Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport

Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport (IATA: SLZ, ICAO: SBSL), formerly called Tirirical Airport, is the airport serving São Luís, Brazil. Since 17 October 1985 the airport is named after Marechal Cunha Machado.[4]

Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport

Aeroporto Internacional Marechal Cunha Machado
Airport typePublic
OperatorInfraero / CCR
ServesSão Luís
Time zoneTime in Brazil (UTC−03:00)
Elevation AMSL54 m / 178 ft
Coordinates02°35′13″S 044°14′10″W / 2.58694°S 44.23611°W / -2.58694; -44.23611Coordinates: 02°35′13″S 044°14′10″W / 2.58694°S 44.23611°W / -2.58694; -44.23611
SLZ is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,385 7,825 Asphalt
09/27 1,464 4,803 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passengers832,433 Decrease 50%
Aircraft Operations12,282 Decrease 31%
Metric tonnes of cargo2,526 Decrease 53%
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

It is operated by Infraero and CCR.


In 1942, a grass track measuring one thousand meters (runway 09/27), which served the airbase of the Brazilian Army, was the only way that São Luís had to receive flights. Runway 06/24 was built as part of the US base which began operating in 1943. In 1974, the Air Ministry transferred to Infraero technical jurisdiction, administrative and operational airport. The new terminal of the airport Marechal Cunha Machado was opened in June 1998. The name of the airport is a tribute to the Air Marshall and Captain Lieutenant Commander Hugo da Cunha Machado, born in Maranhão. In October 2004 it was upgraded to international category.

Previously operated by Infraero, on April 7, 2021 CCR won a 30-year concession to operate the airport.[5]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Azul Brazilian Airlines Belém, Belo Horizonte–Confins, Carajás, Recife
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília, Fortaleza, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Brasil Brasília, São Paulo–Guarulhos

Accidents and incidentsEdit


The airport is located 15 km (9 mi) from downtown São Luís.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Estatísticas". Infraero (in Portuguese). 10 February 2021. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Aeroporto Internacional Marechal Cunha Machado". Infraero (in Portuguese). Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Aeródromos". ANAC (in Portuguese). 29 June 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Lei n˚7.383, de 17 de outubro de 1985" (in Portuguese). Senado Federal. 17 October 1985. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Governo federal arrecada R$ 3,3 bilhões com leilão de 22 aeroportos". Agência Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Accident description PP-PDX". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  7. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "O mistério do Tirirical". 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. 279–284. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
  8. ^ "Incident description 3 February 1984". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 4 August 2011.

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