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Eduardo Gomes International Airport

Manaus International Airport – Eduardo Gomes (IATA: MAO, ICAO: SBEG) is the airport serving Manaus, Brazil. It is named after Brazilian politician and military figure Air Marshal Eduardo Gomes (1896–1981).

Manaus International Airport – Eduardo Gomes

Aeroporto Internacional de Manaus – Eduardo Gomes
Logo Infraero.png
Airport typePublic
ServesManaus metropolitan area
LocationManaus, AM, Brazil
OpenedMarch 26, 1976 (1976-03-26)
Hub for
Focus city forAzul Brazilian Airlines
Time zoneTime in Brazil (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL80 m / 264 ft
Coordinates03°02′28″S 060°03′02″W / 3.04111°S 60.05056°W / -3.04111; -60.05056Coordinates: 03°02′28″S 060°03′02″W / 3.04111°S 60.05056°W / -3.04111; -60.05056
WebsiteInfraero MAO
MAO is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,700 8,858 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers2,827,615 Increase 6.9%
Aircraft Operations39,199 Increase 5.9%
Metric tonnes of cargo111,966 Decrease 0.5%
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2]ANAC[3]


Terminal 1
View of Eduardo Gomes International Airport's runway 11 with TAM Airlines Airbus A330-200 holding short. Manaus city center is at the background

Manaus International Airport replaced Ponta Pelada Airport as the main public airport of Manaus in 1976. Ponta Pelada was then given the name Manaus Air Force Base and began handling exclusively military operations.[4]

The construction of the airport began in 1972 and it was officially inaugurated on 31 March 1976 by a domestic flight operated by a Boeing 727-100 of Cruzeiro do Sul air services and the crew commanded by captain Netto, first officer Alves and second officer Rodrigues. It was then the most modern airport in Brazil and the first one to operate with jet bridges. Though originally planned to be named Supersonic Airport of Manaus, it had its official name changed to Eduardo Gomes by the law 5.967 of 11 December 1973.[5]

The airport has two passenger terminal buildings. Passenger Terminal 1 receives domestic and international flights and Passenger Terminal 2, opened on 12 March 1985, receives general aviation and some regional flights. Furthermore, the airport has three cargo terminals, opened in 1976, 1980 and 2004. They have a total area of 49,000 square metres (530,000 sq ft) and can process up to 12,000 t/month of cargo. Cargo Terminals 1 and 2 handle goods for export and Cargo Terminal 3 for import.[6]

On 31 August 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL793.5 million (US$316.1 million; EUR292.2 million) investment plan to upgrade Eduardo Gomes International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Brazil, Manaus being one of the venue cities. The investment was invested as follows:[7]

  • Enlargement of apron and existing runway. Construction of second runway. Value BRL600.0. Completion: July 2013
  • Enlargement and renovation of the passenger terminal. Value BRL193.5. Completion: December 2013

Even though the World Cup started in June 2014, the airport's refurbishment was not completed in time for the event; however, the works being held at the airport did not interfere in the airport's activities throughout the World Cup.

In terms of cargo handled, Manaus is the third-busiest in Brazil, behind São Paulo-Guarulhos and Campinas.[citation needed]

The Brazilian Integrated Air Traffic Control and Air Defense Center section 4 (Cindacta IV) is located in the vicinity of the airport.[8]

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The airport is located 14 km (9 mi) north of downtown Manaus.

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  1. ^ "Estatísticas". Infraero (in Portuguese). 7 May 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Aeroporto Internacional Eduardo Gomes". Infraero (in Portuguese). Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos". ANAC (in Portuguese).
  4. ^ "Base Aérea de Manaus e 1°/9° GAv completam 39 anos de apoio à Amazônia" (in Portuguese). Força Aérea Brasileira. 14 April 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Histórico" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Aeroporto Internacional Eduardo Gomes-Manaus" (in Portuguese). Infraero. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  7. ^ Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (31 August 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4.
  8. ^ "Cindacta IV" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Air Force: Departamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo DECEA. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Manaus ganha voo direto da Gol para Orlando" (in Portuguese). UOL. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  10. ^ Cooper, Tom (1 September 2003). "Central and Latin America Database: Nicaragua 1980–1988". Air Combat Information Group. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Incident description 6 March 1991". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Incident description 15 December 1994". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  13. ^ "Accident description PT-WRO". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 14 July 2011.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Eduardo Gomes-Manaus International Airport at Wikimedia Commons