Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport

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Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional de Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães
Fachada Aeroporto de Salvador2.jpg
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Infraero, Vinci SA
Serves Salvador da Bahia
Focus city for Azul Brazilian Airlines
Elevation AMSL 20 m / 64 ft
Coordinates 12°54′31″S 038°19′21″W / 12.90861°S 38.32250°W / -12.90861; -38.32250Coordinates: 12°54′31″S 038°19′21″W / 12.90861°S 38.32250°W / -12.90861; -38.32250
SSA is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,005 9,859 Asphalt
17/35 1,520 4,987 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 7,526,358 Decrease 16.8%
Aircraft Operations 79,484 Decrease 18.2%
Metric tonnes of cargo 29,995 Increase 29.6%
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA: SSAICAO: SBSV), formerly called Dois de Julho International Airport is the airport serving Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Since 16 June 1998 the airport is named after Luís Eduardo Maron Magalhães (1955–1998), an influential politician of the state of Bahia.[4]

It is operated by Infraero.

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


The airport, originally called Santo Amaro do Ipitanga Airport, was founded in 1925. In 1941 Panair do Brasil participating in the World War II efforts with the support of the American and Brazilian governments completely rebuilt the facility.

On 20 December 1955, the airport had its name changed for the first time: it became known as Dois de Julho International Airport, celebrating Bahia Independence Day. This is still the name by which the population of Salvador da Bahia call the facility. On 16 June 1998 the airport name was again changed to its present form, honoring Luís Eduardo Maron Magalhães (1955–1998) an influential politician of the state of Bahia. This second change remains however controversial and there have been attempts to revert it.[5]

The airport is located in an area of more than 6 million square meters between sand dunes and native vegetation. The lush, bamboo-covered road to the airport has become one of the scenic attractions of Salvador da Bahia.

A brand new passenger terminal was opened in 1998, replacing the original outdated terminal. This new terminal continued to be upgraded and was completed by the end of year 2000. The main terminal, which includes a shopping mall has 69,400 m², 11 jetways and a capacity to handle 6,000,000 passengers/year. Traffic has been growing at an average of 14% per year.

On March 2017, Vinci SA purchased for R$ 2,35 billions ( 640 millions) the administration for 30 years.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Inside the airport.
Location of airport in Salvador in red.


Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Córdoba
Air Europa Madrid
Avianca Brazil Aracaju, Brasília, Fortaleza, Ilhéus, Maceió, Petrolina, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Azul Brazilian Airlines Barreiras, Belém, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Brasília, Campina Grande, Campinas, Curitiba, Feira de Santana, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Ilhéus, Lençóis, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Paulo Afonso, Petrolina, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, São Luís, Teresina, Vitória da Conquista
Gol Transportes Aéreos Aracaju, Belém, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campina Grande, Córdoba (Begins 1 July 2017),[7] Curitiba, Fortaleza, Ilhéus, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, São Luís, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Vitória
LATAM Brasil Belo Horizonte-Confins, Brasília, Fortaleza, João Pessoa, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Passaredo Linhas Aéreas Barreiras, Vitória da Conquista
TAP Portugal Lisbon


Airlines Destinations
Total Linhas Aéreas Belo Horizonte-Confins, Fortaleza, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Accidents with fatalities[edit]


  • 15 May 1973: a VASP Vickers Viscount registration PP-SRD was damaged beyond economic repair when it departed the runway on landing and the undercarriage collapsed.[13]


The airport is located 28 km (17 mi) north from downtown Salvador da Bahia.



On 31 August 2009 Infraero unveiled an ambitious BRL 5.3 billion (USD 2.8 billion, EUR 2.0 billion) investment plan to renovate and upgrade airports of ten cities focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which held in Brazil. At the occasion it was announced that even though Salvador da Bahia is one of the venue cities, the plan excluded its airport because renovations had been recently completed and Infraero considered the airport fit to handle the forthcoming increases in traffic.[14]


Vinci airports may consider reviewing all Facility, due the 30-year contract, assumed from Infraero and Anac.

Abandoned Aircraft[edit]

See also[edit]


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

  1. ^ "Estatísticas dos Aeroportos" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero. 
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 
  4. ^ "Lei n˚9.661, de 16 de junho de 1998" (in Portuguese). Lei Direto. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Projeto de lei 6106/2002" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Câmara dos Deputados do Brasil. 21 February 2002. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ GOL Adds Salvador da Bahía - Córdoba
  8. ^ "Accident description PP-PBH". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 June 2011. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Mais um Lodestar". 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. 69–72. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2. 
  10. ^ "Accident description FAB-2048". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Accident description FAB-2060". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Accident description FAB-7102". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Accident description PP-SRD". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 

External links[edit]

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