Santa Maria Airport (Sergipe)
|Aracaju–Santa Maria Airport
Aeroporto Aracaju–Santa Maria
|Elevation AMSL||7 m / 23 ft|
The airport is under reform. From 2014 until now, there has been a controversial movement around changes on the airport naming rights. Aiming to honor the then PT governor Marcelo Deda, who died in December 2013 in full respect of its mandate, the act play on changing names seeks to recognize one of the greatest institutional reformers on state of Sergipe history. This scene has strained the local political mood through the possibility for the also appointment of parliamentary Pedro Valadares who died in the same accident with then 2014 presidential candidate Eduardo Campos.
More recently other more traditional namesless political and, the ones truly representative of local culture, have also been mentioned such as Silvio Romero and Tobias Barreto. Symptomatic parliamentary resistance by making the naming exchange has enraged some religious groups that have stated that public goods must represent all society and not to favor one particular group over others. They argue, therefore, that more impartiality is needed to local public goods regarding as, for example, its cultural projections. Indeed, it is also undeniable that the current naming rights do not even have specific representation of local culture but of a certain hegemonic roman-catholic group that arbitrary commands 'under the table' major public local goods.
Although it had been in operation since the beginning of the 1950s, the official inauguration of the airport took place on 19 January 1958.
In 1961 began the first renovation of the airport complex, with an extension of the runway and enlargement of the passenger terminal.
In 1975 Infraero became the administrator of the airport, which later invested in further extension of the runway (completed in 1993) and in great enlargement of the passenger terminal (completed in 1998).
In 2012 the airport has already started the last extension through the construction of a completely new passenger terminal which will double its capacity.
Airlines and destinations
|Avianca Brazil||Brasília, São Paulo-Guarulhos|
|Azul Brazilian Airlines||Campinas, , Recife|
|Gol Airlines||Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos|
|LATAM Brasil||Brasília, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos|
Accidents and incidents
- 12 July 1951: a Lóide Aéreo Nacional Douglas DC-3/C-47 registration PP-LPG, still registered under Linhas Aéreas Paulistas – LAP, flying from Maceió to Aracaju, after aborting a landing in adverse conditions in Aracaju, overflew the runway and initiated a turn in low altitude to the right. The aircraft crashed during this turn. All 33 passengers and crew died, including the Governor of the state of Rio Grande do Norte Jerônimo Dix-sept Rosado Maia.
The airport is located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from downtown Aracaju and 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) from Atalaia Beach.
- "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero.
- "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC.
- "Aracaju airport has already have a schedule to initiate its extension". Sergipe news agency. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- "Accident description PP-LPG". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Linhas Aéreas Paulistas". 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. 108–111. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.