Campo de Marte Airport

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Campo de Marte Airport
Aeroporto Campo de Marte
Aeroporto Campo de Marte.JPG
Summary
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Infraero
Serves São Paulo
Elevation AMSL 722 m / 2,368 ft
Coordinates 23°30′25″S 046°38′03″W / 23.50694°S 46.63417°W / -23.50694; -46.63417Coordinates: 23°30′25″S 046°38′03″W / 23.50694°S 46.63417°W / -23.50694; -46.63417
Website Infraero SBMT
Map
SBMT is located in Brazil
SBMT
SBMT
Location in Brazil
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 1,600 5,250 Asphalt
Helipads
Number Length Surface
m ft
NR1 36 118 Grass
NR2 25 82 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 151,275
Aircraft Operations 93,354
Metric tonnes of cargo 0
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Campo de Marte Airport (ICAO: SBMT) is the first airport built in São Paulo, Brazil, opened in 1919. It is named after Champ de Mars, in Paris, which in turn got its name from Campus Martius, in Rome.

It is operated by Infraero.

History[edit]

Pope Benedict XVI during a mass celebrated on May 11, 2007 at the airport

Campo de Marte was the first airport built in São Paulo, opened in 1919.

The airport was bombarded during the 1932 Constitutionalist Revolution.

On 12 November 1933 a ceremony marking the start-up of scheduled flights of VASP took place at the airport. The first two routes linked Campo de Marte to São Carlos and São José do Rio Preto, and to Ribeirão Preto and Uberaba.

It handled all air operations in São Paulo until VASP opened Congonhas Airport in 1936. VASP considered it a necessary move because of unexpected growing demands, and to avoid a problem of constant flooding by the adjoining Tietê River, particularly the one that happened in 1929.

Presently it houses the São Paulo Flying School, founded in 1931, helicopters and general aviation services. It has limited night operations capability, usually reserved to helicopters.

The 4th command of the Brazilian Air Force is also located on the premises.

On May 11, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI canonized the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão, during a mass on the site.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Currently no scheduled flights operate at this airport.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 4 November 2007: an Air Taxi Learjet 35A registration PT-OVC crashed over a house in a residential area nearby after a failed takeoff attempt from Campo de Marte, killing the pilot, co-pilot, and 6 people on the ground.[4]
  • 19 January 2017: an aircraft crashed an hour after takeoff, killing 5 people, including the Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki.

Access[edit]

The airport is located 6 km (4 mi) from downtown São Paulo in the district of Santana.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. 2 February 2016. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero. 
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 
  4. ^ "Accident description PT-OVC". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 

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