Fortaleza International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Fortaleza
|Airport type||Public & Military|
|Focus city for||Gol Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||25 m / 82 ft|
Fortaleza International Airport (IATA: FOR, ICAO: SBFZ) is the international airport serving Fortaleza, Brazil, operated by Fraport, located 11 km (7 mi) south of downtown Fortaleza. It was 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.
The airport had its origins on a runway built in the 1930s and which was used by the Ceará Flying School until 2000.
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 (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.
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 was 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 € 20,000. The aircraft was involved in the Lufthansa Flight 181 hijacking on 13 October 1977, which could be restored and displayed at the Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen from 2022 onwards, but it was stored for long time dismounted in a hangar. It is still seven obsolete aircraft abandoned at field, two B727, three B737, PA-28 and EMB-110.
On January 2, 2018, Infraero handed the keys of the Airports of Fortaleza and Porto Alegre to Fraport.
Up to April 27, 2018, the German concessionaire replaced the lights sign on the water tank, cleaned the toilets, increased the internet velocity from 400 Mbit/s to 1 GB/s, repaired escalators and elevators, moved the Island Shops from main aisle to side and closed the Observation area to set up their own offices.
In November 2018, it was reported the structure construction of terminal extension was 37% complete. In April 2019, the expansion construction was 60% completed after one year of work. The airport lost 40% of international flights with Gol, Condor, and Copa, and even lost Avianca Brazil flights.
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.
Airlines and destinations
|LATAM Cargo Brasil||Guayaquil, Manaus, Medelín, Miami, Panama City, Quito, Recife, São Paulo–Guarulhos|
|Modern Logistics||Viracopos-Campinas (Charter)|
|Sideral Air Cargo||São Paulo–Guarulhos, Salvador|
|Year||Passengers||% Difference||Aircraft Movement||% Difference||International Guests||Rank Brazil|
|2004||2.317.869||24.0 %||39.618||08.5 %||252.895||11|
|2005||2.774.240||19.6 %||42.537||07.3 %||249.634||11|
|2006||3.282.979||18.3 %||46.567||09.4 %||268.281||11|
|2007||3.614.439||10.0 %||47.226||01.4 %||267.881||11|
|2008||3.465.791||04.1 %||47.703||01.0 %||242.908||11|
|2009||4.211.651||21.5 %||51.861||08.7 %||223.899||11|
|2010||5.072.786||20.4 %||62.570||20.6 %||229.463||12|
|2011||5.649.604||11.4 %||65.853||05.2 %||232.550||12|
|2012||5.964.223||05.6 %||65.388||00.7 %||199.965||12|
|2013||5.952.535||00.2 %||66.819||02.6 %||207.207||12|
|2014||6.500.649||09.2 %||68.695||02.8 %||222.420||12|
|2015||6.347.543||02.0 %||61.556||10.0 %||219.126||12|
|2016||5.706.489||10.0 %||53.133||14.0 %||224.133||12|
|2017||5.935.288||04.0 %||54.177||01.7 %||247.958||12|
Accidents and incidents
- 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 25 km (16 mi) south to airport. Aircraft descended too low during approach. All 137 passengers and crew died.
- "Estatísticas" (PDF). Fraport (in Portuguese). Retrieved September 19, 2019.
- "Fortaleza Airport". Fraport. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
- "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC.
- "Lei No 1.602, de 13 de maio de 1952". Palácio do Planalto (in Portuguese). May 13, 1952. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
- Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (August 31, 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4.
- "Fraport custeia vnda de juiz" (in Portuguese). diario do nordeste. 2018.
- "Novo check-in é liberado" (in Portuguese). diario do nordeste. June 24, 2019.
- Liu, Jim. "Air Europa adds Fortaleza service from Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
- "Accident description PP-SRK". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
- 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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Aeroporto Internacional Pinto Martins.|
- Airport information for SBFZ at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for SBFZ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- Current weather for SBFZ at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for FOR at Aviation Safety Network