Recife/Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport

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Recife International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional do Recife
Aeroporto Internacional de Guararapes.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Infraero
Serves Recife
Hub for Azul Brazilian Airlines
Elevation AMSL 10 m / 33 ft
Coordinates 08°07′35″S 034°55′22″W / 8.12639°S 34.92278°W / -8.12639; -34.92278Coordinates: 08°07′35″S 034°55′22″W / 8.12639°S 34.92278°W / -8.12639; -34.92278
Website Infraero REC
REC is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 7,776,881 Increase 14.3%
Aircraft Operations 74,211 Increase 5.2%
Metric tonnes of cargo 32,818 Increase 2.2%
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Recife International Airport (IATA: REC, ICAO: SBRF) is the airport of Recife, Pernambuco.

It is operated by Infraero.

Some of its facilities are shared with the Recife Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force.


Originally called Ibura Airport, the airport had its name changed to Guararapes Airport in 1948. The facility originated at the time of World War II, when a new airport was built to replace the earlier airfield, Parque do Encanta Moça. With the end of the War, the facility became strategically important as a technical and refueling stop on the route from South America to Europe.

On 18 January 1958, a new passenger terminal was inaugurated, replacing the original facility. During this time, runway 14/32 was extended from 1,800 m (5,906 ft) to 2,010 m (6,594 ft), and runway 18/36 was extended from 1,800 m to 2,400 m (7,874 ft).

In 1979, an agreement with Infraero was made in order to further develop the airport complex. The passenger terminal underwent its first major renovation in 1982 and another enlargement in 1990.

In 2004 a brand-new passenger terminal was built, including a new shopping mall, thus generating more traffic and revenue. Furthermore, a new concourse was opened in 2004 and the airport's capacity increased from 1.5 to 9 million passengers/year. Today, the runway is 3,300 meters (10,827 ft) long, the longest in Northeastern Brazil.

On 31 August 2009 Infraero unveiled a BRL 8.75 million (USD 4.6 million; EUR 3.2 million) investment plan to upgrade Guararapes International Airport, focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Recife being one of the venue cities. The investment was spent in finishing the passenger terminal renovation, installing 8 more jetways.[4] The work was completed on 1 July 2011, and the airport is now considered ready for the FIFA Cup.[5]

The Brazilian Integrated Air Traffic Control and Air Defense Center, section 3 (Cindacta III) is located in the vicinity of the airport.[6]

Connection center/HUB[edit]

Azul Airlines

In February 2016, the president of Azul Airlines and the governor of Pernambuco signed an agreement to install a connection center for the company at Recife airport. As of the agreement Azul went on to operate another 12 daily flights in Recife, which becomes the only city with direct flights to all capitals in the Brazilian Northeast. According to the president of the company, Antonoaldo Neves, of the approximately 1 million passengers transported by the company (until August 2016), 500 thousand made connections at Recife airport.

LATAM Airlines

In 2015, LATAM, the merger of the Brazilian TAM with the Chilean Lan, announced the airport of Recife as one of the competitors for its new HUB, competing with Fortaleza airport and Natal airport for investment. The announcement should have taken place at the end of 2015, but was postponed three times.[7] In March 2017 the company stated it would resume studies on creating a hub in the Northeast, and the investment size would be $1 billion to $1.5 billion.[8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Europa Madrid
Avianca Brasil Bogotá, Brasília, Petrolina, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Salvador, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Azul Brazilian Airlines Aracaju, Belém, Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasília, Campina Grande, Campinas, Córdoba, Curitiba, Fernando de Noronha, Fortaleza, Fort Lauderdale, Goiânia, Ilhéus, Imperatriz, Jericoacoara, João Pessoa, Juazeiro do Norte, Maceió, Manaus, Mossoró, Natal, Orlando–International, Parnaíba, Paulo Afonso, Petrolina, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Presidente Prudente, Ribeirão Preto, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Rosario, Salvador, Santarém, São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo–Guarulhos, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Luís, Teresina, Uberlândia
Cabo Verde Airlines Sal
Condor Frankfurt
Seasonal: Munich
Copa Airlines Panama City
Gol Linhas Aéreas Brasília, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Fernando de Noronha, Fortaleza, Montevideo, Porto Velho, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos, São Paulo–Congonhas
LATAM Brasil Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Fortaleza, Miami, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon


Public agencies[edit]

Bank services[edit]


Boarding area


Airport Station, connected to the terminal by a footbridge.


The main lines that serve the neighborhoods of Boa Viagem and Cidade Universitária in Recife and Piedade, neighborhood of the neighboring city Jaboatão dos Guararapes.


The airport is reachable by two entrances along the Marechal Mascarenhas de Moraes Avenue. The first is a direct entrance to the departure and arrivals area; the second being the entrance to the parking garage.


Taxi stands are available outside of the arrivals hall on both the North and South wings of the airport.


Uber operates in Recife and its metro area and a ride can be requested from the airport.

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 
  4. ^ Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (31 August 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4. 
  5. ^ "Infraero conclui obra no Aeroporto Internacional do Recife" (in Portuguese). Diário de Pernambuco. 1 July 2011. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Cindacta III" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Air Force: Departamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo DECEA. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
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