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Fortaleza International Airport (IATA: FOR, ICAO: SBFZ) is the international airport serving Fortaleza, Brazil, operated by Fraport, located 11 km (7 mi) south of downtown Fortaleza. It was named after Euclides Pinto Martins (1892–1924) a Ceará-born aviator, who in 1922 was one of the pioneers of the air-link between New York City and Rio de Janeiro.[4] Fortaleza Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force is at north areal.

Fortaleza International Airport

Aeroporto Internacional Fortaleza
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Summary
Airport typePublic & Military
Owner/OperatorFraport
ServesFortaleza
Hub forGol Airlines
Focus city forLATAM Brasil
Elevation AMSL25 m / 82 ft
Coordinates03°46′33″S 038°31′56″W / 3.77583°S 38.53222°W / -3.77583; -38.53222Coordinates: 03°46′33″S 038°31′56″W / 3.77583°S 38.53222°W / -3.77583; -38.53222
WebsiteFortaleza Airport
Map
FOR is located in Brazil
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Location in Brazil
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,755 8,350 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers6.648.967 Increase 12.0 %
Aircraft Operations57.465 Increase 9.9 %
Metric tonnes of cargo40,935 Decrease 4.3%
Statistics: Fraport[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

HistoryEdit

The airport had its origins on a runway built in the 1930s and which was used by the Ceará Flying School until 2000.

During World War II, the airport was an important allied base supporting Southern Atlantic operations.

On May 13, 1952 the original name, Cocorote Airport, was changed to its present name. In 1966 a passenger terminal and apron were built. Those facilities are now used by general aviation operations.

From January 7, 1974 to December 31, 2017 it was operated by Infraero and in 1997 it was upgraded to international category.

In February 1998 a new passenger terminal was opened in south area. On August 31, 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL 525 million (US$ 276.6 million, EUR 193.8 million) investment plan to upgrade the International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Brazil, Fortaleza being one of the venue cities. The investment was distributed in the renovation and enlargement of passenger terminal, apron, and parking with completion due in November 2013, however after abandoned. Just a removable Tent was made.[5]

Through a partnership between Infraero, federal government and state government, the 35,000 m² passenger terminal was built in the southern area, inaugurated in February 1998, by Governor Tasso Jereissati, whose capacity was 3.8 million passengers per year, 14 aircraft parking positions and with automation systems, being classified as International in 1997 (Portaria 393 GM5, of June 9, 1997). It was auctioned on March 16, 2017 to the consortium Fraport AG of Frankfurt, Germany for R$ 425 million for use for 30 years. Among the established in the contract is the reform of the current terminal and termination of the attached work, abandoned by Infraero, as well as increase of the only runway. From June 2017 to 2018 both companies run the entire airport, as of 2018, it manages the airport entirely in its operations. The contract signed on July 28, 2017 says to renew and complete the investments of Infraero for the passenger terminal and the lengthening of the single runway.

The former passenger terminal, on the north area, serves as a General Aviation Terminal (TAG) for private aircraft, where it operates small general aviation, executive and air taxi.

In 2015, LATAM announced that Fortaleza could have been a Hub among Recife and Natal for an investment of air connections, so far nothing accomplished.

Air France-KLM and Gol Transportes Aéreos announced on September 25, 2017 a partnership of five weekly flights to Fortaleza operated by Joon and KLM. "Gol" distributes and collects passengers on the Brazilian air network.

