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Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães 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

Aeroporto Internacional de Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães
Fachada Aeroporto de Salvador2.jpg
Airport typePublic/Military
OperatorVinci SA
ServesSalvador, Bahia
Focus city forGol Airlines
Elevation AMSL20 m / 64 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 3,005 9,859 Asphalt
17/35 1,520 4,987 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers7,736,685 Increase 1.8%
Aircraft Operations77,424 Decrease 3.2%
Metric tonnes of cargo31,888 Increase 2.8%
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]
Location of airport in Salvador in red.
Bamboo Mainroad
Aerial View
Aerial View
Inside the airport
Rail to Airport

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A brand new passenger terminal was opened in 1998, replacing the original outdated terminal.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

Since the innovations are the withdrawal of three obsolete B737-200 VASP aircraft in the yard remained abandoned for 10 years, the first was withdrawn on 23 February 2018 and two more on 28 March 2018. The 3 aircraft were sold to the farms within São Paulo and Paraná. There is still a Beech 18 PT-KXE. Many of the old SATA and infraero equipments have been demolished and to be recycled.[7]

Duplication of the passenger terminal also to the existing one, forming 2 parallels, with same architecture.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Accidents and incidentsEdit

Accidents with fatalitiesEdit


  • 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.[14]


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 (US$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.[15]


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

See alsoEdit


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

  1. ^ "Estatísticas dos Aeroportos" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. 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. ^ Alves, Alan Tiago; Ribeiro, Rafaela (16 March 2017). "Aeroporto de Salvador vai a leilão e usuários esperam melhorias". Globo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 April 2018.
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  8. ^ "Sky Airline voará para Salvador a partir de dezembro" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Accident description PP-PBH". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 June 2011.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Accident description FAB-2048". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Accident description FAB-2060". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Accident description FAB-7102". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  14. ^ "Accident description PP-SRD". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  15. ^ "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009.

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