Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport

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Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Pinto Martins – Fortaleza
Fortaleza Airport
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Airport type Public & Military
Owner/Operator Fraport
Serves Fortaleza
Focus city for Gol Airlines
Elevation AMSL 25 m / 82 ft
Coordinates 03°46′33″S 038°31′56″W / 3.77583°S 38.53222°W / -3.77583; -38.53222Coordinates: 03°46′33″S 038°31′56″W / 3.77583°S 38.53222°W / -3.77583; -38.53222
Website Fortaleza Airport
FOR is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,545 8,350 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 5,935,288 Increase 4.0%
Aircraft Operations 54,177 Increase 1.7%
Metric tonnes of cargo 49,301 Increase 14.7%
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]
Interior of Terminal
Old Building Entrance
Old Tower
Statue of Euclides Pinto Martins

Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport (IATA: FOR, ICAO: SBFZ) is the airport serving Fortaleza, Brazil. It is named after Euclides Pinto Martins (1892–1924) a Ceará-born aviator, who in 1922 was one of the pioneers of the air-link between New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Some of its facilities are shared with the Fortaleza Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force. It is located 11 km (7 mi) south of downtown.


The airport had its origins on a runway built in the 1930s and which was used by the Ceará Flying School until 2000.

During World War II, the airport was an important allied base supporting Southern Atlantic operations.

On May 13, 1952 the original name, Cocorote Airport, was changed to its present name. In 1966 a passenger terminal and apron were built. Those facilities are now used by general aviation operations.

From January 7, 1974 to December 31, 2017 it was operated by Infraero and in 1997 it was upgraded to international category.

In February 1998 a new passenger terminal was opened in south area. On August 31, 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL 525 million (USD 276.6 million, EUR 193.8 million) investment plan to upgrade the International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Brazil, Fortaleza being one of the venue cities. The investment was distributed in the renovation and enlargement of passenger terminal, apron, and parking with completion due in November 2013, however after abandoned. Just a removable Tent was made.[4]

Through a partnership between Infraero, federal government and state government, the 35,000 m² passenger terminal was built in the southern area, inaugurated in February 1998, by Governor Tasso Jereissati, whose capacity is 3.8 million passengers per year, 14 aircraft parking positions and with automation systems, being classified as International in 1997 (Portaria 393 GM5, of June 9, 1997). It was auctioned on March 16, 2017 to the consortium Fraport AG of Frankfurt, Germany for R$ 425 million for use for 30 years. Among the established in the contract is the reform of the current terminal and termination of the attached work, abandoned by Infraero, as well as increase of the only runway. From June 2017 to 2018 both companies run the entire airport, as of 2018, it manages the airport entirely in its operations. The contract signed on July 28, 2017 says to renew and complete the investments of Infraero for the passenger terminal and the lengthening of the single runway.

The former passenger terminal, on the north area, serves as a General Aviation Terminal (TAG) for private aircraft, where it operates small general aviation, executive and air taxi.

In 2015, LATAM announced that Fortaleza could have been a Hub among Recife and Natal for an investment of air connections, so far nothing accomplished.

Air France-KLM and Gol Transportes Aéreos announced on September 25, 2017 a partnership of five weekly flights to Fortaleza operated by Joon and KLM. "Gol" distributes and collects passengers on the Brazilian air network.

On October 7, 2017, a Boeing 737-200, previously operated by TAF Linhas Aéreas and multiple other airlines, which had been abandoned at the airport since 2008, for almost 10 years, was bought by the German foreign ministry in July for about US$ 24,000. The aircraft was involved in the Lufthansa Flight 181 hijacking on 13 October 1977, which would be restored and displayed at the Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen from 2019 onwards. [5][6]

On January 2, 2018, Infraero handed the keys of the Airports of Fortaleza and Porto Alegre to Fraport. [7]

Up to April 27, 2018, the German concessionaire only replaced the lights on the water tank, cleaned the toilets, increased the Internet Velocity from 400 MB/s to 1 GB/s, repaired escalators and elevators, moved the Island Shops from main aisle to side and closed the Spotter area to set up their own offices. [8]


