Greater Natal International Airport

Rio Grande do Norte/São Gonçalo do Amarante–Governador Aluízio Alves International Airport (IATA: NAT, ICAO: SBSG) is an airport in São Gonçalo do Amarante, Brazil serving Natal and its metropolitan area.[4]

São Gonçalo do Amarante–Governador Aluízio Alves International Airport

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Aeroporto Internacional de São Gonçalo do Amarante–Governador Aluízio Alves
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Airport typePublic
LocationSão Gonçalo do Amarante, Brazil
OpenedMay 31, 2014 (2014-05-31)
Time zoneTime in Brazil (UTC−03:00)
Elevation AMSL83 m / 272 ft
Coordinates05°46′08″S 035°21′59″W / 5.76889°S 35.36639°W / -5.76889; -35.36639Coordinates: 05°46′08″S 035°21′59″W / 5.76889°S 35.36639°W / -5.76889; -35.36639
NAT is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,000 9,842 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passengers1,185,208 Decrease 49%
Aircraft operations9,852 Decrease 45%
Metric tonnes of cargo5,636 Decrease 57%
Statistics: Inframérica[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

The airport is administrated by Consortium Inframérica.


Governador Aluízio Alves International Airport is a new airport complex in São Gonçalo do Amarante, near Natal, Brazil,[5] built to replace Augusto Severo International Airport. Planning for the airport started in 2007 envisioning concepts of an intermodal airport, focusing both on passenger and cargo transportation.[6] The complex is expected to have the highest aircraft traffic in the Northeast.[7]

On May 12, 2011, the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) released a document opening the concession of the airport to private entrepreneurs.[8] The auction to choose the winner took place on August 22, 2011.[9] The winner was an Inframérica Consortium, formed by the Brazilian Engineering Group Engevix[10] (50%) and the Argentinean Group Corporación América[11] (50%).[12][13]

After the signature of the contract of concession, works of the passenger and cargo terminals started. Inframérica Consortium had three years to build the terminals and is authorized to commercially explore the facility for 25 years (with one possible five-year extension). Differently from other Infraero airports in process of privatization, in which Infraero retains 49% of the shares, in the case of Natal Consórcio Inframérica got 100% of the shares. On February 6, 2012 Consortium Inframérica also won the concession of Brasília–Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport.[14]

The airport was opened for operations on May 31, 2014, when airlines moved their domestic operations to this facility. International operations were moved a few days later.[15] The airport is the first airport in Brazil operated by a private sector company.[16]

On March 10, 2021, it was announced that the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil had approved a new concession process for the airport, as per a request from the concessionary Consortium Inframérica made on March 5, 2020. It was expected that a new bidding would take place in 2021.[17]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Azul Brazilian Airlines Belo Horizonte-Confins, Campinas, Mossoró, Recife
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
ITA Transportes Aéreos Fortaleza, São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Brasil Brasília, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon[18]


Annual passenger traffic at SBSG SBNT airports. See source Wikidata query.
Busiest domestic routes from NAT (2020)[19]
Rank City Passengers Change 2019/2020 Carriers
1 São Paulo-Guarulhos, SP 255,021  042.21% Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil
2 Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, RJ 88,218  051.82% GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil
3 Brasília, DF 85,536  041.74% GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil
4 Recife, PE 53,495  038.52% Azul Brazilian Airlines
5 Fortaleza, CE 29,024  078.15% GOL Airlines, LATAM Brazil, Voepass
6 Salvador, BA 23,279  042.62% GOL Airlines
7 Campinas, SP 15,584  034.58% Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines
8 São Paulo-Congonhas, SP 11,819  029.38% GOL Airlines
9 Belo Horizonte-Confins, MG 7,258  075.30% Azul Brazilian Airlines
10 Goiânia, GO 2,786  015.14% Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines
Busiest international routes from NAT (2020)[19]
Rank Airport Passengers Change 2019/2020 Carriers
1 Lisbon, Portugal 9,669  072.57% TAP Portugal
2 Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Argentina 2,653  061.88% GOL Airlines
3 Amsterdam, Países Baixos 1,689  035.34% Corendon Dutch Airlines


The airport is located 25 km (16 mi) from downtown Natal.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Estatísticas". Inframérica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Aeroporto de Natal". Inframérica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Aeródromos". ANAC (in Portuguese). 29 June 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Lei n 12.920 de 24 de dezembro de 2013" (in Portuguese). Presidência da República. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Nelson Tavares diz que aeroporto de São Gonçalo fica pronto até 2014" (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  6. ^ Larissa, Karla (July 15, 2007). "ZPE: desenvolvimento econômico do agronegócio a alta tecnologia" (in Portuguese). Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  7. ^ "Estudo de viablidade do aeroporto será concluído em 6 meses" (in Portuguese). January 12, 2010. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  8. ^ "Regulatory Model: Concession of São Gonçalo do Amarante International Airport" (PDF). ANAC. June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  9. ^ "Comissão de licitação: Comunicado n. 20/2011" (PDF) (in Portuguese). ANAC. July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  10. ^ Engevix
  11. ^ Corporación América
  12. ^ Guimarães, Ligia (August 22, 2011). "Consórcio Inframérica vence leilão de aeroporto São Gonçalo do Amarante" (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
  13. ^ Pupo, Fábio (August 23, 2011). "Engevix leva aeroporto e já olha novos terminais" (in Portuguese). ValorOnline. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  14. ^ Rittner, Daniel (February 7, 2012). "Cumbica, Viracopos e Brasília são privatizados" (in Portuguese). Valor Econômico. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  15. ^ "Veja fotos do aeroporto de São Gonçalo do Amarante" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  16. ^ "Primeiro aeroporto privado está em Natal" (in Portuguese). Estadão. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  17. ^ "Minutas de edital e contrato para relicitação do Aeroporto de Natal vão à consulta pública". Ministério da Infraestrutura (in Portuguese). 9 March 2021. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  18. ^ "Tap retoma voo direto entre Lisboa e Natal em novembro". Panrotas (in Portuguese). 21 October 2021. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  19. ^ a b "Dados Estatísticos".