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Recife/Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport

Recife/Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport (IATA: REC, ICAO: SBRF) is the airport serving Recife, Brazil.

Aeroporto Internacional do Recife/Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre

Recife/Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional de Guararapes.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorAENA
ServesRecife
Hub forAzul Brazilian Airlines
Elevation AMSL10 m / 33 ft
Coordinates08°07′35″S 034°55′22″W / 8.12639°S 34.92278°W / -8.12639; -34.92278Coordinates: 08°07′35″S 034°55′22″W / 8.12639°S 34.92278°W / -8.12639; -34.92278
WebsiteInfraero REC
Map
REC is located in Brazil
REC
REC
Location in Brazil
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers8,422,566 Increase 8.3%
Aircraft Operations78,766 Increase 4.9%
Metric tonnes of cargo44,442 Increase 25.8%
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

It is operated by AENA.

Some of its facilities are shared with the Recife Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force.

HistoryEdit

Originally called Ibura Airport, the airport had its name changed to Guararapes Airport in 1948. The facility originated at the time of World War II, when a new airport was built to replace the earlier airfield, Parque do Encanta Moça. With the end of the War, the facility became strategically important as a technical and refueling stop on the route from South America to Europe.

On 18 January 1958, a new passenger terminal was inaugurated, replacing the original facility. During this time, runway 14/32 was extended from 1,800 m (5,906 ft) to 2,010 m (6,594 ft), and runway 18/36 was extended from 1,800 m to 2,400 m (7,874 ft).

In 1979, an agreement with Infraero was made in order to further develop the airport complex. The passenger terminal underwent its first major renovation in 1982 and another enlargement in 1990.

In 2004 a brand-new passenger terminal was built, including a new shopping mall, thus generating more traffic and revenue. Furthermore, a new concourse was opened in 2004 and the airport's capacity increased from 1.5 to 9 million passengers/year. Today, the runway is 3,300 meters (10,827 ft) long, the longest in Northeastern Brazil.

On 31 August 2009 Infraero unveiled a BRL 8.75 million (USD 4.6 million; EUR 3.2 million) investment plan to upgrade Guararapes International Airport, focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Recife being one of the venue cities. The investment was spent in finishing the passenger terminal renovation, installing 8 more jetways.[4] The work was completed on 1 July 2011, and the airport was then considered ready for the FIFA Cup.[5]

In February 2016, the president of Azul Airlines and the governor of Pernambuco signed an agreement to install a hub for the company at Recife airport. As of the agreement Azul went on to operate another 12 daily flights in Recife, which becomes the only city with direct flights to all capitals in the Brazilian Northeast. According to the president of the company, Antonoaldo Neves, of the approximately 1 million passengers transported by the company (until August 2016), 500 thousand made connections at Recife airport.[citation needed]

Previously operated by Infraero, on March 15, 2019 AENA won a 30-year concession to operate the airport.[6]

The Brazilian Integrated Air Traffic Control and Air Defense Center, section 3 (Cindacta III) is located in the vicinity of the airport.[7]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Accidents and incidentsEdit

AccessEdit

 
Boarding area

The airport is located 14 km (9 mi) from downtown Recife.

SubwayEdit

Airport Station, connected to the terminal by a footbridge.

BusEdit

The main lines that serve the neighborhoods of Boa Viagem and Cidade Universitária in Recife and Piedade, neighborhood of the neighboring city Jaboatão dos Guararapes.

CarEdit

The airport is reachable by two entrances along the Marechal Mascarenhas de Moraes Avenue. The first is a direct entrance to the departure and arrivals area; the second being the entrance to the parking garage.

TaxiEdit

Taxi stands are available outside of the arrivals hall on both the North and South wings of the airport.

UberEdit

Uber operates in Recife and its metro area and a ride can be requested from the airport.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ "Estatísticas". Infraero (in Portuguese). 7 May 2019. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Aeroporto Internacional Gilberto Freyre". Infraero (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 31 August 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  4. ^ Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (31 August 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). pp. A4. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Infraero conclui obra no Aeroporto Internacional do Recife" (in Portuguese). Diário de Pernambuco. 1 July 2011. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Governo obtém R$ 2,377 bilhões em concessão de aeroportos em blocos". ANAC (in Portuguese). 15 March 2019. Archived from the original on 11 May 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Cindacta III" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Air Force: Departamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo DECEA. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Accident description PP-PDO". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  9. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Buraco negro". 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. 197–203. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
  10. ^ "Accident description 51-5178". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Accident description PT-SCU". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  12. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Fogo na decolagem". 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. 364–369. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
  13. ^ "Accident description PR-NOB". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 20 August 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  14. ^ "Noar emite comunicado sobre acidente em Recife" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. 13 July 2011. Archived from the original on 20 August 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2011.

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