Eduardo Gomes International Airport
|Manaus International Airport - Eduardo Gomes
Aeroporto Internacional de Manaus - Eduardo Gomes
|Focus city for||Azul Brazilian Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||80 m / 264 ft|
Manaus International Airport - Eduardo Gomes (IATA: MAO, ICAO: SBEG) is the major international airport in Northern Brazil, located in the city of Manaus and the busiest in the number of international passengers this region. In cargo transport, it is the third busiest in the Brazil, behind only the airports of Guarulhos and Viracopos.
It is named after the Brazilian politician and military figure Air Marshal Eduardo Gomes (1896–1981). It is located in the west of Manaus, 8 miles from the Historic Center.
Manaus International Airport replaced Ponta Pelada Airport as the main public airport of Manaus in 1976. Ponta Pelada was then given the name Manaus Air Force Base and began handling exclusively military operations.
The construction of the airport began in 1972 and it was officially inaugurated on 31 March 1976. It was then the most modern airport in Brazil and the first one to operate with jet bridges. Though originally planned to be named Supersonic Airport of Manaus, it had its official name changed to Eduardo Gomes by the law 5.967 of 11 December 1973.
The airport has two passenger terminal buildings. Passenger Terminal 1 receives domestic and international flights and Passenger Terminal 2, opened on 12 March 1985, receives general aviation and some regional flights. Furthermore, the airport has three cargo terminals, opened in 1976, 1980 and 2004. They have a total area of 49,000 m² and can process up to 12,000 t/month of cargo. Cargo Terminals 1 and 2 handle goods for export and Cargo Terminal 3 for import.
On 31 August 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL793.5 million (USD316.1 million; EUR292.2 million) investment plan to upgrade Eduardo Gomes International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Brazil, Manaus being one of the venue cities. The investment was invested as follows:
- Enlargement of apron and existing runway. Construction of second runway. Value BRL600.0. Completion: July 2013
- Enlargement and renovation of the passenger terminal. Value BRL193.5. Completion: December 2013
Even though the World Cup started in June 2014, the Airport's Refurbishment was not completed in time for the event, however the works being held at the Airport did not interfere in the Airport's activities throughout the World Cup.
Terminals, airlines and destinations
a.^ Air taxi company and airline operating regular charter flights.
|ABSA Cargo Airline||Brasília, Campinas–Viracopos, Fortaleza, Guayaquil, São Paulo-Guarulhos|
|LATAM Cargo Brasil||Brasília, Campinas, Fortaleza, São Paulo-Guarulhos|
Accidents and incidents
- 21 April 1983: three Libyan Air Force Il-76TDs landed at Manaus after one of the Il-76s developed some technical problems while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft were then searched by the Brazilian authorities: instead of medical supplies – as quoted in the transport documentation – the crate of the first of 17 Aero L-39 Albatros light training and attack aircraft bound for Nicaragua together with arms and parachutes, to support the country's war against US-backed Contras were found. The cargo was impounded, while the transports were permitted to return to Libya.
- 6 March 1991: a TABA Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante flying to Manaus was hijacked near São Gabriel da Cachoeira by 3 persons.
- 15 December 1994: a TABA Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante en route from Carauari and Tefé to Manaus was hijacked by two Colombian citizens. The passengers were released in the proximity of Tabatinga and the aircraft was flown to Colombia. The crew was released at the Brazilian Embassy in Bogotá.
- 14 May 2004: Rico Linhas Aéreas flight 4815 operated by the Embraer EMB 120ER Brasília registration PT-WRO, en route from São Paulo de Olivença and Tefé to Manaus crashed in the forest at about 18 nm from Manaus. All 33 passengers and crew died.
The airport is located 14 km (9 mi) north of downtown Manaus.
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