Fortaleza-Pinto Martins International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional de Fortaleza-Pinto Martins
|Airport type||Public & Military|
|Focus city for||Gol Transportes Aéreos|
|Time zone||Time in Brazil (UTC−03:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||25 m / 82 ft|
Fortaleza-Pinto Martins International Airport (IATA: FOR, ICAO: SBFZ) is the international airport serving Fortaleza, Brazil, operated by Fraport Brasil. 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 facilities are shared with Fortaleza Air Force Base.
The airport had its origins on a runway built in the 1930s and used by Ceará Flying School until 2000.
On May 13, 1952, the original name, Cocorote Airport, was changed to its present name paying tribute to Ceará-born aviator Euclides Pinto Martins. In 1966 a passenger terminal and apron were built. On the north area, this former passenger terminal now serves as a General Aviation Terminal for private aircraft, where general aviation, executive, and air taxi operations occur.
From January 7, 1974, to December 31, 2017, the facility was operated by Infraero, and in 1997 it was upgraded to an international category (Portaria 393 GM5, of June 9, 1997). Through a partnership between Infraero, federal government and state government, a 35,000 m² passenger terminal was built in the southern area and dedicated in February 1998. It has 3.8 million passengers per year, 14 aircraft parking positions, and automation systems.
On March 16, 2017, it was auctioned 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, and the 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. On January 2, 2018, the airport started to be administrated by Fraport.
In February 1998 a new passenger terminal was opened in south area. On August 31, 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL 525 million (US$ 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.
In November 2018, it was reported the structure construction of the terminal extension was 37 % complete. In April 2019, the expansion construction was 60% completed after one year of work.
The company provided expansion of terminal and tracks, remodeled taxi and traffic area, and redesigned the airport road system, with a Viaduct, received automatic baggage management, security control and new aircraft boarding bridges. On April 27, 2018 started the beginning of the construction of the two-story terminal extension with completion expected to April 14, 2020. More than R$ 1 billion was invested till 2021. On June 25, 2019 a 60 clerk Check-in area was opened, with 40 domestic to Azul, Gol, Latam and 20 international to Air France, KLM and Tap, in which 78 % of works were concluded. On 15 October 2019, 92 % was concluded.
In site, even after 20 years of bankruptcy TAF, 3 B737-200, 2 B727-100 cargo and 1 Police small aircraft still remain in several poor conditions among old removed fingers of terminal, without proper recycling.
Airlines and destinations
|Air France||Paris–Charles de Gaulle (resumes 22 October 2021)|
|Azul Brazilian Airlines & operated by Azul Conecta||Belém, Belo Horizonte–Confins, Campinas, Recife, Seasonal: Jericoacoara|
|Gol Transportes Aéreos||Belém, Brasília, Juazeiro do Norte, Manaus, Natal, Recife, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Salvador da Bahia, São Luís, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Teresina|
|ITA Transportes Aéreos||Natal, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos|
|LATAM Brasil||Belém, Brasília, Manaus, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Teresina|
|TAP Air Portugal||Lisbon|
|Year||Passengers||% Difference||Aircraft Movement||% Difference||International Guests|
|2004||2.317.869||24.0 %||39.618||8.5 %||252.895|
|2005||2.774.240||19.6 %||42.537||7.3 %||249.634|
|2006||3.282.979||18.3 %||46.567||9.4 %||268.281|
|2007||3.614.439||10.0 %||47.226||1.4 %||267.881|
|2008||3.465.791||4.1 %||47.703||1.0 %||242.908|
|2009||4.211.651||21.5 %||51.861||8.7 %||223.899|
|2010||5.072.786||20.4 %||62.570||20.6 %||229.463|
|2011||5.649.604||11.4 %||65.853||5.2 %||232.550|
|2012||5.964.223||5.6 %||65.388||0.7 %||199.965|
|2013||5.952.535||0.2 %||66.819||2.6 %||207.207|
|2014||6.500.649||9.2 %||68.695||2.8 %||222.420|
|2015||6.347.543||2.0 %||61.556||10.0 %||219.126|
|2016||5.706.489||10.0 %||53.133||14.0 %||224.133|
|2017||5.935.288||4.0 %||54.177||1.7 %||247.958|
|2018||6.648.967||12.0 %||57.465||9.9 %||402.286|
|2019||7.211.701||8.5 %||59.693||3.9 %||557.107|
|2020||3.103.551||56.9 %||32.897||44.9 %||133.873|
|2021||2.405.914||22.5 %||20.514||37.6 %||14.462 until 07.2021|
The airport is located 6 km (4 mi) south of downtown Fortaleza.
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