force.


Airport diagram

Brasília was only a project when in 1956 President Juscelino Kubitschek landed for the first time in the Central Plateau. However, Vera Cruz Airport, built in 1955 by the then Deputy-Governor of Goiás, Bernardo Sayão, at the request of the chairman of the location of the New Federal Capital, Marechal José Pessoa, already existed. On 2 October 1955, the airport received the first crew of workers that would build the new capital. This facility was located where today is the Integrated Bus and Train Terminal of Brasília. It had a dirt runway of 2,700 metres (8,900 ft) and a passenger terminal in a makeshift, cob-wall shack covered with buriti-leaves.[5]

This facility, however, was only temporary. The relocation to a definitive site had already been identified as a priority and construction works started on 6 November 1956. The works lasted for only over six months and required the clearing of an area of 1,334 million square metres (14,360×10^6 sq ft), 178,500 square metres (1,921,000 sq ft) of earthwork, base-stabilized 40,900 square metres (440,000 sq ft), covering 73,500 square metres (791,000 sq ft), topographical services, positioning and leveling. The runway was designed to have a length of 3,300 metres (10,800 ft) but initially it had only 324 metres (1,063 ft), and was 45 metres (148 ft) wide. The passenger terminal was built of wood. On 2 April 1957, the presidential aircraft landed for the first time at the site and the official inauguration took place on 3 May 1957. That year, on the same location the Brasília Air Force Base was also commissioned.[5]

In 1965 Oscar Niemeyer proposed a project for Brasília Airport to replace the wooden terminal. However, due to the 1964 Brazilian coup d'état, the military-government chose to build the project of Tércio Fontana Pacheco, an architect of the Brazilian Air Force Ministry. The airport is thus one of the few important buildings in Brasília that is not related to Niemeyer.[6] This building was opened in 1971 and since 1990 it has been under renovation following an architectural concept of the architect Sergio Roberto Parada.

In 1990 Brasília International Airport underwent its first major renovation and began to gain its present form with a central body and two satellites. The first phase included the construction of an access-viaduct to the passenger terminal and metal cover inaugurated in 1992 and the first circular satellite, inaugurated in 1994. In the second phase, the main body of the passenger terminal was renovated to include a shopping-mall and the satellite received nine jetways. In 2005, a second runway was opened.[5] In April 2014 the South Concourse, which serves domestic flights, was opened.

Until April 2014 the terminal was capable of handling 9 million passengers per year, but actually handled around 14 million. With numbers constantly increasing, the former terminal for general aviation originally built in 1988 was renovated and transformed into Passenger Terminal 2. It was opened for traffic on 2 August 2010.[7]

Following a decision made on 26 April 2011 by the Federal Government for private companies being granted concessions to explore some Infraero airports,[8] on 6 February 2012, the administration of the airport was conceded, for 25 years, to the Consortium Inframérica, formed by the Brazilian Engineering Group Engevix (50%) and the Argentinean Group Corporación América (50%).[9] Inframérica also won the concession of Gov. Aluízio Alves International Airport in Natal.[10] Infraero, the state-run organization remains with 49% of the shares of the company incorporated for the administration.[11][12]

The Brazilian Integrated Air Traffic Control and Air Defense Center section 1 (Cindacta I) is located in the vicinity of the airport.[13]

Recent Developments[edit]

On 31 August 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL514.8 million (USD306.06 million; EUR224.76 million) investment plan[14] to renovate Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport, focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brasília being one of the venue cities, and the Summer Olympics in 2016 which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

  • Enlargement of apron and taxiways (BRL 34.5 million). Completion: April 2011
  • Renovation of the existing passenger terminal (BRL 22.5 million). Completion: November 2011
  • Enlargement of the passenger terminal. (BRL 439 million) Completion: April 2013
  • Parking (BRL 18 million) Completion: April 2014

