Hercílio Luz International Airport

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Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional de Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz
Airport type Public/Military
Owner Infraero
Operator Flughafen Zürich AG (since 2017)
Serves Florianópolis
Elevation AMSL 5 m / 16 ft
Coordinates 27°40′13″S 048°33′09″W / 27.67028°S 48.55250°W / -27.67028; -48.55250Coordinates: 27°40′13″S 048°33′09″W / 27.67028°S 48.55250°W / -27.67028; -48.55250
Website Infraero FLN
FLN is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,500 4,921 Concrete
14/32 2,300 7,546 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 3,536,435 Decrease 4.3%
Aircraft Operations 44,250 Decrease 6.5%
Metric tonnes of cargo 4,091 Decrease 12.6%
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport (IATA: FLNICAO: SBFL), is the airport serving Florianópolis, Brazil. It is named after Hercílio Pedro da Luz (1860–1924), three times governor of Santa Catarina and senator. It is operated by Infraero. 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.

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, and Uruguay.

On March 16, 2017, Flughafen Zürich AG was awarded the concession to operate and expand the airport, owning 100% of it and will operate it until 2047.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger - Season 2016/2017[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
Avianca Brazil Brasília, Chapecó, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Azul Brazilian Airlines Chapecó, Campinas, Porto Alegre, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Gol Airlines Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos
LATAM Brasil Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos


Airlines Destinations
Total Linhas Aéreas Curitiba, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 22 March 1951: a Cruzeiro do Sul Douglas C-53D-DO 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.[5]
  • 12 April 1980: a Transbrasil flight 303 Boeing 727-27C registration PT-TYS flying from São Paulo-Congonhas to Florianópolis was on a night instrumental approach to Florianópolis under a severe thunderstorm. The aircraft 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.[6][7]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 
  4. ^ "Flughafen Zürich AG wins concession for airport in Brazil". Flughafen Zürich. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Accident description PP-CCX". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Accident description PT-TYS". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  7. ^ 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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