Salvador International Airport

Salvador – Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA: SSA, ICAO: SBSV), formerly called Dois de Julho International Airport is the airport serving Salvador, 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]

Salvador – Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport

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Aeroporto Internacional de Salvador – Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães
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Airport typePublic/Military
OperatorVinci SA
ServesSalvador da Bahia
Hub forGol Transportes Aéreos
Time zoneTime in Brazil (UTC−03:00)
Elevation AMSL20 m / 66 ft
Coordinates12°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 3,003 9,852 Asphalt
17/35 1,518 4,980 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers7,735,685 Increase 4%
Aircraft Operations81,470 Increase 6%
Statistics: Vinci[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]
Aerial View
View of check-in area
Departure lounge.

It is operated by Vinci SA.

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A brand new passenger terminal was opened in 1998, replacing the original outdated terminal.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.

Previously operated by Infraero, on 16 March 2017, the concession of the facility was won by Vinci SA, for which it paid R$ 2,35 billions ( 640 millions). The concession is for a period of 30 years.[6] The new concessionary plans to duplicate the passenger terminal.[7]

On 26 April 2018, the Aeroporto station on Line 2 of the Salvador Metro opened to the public.[8]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Abaeté Aviação Morro de São Paulo, Mucugê
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belo Horizonte–Confins, Campinas, Florianópolis, Goiânia, Ilhéus, Porto Seguro, Recife, Rio de Janeiro–Santos Dumont, São Paulo–Congonhas, Vitória, Vitória da Conquista
Gol Transportes Aéreos Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasília, Campinas, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Goiânia, João Pessoa, Maceió, Natal, Palmas, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Rio de Janeiro–Santos Dumont, São Luís, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Vitória
Gol Transportes Aéreos
operated by Voepass
Aracaju, Barreiras, Ilhéus, Petrolina, Porto Seguro, Vitória da Conquista
ITA Transportes Aéreos Brasília, Porto Seguro, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos
JetSmart Santiago de Chile (suspended)[9]
LATAM Brasil Brasília, Rio de Janeiro–Santos Dumont, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon[10]


Total Linhas Aéreas Belo Horizonte-Confins, Fortaleza, São Paulo-Guarulhos
LATAM Cargo Brasil Campinas, Miami
Sideral Air Cargo São Paulo–Guarulhos

Accidents and incidentsEdit

Accidents with fatalitiesEdit


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

A free shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes from 5am to 1am to Aeroporto station on the Salvador Metro, which connects to downtown Salvador at Lapa.[13]

See alsoEdit


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

  1. ^ "Operational Data". Vinci (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Salvador Bahia Airport". Vinci (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Aeródromos". ANAC (in Portuguese). 29 June 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Lei n˚9.661, de 16 de junho de 1998". Lei Direto (in Portuguese). 16 June 2009. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Projeto de lei 6106/2002" (PDF). Câmara dos Deputados do Brasil (in Portuguese). 21 February 2002. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  6. ^ Alves, Alan Tiago; Ribeiro, Rafaela (16 March 2017). "Aeroporto de Salvador vai a leilão e usuários esperam melhorias". Globo (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2 April 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  7. ^ "VINCI Airports wins the concession for Salvador's airport in Brazil". VINCI. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Estação aeroporto do metrô de Salvador é inaugurada". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  9. ^ "JetSmart volta a operar voo direto entre Salvador e Santiago". Panrotas (in Portuguese). 30 December 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Operação TAP: De volta a ligá-lo ao mundo". TAP Air Portugal (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Accident description PP-PBH". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Estação Aeroporto | CCR Metrô Bahia". Retrieved 1 August 2021.

External linksEdit

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