The company would also, as provided in the Compulsory Investment Program, expand the terminal and tracks, remodel taxi and traffic area, and redesign the airport road system, with a Viaduct [9], it would receive automatic baggage management, security control and new aircraft boarding bridges. Completion is expected October 26, 2019, though the program is delayed. In a statement, the company informed that minimum investments of R$ 600 million are foreseen in the airport, with a 5% increase in the movement of passengers. On April 27, 2018 started the beginning of the construction of the two-story terminal extension, which could be expanded in a "L" shape, which could handle 20 more aircraft with new bridges pier on the east side of current passenger terminal, after removing metal structures and partly destroying the unfinished building. [10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Avianca Brazil Bogotá, Brasília, Juazeiro do Norte, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Salvador, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belém, Belo Horizonte–Confins, Campinas, Cayenne, Goiânia, Imperatriz, Manaus, Natal, Porto Seguro, Recife, Salvador, São Luís, Teresina
Cabo Verde Airlines Sal
Condor Frankfurt
Copa Airlines Panama City[11]
Gol Airlines Aracaju, Belém, Brasília, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Córdoba, Maceió, Manaus, Miami (resumes November 4, 2018),[12][13] Natal, Orlando (resumes November 4, 2018),[13] Recife, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Salvador, Teresina, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Joon Paris–Charles de Gaulle[14]
KLM Amsterdam[15]
LATAM Brasil Belém, Brasília, Imperatriz, Miami, Natal, Orlando,[16] Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Salvador, São Luís, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Teresina
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon


LATAM Cargo Brasil Guayaquil, Manaus, Medelín, Miami, Panama City, Quito, Recife, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Modern Logistics Viracopos-Campinas
Sideral Air Cargo São Paulo–Guarulhos, Salvador
Total Cargo Belo Horizonte–Confins, Manaus, Salvador, São Paulo–Guarulhos


Aeroporto Internacional Pinto Martins
Year Passengers % difference Aircraft Movement % difference International Guests Rank Brazil
2003[17] 1.868.699 Steady 36.486 Steady 156.366 11
2004[18] 2.317.869 Increase 24.0% 39.618 Increase 8.5% 252.895 11
2005[19] 2.774.240 Increase 19.6% 42.537 Increase 7.3% 249.634 11
2006[20] 3.282.979 Increase 18.3% 46.567 Increase 9.4% 268.281 11
2007[21] 3.614.439 Increase 10.0% 47.226 Increase 1.4% 267.881 11
2008[22] 3.465.791 Decrease 4.1% 47.703 Increase 1.0% 242.908 11
2009[23] 4.211.651 Increase 21.5% 51.861 Increase 8.7% 223.899 11
2010[24] 5.072.786 Increase 20.4% 62.570 Increase 20.6% 229.463 12
2011[25] 5.649.604 Increase 11.4% 65.853 Increase 5.2% 232.550 12
2012[26] 5.964.223 Increase 5.6% 65.388 Decrease 0.7% 199.965 12
2013[27] 5.952.535 Decrease 0.20% 66.819 Increase 2.6% 207.207 12
2014 6.500.649 Increase 9,2 % 68.695 Increase 2,8 % 222.420 12
2015 6.347.543 Decrease 2% 61.556 Decrease 10% 219.126 12
2016 5.706.489 Decrease 10% 53.133 Decrease 14% 224.133 12

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Archived from the original on April 23, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 
  4. ^ Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (August 31, 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4. 
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  13. ^ a b "GOL resumes US service from Nov 2018 with 737 MAX 8". 17 March 2018. 
  14. ^ Air France outlines JOON operation from Dec 2017 Routesonline. 25 September 2017.
  15. ^ KLM Plans Fortaleza launch in May 2018 Routesonline. 26 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Latam anuncia Fortaleza-Orlando e Salvador-Miami; confira". 
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  20. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 8, 2007. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
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