Eduardo Gomes International Airport

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Manaus International Airport – Eduardo Gomes

Aeroporto Internacional de Manaus – Eduardo Gomes
Manaus airport logo.jpg
Manaus airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OpenedMarch 31, 1976 (1976-03-31)
Focus city forAzul Brazilian Airlines
Time zoneTime in Brazil (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL80 m / 264 ft
Coordinates03°02′28″S 060°03′02″W / 3.04111°S 60.05056°W / -3.04111; -60.05056Coordinates: 03°02′28″S 060°03′02″W / 3.04111°S 60.05056°W / -3.04111; -60.05056
MAO is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,700 8,858 Asphalt
Statistics (2021)
Passengers1,725,236 Increase 31%
Aircraft operations39,367 Increase 28%
Metric tonnes of cargo100,017 Increase 19%
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Manaus International Airport – Eduardo Gomes (IATA: MAO, ICAO: SBEG) is the airport serving Manaus, Brazil. It is named after Brazilian politician and military figure Air Marshal Eduardo Gomes (1896–1981).

It is operated by Vinci Airports


Terminal 1
View of runway 11 with TAM Airlines Airbus A330-200 holding short. Manaus city center is at the background.
Cargo Terminal

Manaus International Airport replaced Ponta Pelada Airport as the main public airport of Manaus in 1976. Ponta Pelada was then renamed Manaus Air Force Base and began handling exclusively military operations.[4]

The construction of the airport began in 1972 and it was commissioned on March 31, 1976 by a domestic flight operated by a Boeing 727-100 of Serviços Aéreos Cruzeiro do Sul. At the time it was 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, its official name was changed to Eduardo Gomes by the law 5.967 of 11 December 1973.[5]

The airport has two passenger terminal buildings. Passenger Terminal 1 handles all domestic and international flights and Passenger Terminal 2, opened on March 12, 1985, handles general aviation. Furthermore, the airport has three cargo terminals, opened in 1976, 1980 and 2004. They have a total area of 49,000 square metres (530,000 sq ft) 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.[6]

On 31 August 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL793.5 million (US$316.1 million; EUR292.2 million) investment plan to upgrade Eduardo Gomes International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which were held in Brazil, Manaus being one of the venue cities. The investment comprised enlargement of apron and existing runway and enlargement and renovation of the passenger terminal.[7]

In terms of cargo handled, Manaus is the third-busiest in Brazil, behind São Paulo-Guarulhos and Campinas.[citation needed]

The Brazilian Integrated Air Traffic Control and Air Defense Center section 4 (Cindacta IV) is located in the vicinity of the airport.[8]

Previously operated by Infraero, on April 7, 2021 Vinci SA won a 30-year concession to operate the airport.[9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Azul Brazilian Airlines Belém, Boa Vista, Campinas, Parintins, Porto Velho, Recife, Santarém, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Tabatinga, Tefé
Azul Conecta Barcelos, Coari, Lábrea, Maués
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Gol Transportes Aéreos Belém, Boa Vista, Brasília, Fortaleza, Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Santarém, São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Brasil Brasília, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Total Linhas Aéreas Charter: Carauari, Porto Urucu
Voepass Linhas Aéreas Carauari, Coari, Eirunepé, Itaituba, Lábrea, Parintins, Porto Trombetas, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Tefé


Avianca Cargo Bogotá, Medellín-JMC
Cargolux Luxembourg
LATAM Cargo Colombia Campinas-Viracopos, Miami
LATAM Cargo Brasil Asunción, Belém, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Bogota, Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cabo Frio, Cali, Campinas, Caracas, Ciudad del Este, Curitiba, Guayaquil, Lima, Medellín-Córdova, Miami, Quito, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Valencia (VE)
Mas Air Mexico City, Guadalajara, Merida, San Jose da Costa Rica, Panama City-Tocumen, Quito, Guayaquil
Modern Logistics Brasília, Campinas, Recife


Annual passenger traffic at MAO airport. See source Wikidata query.

Accidents and incidents[edit]


The airport is located 14 km (9 mi) north of downtown Manaus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Estatísticas". Infraero (in Portuguese). 14 February 2022. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Manaus Airport". Vinci (in Portuguese). Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Aeródromos". ANAC (in Portuguese). 29 June 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Base Aérea de Manaus e 1°/9° GAv completam 39 anos de apoio à Amazônia" (in Portuguese). Força Aérea Brasileira. 14 April 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Histórico" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Aeroporto Internacional Eduardo Gomes-Manaus" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  7. ^ Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (31 August 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4.
  8. ^ "Cindacta IV" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Air Force: Departamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo DECEA. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Governo federal arrecada R$ 3,3 bilhões com leilão de 22 aeroportos". Agência Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  10. ^ Tom, Cooper (1 September 2003). "Nicaragua, 1980-1988". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Incident description 6 March 1991". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Incident description 15 December 1994". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  13. ^ "Accident description PT-WRO". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 14 July 2011.

External links[edit]

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