Greater Natal International Airport

Coordinates: 05°46′08″S 035°21′59″W / 5.76889°S 35.36639°W / -5.76889; -35.36639
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Rio Grande do Norte/São Gonçalo do Amarante–Governador Aluízio Alves International Airport

Aeroporto Internacional do Rio Grande do Norte/São Gonçalo do Amarante–Governador Aluízio Alves
Airport typePublic
LocationSão Gonçalo do Amarante, Brazil
OpenedMay 31, 2014 (2014-05-31)
Time zoneBRT (UTC−03:00)
Elevation AMSL83 m / 272 ft
Coordinates05°46′08″S 035°21′59″W / 5.76889°S 35.36639°W / -5.76889; -35.36639
NAT is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,000 9,842 Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Passengers2,064,595 Increase 14%
Aircraft operations16,545 Increase 11%
Metric tonnes of cargo5,065 Increase 16%
Statistics: Inframérica[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC,[3] DECEA[4]

Rio Grande do Norte/São Gonçalo do Amarante–Governador Aluízio Alves International Airport (IATA: NAT, ICAO: SBSG) is an airport in São Gonçalo do Amarante, Brazil serving Natal and its metropolitan area.[5]

During a transitional period, the airport is jointly operated by Consortium Inframerica and Zurich Airport Brasil.


The airport was built to replace Augusto Severo International Airport. In 1998, Infraero started the planning and construction of the airport. In 2011 the concession of the unfinished facility was auctioned and the winner would have to finish its construction, including the terminal building and control tower.[6] The project envisaged an intermodal airport, focusing both on passenger and cargo transportation.[7] The complex was expected to have the highest aircraft traffic in the North East of Brazil.[8]

On May 12, 2011, the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) released a document opening the concession of the unfinished airport to private entrepreneurs.[9] The auction to choose the winner took place on August 22, 2011,[10] and the winner was Consortium Inframérica, which is formed by the Brazilian Engineering Group Engevix (50%) and the Argentinean Group Corporación América (50%). The latter operates 52 airports in seven countries.[11][12]

Consortium Inframérica was given three years to build the passenger and cargo terminals, and was authorized to commercially exploit the facility for 25 years. Differently from other Brazilian airports in the process of privatization, in which the state operator Infraero retained 49% of the shares, in the case of Natal Consortium Inframérica got 100% of the shares and Infraero held no participation.

The airport opened for operations on May 31, 2014, when airlines moved their domestic operations to the facility. International operations were moved a few days later.[13] The airport is the first in Brazil operated by a private sector company.[14]

On March 10, 2021, it was announced that the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil had approved a new concession process for the airport, as per request from Consortium Inframérica made on March 5, 2020.[15] On May 19, 2023, Zurich Airport Brasil won a 30-year concession to operate the airport.[16]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Azul Brazilian Airlines Belém, Belo Horizonte–Confins, Campina Grande, Campinas, Fernando de Noronha, Recife, São Paulo–Congonhas
Seasonal: Bauru/Arealva, Brasília, Cascavel, Presidente Prudente, Ribeirão Preto, São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Uberlândia
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Seasonal: Belo Horizonte–Confins, Campinas, Curitiba, Goiânia, Porto Alegre
LATAM Brasil Brasília, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Voepass Linhas Aéreasa Fernando de Noronha (ends 26 October 2024),[citation needed] Mossoró (ends 25 October 2024),[citation needed] Recife (ends 25 October 2024)[citation needed]

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


Busiest domestic routes from NAT (2020)[17]
Rank City Passengers Change 2019/2020 Carriers
1 São Paulo-Guarulhos, SP 255,021 Decrease042.21% Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil
2 Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, RJ 88,218 Decrease051.82% GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil
3 Brasília, DF 85,536 Decrease041.74% GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil
4 Recife, PE 53,495 Decrease038.52% Azul Brazilian Airlines
5 Fortaleza, CE 29,024 Decrease078.15% GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil, Voepass
6 Salvador, BA 23,279 Decrease042.62% GOL Airlines
7 Campinas, SP 15,584 Decrease034.58% Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines
8 São Paulo-Congonhas, SP 11,819 Increase029.38% GOL Airlines
9 Belo Horizonte-Confins, MG 7,258 Decrease075.30% Azul Brazilian Airlines
10 Goiânia, GO 2,786 Decrease015.14% Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines
Busiest international routes from NAT (2020)[17]
Rank Airport Passengers Change 2019/2020 Carriers
1 Lisbon, Portugal 9,669 Decrease072.57% TAP Portugal
2 Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Argentina 2,653 Decrease061.88% GOL Airlines
3 Amsterdam, the Netherlands 1,689 Increase035.34% Corendon Dutch Airlines


The airport is located 25 km (16 mi) from downtown Natal.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Estatísticas". Inframérica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 18 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Aeroporto de Natal". Inframérica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Aeródromos". ANAC (in Portuguese). 29 June 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  4. ^ "São Gonçalo do Amarante - Governador Aluizio Alves (SBSG)". DECEA (in Portuguese). Retrieved 18 August 2023.
  5. ^ "Lei n 12.920 de 24 de dezembro de 2013" (in Portuguese). Presidência da República. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Inaugurado o novo aeroporto de Natal". Natalonline (in Portuguese). 31 May 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2023.
  7. ^ Larissa, Karla (July 15, 2007). "ZPE: desenvolvimento econômico do agronegócio a alta tecnologia" (in Portuguese). Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  8. ^ "Estudo de viablidade do aeroporto será concluído em 6 meses" (in Portuguese). January 12, 2010. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  9. ^ "Regulatory Model: Concession of São Gonçalo do Amarante International Airport" (PDF). ANAC. June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  10. ^ "Comissão de licitação: Comunicado n. 20/2011" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ANAC. July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  11. ^ Guimarães, Ligia (August 22, 2011). "Consórcio Inframérica vence leilão de aeroporto São Gonçalo do Amarante" (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
  12. ^ Pupo, Fábio (August 23, 2011). "Engevix leva aeroporto e já olha novos terminais" (in Portuguese). ValorOnline. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  13. ^ "Veja fotos do aeroporto de São Gonçalo do Amarante" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  14. ^ "Primeiro aeroporto privado está em Natal" (in Portuguese). Estadão. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Minutas de edital e contrato para relicitação do Aeroporto de Natal vão à consulta pública". Ministério da Infraestrutura (in Portuguese). 9 March 2021. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Poderá ser assistido ao vivo nesta sexta-feira o leilão do Aeroporto de Natal; veja como acompanhar". Aeroin (in Portuguese). 19 May 2023. Retrieved 19 May 2023.
  17. ^ a b "Dados Estatísticos".