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São Gonçalo do Amarante–Governador Aluízio Alves International Airport

Aeroporto Internacional de São Gonçalo do Amarante–Governador Aluízio Alves
Aeroport de Natal logo 2013.svg
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Airport typePublic
LocationSão Gonçalo do Amarante, Brazil
OpenedMay 31, 2014 (2014-05-31)
Coordinates05°46′05″S 035°22′34″W / 5.76806°S 35.37611°W / -5.76806; -35.37611Coordinates: 05°46′05″S 035°22′34″W / 5.76806°S 35.37611°W / -5.76806; -35.37611
WebsiteInframerica NAT
NAT is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,000 9,842 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers2,403,135 Increase 3.4%
Aircraft Operations18,553 Decrease 18.0%
Metric tonnes of cargo25,077 Increase 30.0%
Sources: Airport Website,[1] ANAC[2]

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. It serves Natal and its metropolitan area.[3]

The airport is administrated by Consortium Inframérica


Governador Aluízio Alves International Airport is a new airport complex in São Gonçalo do Amarante, near Natal, Brazil,[4] built to replace Augusto Severo International Airport. Planning for the airport started in 2007 envisioning concepts of an intermodal airport, focusing both on passenger and cargo transportation.[5] The complex is expected to have the highest aircraft traffic in the Northeast.[6]

On May 12, 2011, the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) released a document opening the concession of the airport to private entrepreneurs.[7] The auction to choose the winner took place on August 22, 2011.[8] The winner was an Inframérica Consortium, formed by the Brazilian Engineering Group Engevix (50%) and the Argentinean Group Corporación América (50%).[9][10]

After the signature of the contract of concession, works of the passenger and cargo terminals started. Inframérica Consortium had 3 years to build the terminals and is authorized to commercially explore the facility for 25 years (with one possible 5-year extension). Differently from other Infraero airports in process of privatization, in which Infraero retains 49% of the shares, in the case of Natal Consórcio Inframérica got 100% of the shares. On February 6, 2012 Consortium Inframérica also won the concession of Brasília–Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport.[11]

The airport was opened for operations on May 31, 2014, when airlines moved their domestic operations to this facility. International operations were moved a few days later.[12] The airport is the first airport in Brazil operated by a private sector company.[13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Avianca Brazil Brasília, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belo Horizonte-Confins, Campinas, Fernando de Noronha, Recife
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam (begins 10 November 2019)
Gol Airlines Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Seasonal: Belo Horizonte-Confins, Goiânia, São Paulo-Congonhas
LATAM Brasil Brasília, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon


Aerologic Frankfurt
Lufthansa Cargo Dakar–Diass, Frankfurt


Busiest domestic routes from NAT (2017)[14]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 São Paulo-Guarulhos, SP 406,787 Avianca Brazil, Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil
2 Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, RJ 209,397 GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil
3 Brasília, DF 200,497 Avianca Brazil, GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil
4 Recife, PE 81,272 Azul Brazilian Airlines
5 Fortaleza, CE 73,078 GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil
6 São Paulo-Congonhas, SP 55,011 GOL Airlines
7 Salvador, BA 41,201 GOL Airlines
8 Campinas, SP 39,681 Azul Brazilian Airlines
9 Belo Horizonte-Confins, MG 25,544 Azul Brazilian Airlines
10 Fernando de Noronha, PE 9,643 Azul Brazilian Airlines
Busiest international routes from NAT (2017)[14]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Lisbon, Portugal 32,419 TAP Portugal
2 Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Argentina 7,271 GOL Airlines


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Inframérica.
  2. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC.
  3. ^ "Lei n 12.920 de 24 de dezembro de 2013" (in Portuguese). Presidência da República. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Nelson Tavares diz que aeroporto de São Gonçalo fica pronto até 2014" (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  5. ^ Larissa, Karla (July 15, 2007). "ZPE: desenvolvimento econômico do agronegócio a alta tecnologia" (in Portuguese). Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  6. ^ "Estudo de viablidade do aeroporto será concluído em 6 meses" (in Portuguese). January 12, 2010. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  7. ^ "Regulatory Model: Concession of São Gonçalo do Amarante International Airport" (PDF). ANAC. June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "Comissão de licitação: Comunicado n. 20/2011" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ANAC. July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  9. ^ Guimarães, Ligia (August 22, 2011). "Consórcio Inframérica vence leilão de aeroporto São Gonçalo do Amarante" (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
  10. ^ Pupo, Fábio (August 23, 2011). "Engevix leva aeroporto e já olha novos terminais" (in Portuguese). ValorOnline. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  11. ^ Rittner, Daniel (February 7, 2012). "Cumbica, Viracopos e Brasília são privatizados" (in Portuguese). Valor Econômico. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  12. ^ "Veja fotos do aeroporto de São Gonçalo do Amarante" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  13. ^ "Primeiro aeroporto privado está em Natal" (in Portuguese). Estadão. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Dados Estatísticos".

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