On January 2, 2018, Infraero handed the keys of the Airports of Fortaleza and Porto Alegre to Fraport.[6]

Up to April 27, 2018, the German concessionaire replaced the lights sign on the water tank, cleaned the toilets, increased the internet velocity from 400 Mbit/s to 1 GB/s, repaired escalators and elevators, moved the Island Shops from main aisle to side and closed the Observation area to set up their own offices.[7]

In November 2018, it was reported the structure construction of terminal extension was 37% complete.[8] In April 2019, the expansion construction was 60% completed after one year of work. The airport lost 40% of international flights with Gol, Condor, and Copa, and even lost Avianca Brazil flights.[9]

The company provided expansion of terminal and tracks, remodeled taxi and traffic area, and redesigned the airport road system, with a Viaduct,[10] received automatic baggage management, security control and new aircraft boarding bridges. On April 27, 2018 started the beginning of the construction of the two-story terminal extension with completion expected to April 14, 2020. More than R$ 1 billion was invested till 2021.[11] On June 25, 2019 a 60 clerk Check-in area was opened, with 40 domestic to Azul, Gol, Latam and 20 international to Air France, KLM and Tap, in which 78 % of works were concluded.[12] On 15 October 2019, 92 % was concluded and on 26 October 2019 the last flght of a quadjet, a A340-300 Joon flew there. Since then, only twinjets flew the airport.[13]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Aeroporto Internacional Pinto Martins
Year Passengers % Difference Aircraft Movement % Difference International Guests Rank Brazil
2003 1.868.699   36.486   156.366 11
2004 2.317.869   24.0 % 39.618   08.5 % 252.895 11
2005 2.774.240   19.6 % 42.537   07.3 % 249.634 11
2006 3.282.979   18.3 % 46.567   09.4 % 268.281 11
2007 3.614.439   10.0 % 47.226   01.4 % 267.881 11
2008 3.465.791   04.1 % 47.703   01.0 % 242.908 11
2009 4.211.651   21.5 % 51.861   08.7 % 223.899 11
2010 5.072.786   20.4 % 62.570   20.6 % 229.463 12
2011 5.649.604   11.4 % 65.853   05.2 % 232.550 12
2012 5.964.223   05.6 % 65.388   00.7 % 199.965 12
2013 5.952.535   00.2 % 66.819   02.6 % 207.207 12
2014 6.500.649   09.2 % 68.695   02.8 % 222.420 12
2015 6.347.543   02.0 % 61.556   10.0 % 219.126 12
2016 5.706.489   10.0 % 53.133   14.0 % 224.133 12
2017 5.935.288   04.0 % 54.177   01.7 % 247.958 12

Accidents and incidentsEdit

AccessEdit

The airport is located 6 km (4 mi) south of downtown Fortaleza.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Estatísticas" (PDF). Fraport (in Portuguese). Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Fortaleza Airport". Fraport. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC.
  4. ^ "Lei No 1.602, de 13 de maio de 1952". Palácio do Planalto (in Portuguese). May 13, 1952. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  5. ^ Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (August 31, 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4.
  6. ^ http://www.focus.jor.br/economia/fraport-recebe-as-chaves-do-aeroporto-de-fortaleza/
  7. ^ http://diariodonordeste.verdesmares.com.br/cadernos/negocios/fraport-conclui-obras-imediatas-e-foca-na-expansao-do-embarque-1.191769
  8. ^ https://www.panrotas.com.br/aviacao/aeroportos/2018/11/aeroporto-de-fortaleza-conclui-37-das-obras-veja-novidades_160532.html
  9. ^ https://diariodonordeste.verdesmares.com.br/editorias/negocios/problemas-com-boeing-737-max-prejudicam-novas-rotas-no-ce-1.2086033
  10. ^ https://www.opovo.com.br/noticias/economia/2018/04/comeca-movimentacao-de-maquinas-para-expansao-do-aeroporto-de-fortalez.html
  11. ^ "Fraport custeia vnda de juiz" (in Portuguese). diario do nordeste. 2018.
  12. ^ "Novo check-in é liberado" (in Portuguese). diario do nordeste. June 24, 2019.
  13. ^ https://diariodonordeste.verdesmares.com.br/editorias/negocios/online/aeroporto-tem-92-de-obras-concluidas-veja-imagens-da-ampliacao-do-terminal-1.2161789
  14. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air Europa adds Fortaleza service from Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  15. ^ "Accident description PP-SRK". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  16. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "VASP 168". 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. 318–326. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.

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