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Ezeiza 1
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1
American Airlines Miami 1
Avianca Brazil Aracaju, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Chapecó, Cuiabá, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Ilhéus, João Pessoa, Juazeiro do Norte, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos 1
Azul Brazilian Airlines Araguaína, Barreiras, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Campinas, Belo Horizonte–Pampulha, Foz do Iguaçu, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Salvador da Bahia, Uberaba, Uberlândia, Vitória 2
Copa Airlines Panama City 1
Delta Air Lines Orlando (ends 21 February 2016)[15] 1
Gol Transportes Aéreos Altamira, Aracaju, Belém, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Boa Vista, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campinas, Campo Grande, Cruzeiro do Sul, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Goiânia, João Pessoa, Juazeiro do Norte, Macapá, Maceió, Manaus, Marabá, Natal, Palmas, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Porto Velho, Punta Cana, Recife, Ribeirão Preto, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Salvador da Bahia, São Luís, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, São José do Rio Preto, Teresina, Uberlândia, Vitória
Seasonal: Santiago
Charter: Aruba, Curaçao
Passaredo Linhas Aéreas Araguaína, Barreiras, Cuiabá, Ribeirão Preto, Sinop 1
TAM Airlines Altamira, Aracaju, Belém, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Bauru-Arealva, Boa Vista, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campinas, Campo Grande, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiânia, Ilhéus, Imperatriz, João Pessoa, Juazeiro do Norte, Macapá, Maceió, Manaus, Marabá, Miami, Natal, Navegantes, Orlando, Palmas, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Porto Velho, Punta Cana, Recife, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Santarém, Salvador da Bahia, São José dos Campos, São José do Rio Preto, São Luís, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Teresina, Uberlândia, Vitória 1
TAP Portugal Lisbon 1


Airlines Destinations
ABSA Cargo Airline Manaus, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Rio Linhas Aéreas Cuiabá, São Paulo-Guarulhos
TAM Cargo Manaus, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Accidents with fatalities[edit]

  • 22 December 1962: a Varig Convair CV-240-2 registration PP-VCQ flying from Belo Horizonte-Pampulha to Brasília descended below the prescribed altitude while on final approach to Brasília, struck trees, skidded and fell to one side. One crew member died.[16]
  • 25 May 1982: a VASP Boeing 737-2A1 registration PP-SMY on landing procedures at Brasília during rain, made a hard landing with nose gear first. The gear collapsed and the aircraft skidded off the runway breaking in two. Two passengers out of 118 occupants died.[17]
  • 29 September 2006: Gol Airlines flight 1907, a Boeing 737-8EH registration PR-GTD en route from Manaus to Brasília collided with a business jet Embraer Legacy 600 on its first leg, fell, disintegrated in midair, and crashed into the Amazon forest in the north of the State of Mato Grosso, killing all of the 154 passengers and crew on board of the Gol aircraft.[18]



The airport is located 11 km (7 mi) from downtown Brasília.


South Concourse, which opened in April 2014, is used for domestic flights.
Neon lights in the evening inside South Concourse.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Estatística de voos (janeiro a dezembro de 2013)" (in Portuguese). Aeroporto de Brasília. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Aeroporto de Brasília. 
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 
  4. ^ "Lei n˚9.794, de 20 de abril de 1999" (in Portuguese). Lei Direto. 22 April 1999. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Aeroportos: Brasília" (in Portuguese). Jetsite. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Parada, Sergio Roberto. "Aeroporto de Brasília, uma questão de arquitetura" (PDF) (in Portuguese). IABDF. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Terminal 2 do aeroporto de Brasília recebe voos regulares" (in Portuguese). Infraero. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Bitencourt, Rafael (26 April 2011). "Governo define concessão de obras em 3 aeroportos, diz Palocci" (in Portuguese). Valor Online. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Rittner, Daniel (7 February 2012). "Cumbica, Viracopos e Brasília são privatizados" (in Portuguese). Valor Econômico. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Guimarães, Ligia (22 August 2011). "Consórcio Inframérica vence leilão de aeroporto São Gonçalo do Amarante" (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Salomon, Marta; Monteiro, Tânia (1 June 2011). "Governo pretende privatizar três aeroportos e abrir o capital da Infraero" (in Portuguese). O Estado de S. Paulo: Economia. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Brazil moves swiftly (at last) to award airport concessions". CAPA. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Cindacta I" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Air Force: Departamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo DECEA. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  14. ^ Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (31 August 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Crise faz Delta anunciar fim do voo Brasília-Orlando" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Accident description PP-VCQ". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Accident description PP-SMY". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Accident description N600XL and PR-GTD". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "Incident description Vasp April 25, 1970". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  20. ^ "Incident description Vasp May 14, 1970". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  21. ^ "Incident description PP-SMU". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 

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