Salvador Bahia Airport

Coordinates: 12°54′31″S 038°19′21″W / 12.90861°S 38.32250°W / -12.90861; -38.32250
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Salvador–Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport

Aeroporto Internacional de Salvador–Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães
Airport typePublic/Military
ServesSalvador da Bahia
Hub for
Time zoneBRT (UTC−03:00)
Elevation AMSL20 m / 66 ft
Coordinates12°54′31″S 038°19′21″W / 12.90861°S 38.32250°W / -12.90861; -38.32250
SSA is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,003 9,852 Asphalt
17/35 1,518 4,980 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers7,735,685 Increase 4%
Aircraft Operations81,470 Increase 6%
Statistics: Vinci[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC,[3] DECEA[4]
Aerial View
View of check-in area
Departure lounge.

Salvador–Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA: SSA, ICAO: SBSV), formerly called Dois de Julho International Airport and known by the trade name Salvador Bahia Airport, is the airport serving Salvador, Brazil. Since 16 June 1998, by Federal Law, the airport is named after Luís Eduardo Maron Magalhães (1955–1998), an influential politician of the state of Bahia.[5]

It is operated by Vinci SA.

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


The airport, originally called Santo Amaro do Ipitanga Airport, was established in 1925. In 1941 Panair do Brasil participating in the World War II efforts with the support of the American and Brazilian governments completely rebuilt the facility.

On 20 December 1955, the airport had its name changed for the first time: it became known as Dois de Julho International Airport, celebrating Bahia Independence Day. This is still the name by which the population of Salvador da Bahia call the facility. On 16 June 1998 the airport name was again changed to honor Luís Eduardo Maron Magalhães (1955–1998) an influential politician of the state of Bahia. This second change remains however controversial and there have been attempts to revert it.[6] Since 2017 the concessionary has been using the Trade name Salvador Bahia Airport.

The airport is located in an area of more than 6 million square meters between sand dunes and native vegetation. The lush, bamboo-covered road to the airport has become one of the scenic attractions of Salvador da Bahia.

A brand new passenger terminal was opened in 1998, replacing an original outdated terminal. This new terminal continued to be upgraded and was completed by the end of year 2000. The main terminal, which includes a shopping mall has 69,400 m2, 11 jetways and a capacity to handle 6,000,000 passengers/year. Traffic has been growing at an average of 14% per year.

Responding to critiques to the situation of its airports, on May 18, 2011, Infraero released a list evaluating some of its most important airports according to its saturation levels. According to the list, Salvador da Bahia was considered to be in good situation, operating with less than 70% of its capacity.[7]

Previously operated by Infraero, on 16 March 2017, the concession of the facility was won by Vinci SA, for which it paid R$ 2,35 billions ( 640 millions). The concession is for a period of 30 years.[8] The new concessionary then planned to duplicate the passenger terminal.[9]

On 26 April 2018, the Aeroporto station on Line 2 of the Salvador subway was opened to the public.[10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Abaeté Aviação Barra Grande, Boipeba, Morro de São Paulo
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
Air Europa Madrid
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belo Horizonte–Confins, Campina Grande, Campinas, Goiânia, Ilhéus, Porto Seguro, Recife, Vitória da Conquista
Seasonal: Brasília, Cuiabá, Foz do Iguaçu, Montes Claros, Ribeirão Preto, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São José do Rio Preto
Azul Conecta Belo Horizonte–Confins, Guanambi
Gol Transportes Aéreos Aracaju, Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasília, Campina Grande, Campinas, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Goiânia, Ilhéus, João Pessoa, Maceió, Natal, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Recife, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Luís, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Vitória, Vitória da Conquista
Seasonal: Buenos Aires–Aeroparque, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Jericoacoara, Montevideo, São José dos Campos (begins 02 July 2024)[11]
LATAM Brasil Brasília, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin
Sky Airline Montevideo, Santiago de Chile
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Voepass Linhas Aéreasa Recife

a: Flights operated with Voepass equipment on behalf of LATAM Brasil.


Total Linhas Aéreas Belo Horizonte-Confins, Fortaleza, São Paulo-Guarulhos
LATAM Cargo Brasil Campinas, Miami
Sideral Air Cargo São Paulo–Guarulhos

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Accidents with fatalities[edit]


The airport is located 28 km (17 mi) north from downtown Salvador da Bahia.

A free shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes from 5am to 1am to Aeroporto station of Salvador subway, which connects to downtown Salvador at Lapa.[14]

See also[edit]


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency

  1. ^ "Operational Data". Vinci (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Salvador Bahia Airport". Vinci (in Portuguese). Retrieved 3 June 2023.
  3. ^ "Aeródromos". ANAC (in Portuguese). 29 June 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães (SBSV)". DECEA (in Portuguese). Retrieved 9 October 2023.
  5. ^ "Lei nº 9.661, de 16 de junho de 1998". Câmara dos Deputados (in Portuguese). 16 June 1998. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Projeto de lei 6106/2002" (PDF). Câmara dos Deputados do Brasil (in Portuguese). 21 February 2002. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Governo muda critério de avaliação e 'melhora' desempenho de aeroportos" (in Portuguese). O Estado de S. Paulo. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  8. ^ Alves, Alan Tiago; Ribeiro, Rafaela (16 March 2017). "Aeroporto de Salvador vai a leilão e usuários esperam melhorias". Globo (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2 April 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  9. ^ "VINCI Airports wins the concession for Salvador's airport in Brazil". VINCI. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Estação aeroporto do metrô de Salvador é inaugurada". G1 (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Aeroporto de São José dos Campos-SP terá voos para destino no Nordeste em julho, pela GOL Linhas Aéreas". Aeroin (in Portuguese). 29 February 2024. Retrieved 29 February 2024.
  12. ^ "Accident description PP-PBH". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  13. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Mais um Lodestar". 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. 69–72. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
  14. ^ "Estação Aeroporto | CCR Metrô Bahia". Retrieved 1 August 2021.

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