Hercílio Luz International Airport

Coordinates: 27°40′13″S 048°33′09″W / 27.67028°S 48.55250°W / -27.67028; -48.55250
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Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport

Aeroporto Internacional de Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz
Airport typePublic/Military
Focus city for
Time zoneBRT (UTC−03:00)
Elevation AMSL5 m / 17 ft
Coordinates27°40′13″S 048°33′09″W / 27.67028°S 48.55250°W / -27.67028; -48.55250
FLN is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
FLN is located in South America
FLN (South America)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,320 4,331 Concrete
14/32 2,400 7,874 Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Passengers3,403,031 Increase 44%
Aircraft Operations40,936 Increase 29%
Statistics: Floripa Airport[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC,[3] DECEA[4]

Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport (IATA: FLN, ICAO: SBFL), branded Floripa Airport, is the airport serving Florianópolis, Brazil. It is named after Hercílio Pedro da Luz (1860–1924), three times governor of the state of Santa Catarina and senator.

It is operated by Zurich Airport Brasil.

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


The airport was built on the site of an old Air Naval Base, which operated until 1941, when its jurisdiction changed to the Brazilian Air Force.

Between 1927 and 1932, the then known as Campeche Field was also used by the French aviators of the Compagnie Générale Aéropostale for its operations in Florianópolis. Among them were Jean Mermoz, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Henri Guillaumet.

Campeche Field in 1933

Between 1942 and 1945, the runway 03/21, apron, control tower and passenger terminal were built. At the same time, some facilities of the Florianópolis Air Force Base were built and made operational.

In the period between 1952 and 1954, the passenger terminal was rebuilt and was operational until 1976 when a brand-new terminal building and apron were opened. The old facility is today the cargo terminal. The new terminal was further enlarged in 1988 and 2000, reaching the present 8,703 m2.

In 1978, the runway 14/32 was opened allowing a great increase in traffic. In 1995 the airport was upgraded to international category and started receiving particularly seasonal and charter flights from Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

On March 16, 2017, Flughafen Zürich AG was granted the concession to operate and expand the airport, owning 100% of it.[5]

Check-in area in 2019.

On January 15, 2018, the new concessionaire began construction of a new terminal with 14 new gates - 3 international and 11 domestic. The cost of the project was BRL 570 million.[6] The new terminal, located on the opposite side of the main runway from the old one, was officially opened on September 28, 2019.[7] The main runway was also extended by 100 metres (330 ft), to 2,400 metres (7,900 ft).[8][6][7] Operations using the new terminal started on October 1, 2019.[9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aerolíneas Argentinas Seasonal: Buenos Aires–Aeroparque, Córdoba (AR), Rosario
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belo Horizonte–Confins, Campinas, Chapecó, Curitiba (begins 29 October 2023),[citation needed] Foz do Iguaçu, Passo Fundo, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro–Santos Dumont (ends 29 September 2023)[10]
Seasonal: Cuiabá, Goiânia, Montevideo (begins 15 December 2023),[citation needed] Pelotas, Santa Maria, Santo Ângelo, Uruguaiana
Flybondi Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília, Buenos Aires–Aeroparque, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão (resumes 1 October 2023),[11] Rio de Janeiro–Santos Dumont (ends 30 September 2023),[11] São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Seasonal: Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Córdoba (AR), Salvador da Bahia
JetSmart Argentina Buenos Aires–Ezeiza (begins 30 November 2023)[12]
JetSmart Chile Santiago de Chile (begins 27 December 2023)[12]
LATAM Brasil Brasília, Rio de Janeiro–Santos Dumont, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile (begins 1 November 2023)[citation needed]
Paranair Seasonal: Asunción
Sky Airline Santiago de Chile
Sky Airline Peru Lima, Montevideo (both begins 2 January 2024)[13]


LATAM Cargo Brasil Miami[14]
Total Linhas Aéreas Curitiba, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 22 March 1951: a Cruzeiro do Sul Douglas C-53D-DO plane, registration PP-CCX while landing at Florianópolis crashed following an overshoot in bad weather and an engine failure. Of the 14 passengers and crew, 3 died.[15]
  • 12 April 1980: a Transbrasil Boeing 727-27C operating flight 303 registration PT-TYS flying from São Paulo-Congonhas to Florianópolis while on a night instrumental approach to Florianópolis under a severe thunderstorm went off course, struck a hill and exploded. Probable causes are misjudgment of speed and distance, inadequate flight supervision, failure to initiate a go-around and improper operation of the engines. Of the 58 passengers and crew aboard, 3 passengers survived.[16][17]


The airport is located 14 km (9 mi) from downtown Florianópolis.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Estatísticas, dados e documentos". Floripa Airport (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 May 2023.
  2. ^ "Floripa Airport". Floripa Airport (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Aeródromos". ANAC (in Portuguese). 15 October 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Hercílio Luz (SBFL)". DECEA (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 September 2023.
  5. ^ "Flughafen Zürich AG wins concession for airport in Brazil". Flughafen Zürich. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b Martins, Marcos (28 September 2019). "CEO do Floripa Airport explica investimento no novo terminal" [Floripa Airport CEO explains investment in the new terminal]. Panrotas (in Portuguese). São Paulo. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b Martins, Marcos (28 September 2019). "Autoridades inauguram novo aeroporto de Florianópolis" [Authorities open new Florianópolis Airport]. Panrotas (in Portuguese). São Paulo. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  8. ^ "SEU CONFORTO LÁ NAS ALTURAS". Floripa Airport. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Veja fotos do novo aeroporto de Florianópolis". Panrotas (in Portuguese). 29 September 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Rio de Janeiro perde voos diretos da Azul para Brasília, Vitória e mais três destinos". Aeroin (in Portuguese). 17 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2023.
  11. ^ a b "Aeroporto do Galeão se ligará a mais destinos ao receber voos da GOL hoje feitos no Santos Dumont". Aeroin (in Portuguese). 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  12. ^ a b "Florianópolis terá voos diretos para Argentina e Chile de ultrabaixo custo; veja valores". Jornal Floripa (in Portuguese). 1 August 2023. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  13. ^ https://www.aviacionline.com/2023/08/sky-airline-uruguay/
  14. ^ "Expansão da rota de Miami a Florianópolis é avaliada após ótimo desempenho". Aeroin (in Portuguese). 17 August 2021. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Accident description PP-CCX". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  16. ^ "Accident description PT-TYS". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  17. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Transbrasil 303". 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. 313–317. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.

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