Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport

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Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Pinto Martins – Fortaleza
Visao externa do aeroporto de Fortaleza.jpg
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Infraero
Serves Fortaleza
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 Infraero FOR
FOR is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,545 8,350 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 6,347,543
Aircraft Operations 61,556
Metric tonnes of cargo 47,087
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport (IATA: FORICAO: 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 and Rio de Janeiro. It is operated by Infraero. Some of its facilities are shared with the Fortaleza Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force.


The airport has 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 the 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.

Since January 7, 1974 the airport is operated by Infraero and in 1997 it was upgraded to international category.

In February 1998 a new passenger terminal was opened. On August 31, 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL525 million (USD276.6 million; EUR193.8 million) investment plan to up-grade Pinto Martins International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Brazil, Fortaleza being one of the venue cities. The investment will be distributed in the renovation and enlargement of passenger terminal, apron, and parking with completion due in November 2013.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Avianca Brazil Bogotá, Brasília, Juazeiro do Norte, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belém, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Campinas, Cayenne, Goiânia, Imperatriz, Natal, Porto Seguro, Recife, Salvador da Bahia, São Luís, Teresina
Condor Frankfurt
Gol Airlines Belém, Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Manaus, Natal, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos
LATAM Brasil Belém, Brasília, Imperatriz, Miami, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Salvador da Bahia, São Luís, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Teresina
Meridiana Milan-Malpensa
TACV Praia
TAP Portugal Lisbon


Airlines Destinations
LATAM Cargo Brasil Guayaquil, Manaus, Medellín, Miami, Recife, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Panama City–Tocumen, Quito
Total Linhas Aéreas Belo Horizonte-Confins, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • June 8, 1982: a VASP Boeing 727–212 registration PP-SRK operating flight 168 from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão to Fortaleza collided with a mountain while on approach to Fortaleza. The captain descended below a minimum descent altitude. All 137 passengers and crew died.[5][6]
  • October 21, 1998: an Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia, registration PT-WKH, crashed on short finals to runway 13. The aircraft was arriving from Teresina, carrying medical supplies. Three people on board were killed, and one woman on the ground was also killed.[citation needed]


The airport is located 6 km (4 mi) south of downtown Fortaleza.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero. 
  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. 
  5. ^ "Accident description PP-SRK". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "VASP 168". 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. 318–326. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2. 

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