Afonso Pena International Airport

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Afonso Pena International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Afonso Pena
The airport and the Japanese Government aircraft (B747-400) during the visit of the Emperor Akihito in 1997.
IATA: CWBICAO: SBCT
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorInfraero
ServesCuritiba
LocationSão José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Elevation AMSL911 m / 2,988 ft
Coordinates25°31′52″S 049°10′32″W / 25.53111°S 49.17556°W / -25.53111; -49.17556Coordinates: 25°31′52″S 049°10′32″W / 25.53111°S 49.17556°W / -25.53111; -49.17556
WebsiteInfraero CWB
Map
CWB is located in Brazil
CWB
Location in Brazil
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
11/291,8005,905Asphalt
15/332,2157,267Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers6,825,666
Aircraft Operations88,960
Metric tonnes of cargo44,441
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]
 
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Afonso Pena International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional Afonso Pena
The airport and the Japanese Government aircraft (B747-400) during the visit of the Emperor Akihito in 1997.
IATA: CWBICAO: SBCT
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorInfraero
ServesCuritiba
LocationSão José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Elevation AMSL911 m / 2,988 ft
Coordinates25°31′52″S 049°10′32″W / 25.53111°S 49.17556°W / -25.53111; -49.17556Coordinates: 25°31′52″S 049°10′32″W / 25.53111°S 49.17556°W / -25.53111; -49.17556
WebsiteInfraero CWB
Map
CWB is located in Brazil
CWB
Location in Brazil
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
11/291,8005,905Asphalt
15/332,2157,267Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers6,825,666
Aircraft Operations88,960
Metric tonnes of cargo44,441
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Afonso Pena International Airport (IATA: CWBICAO: SBCT) is the main airport serving Curitiba, Brazil, located in the adjoining municipality of São José dos Pinhais. It is named after Afonso Augusto Moreira Pena (1847–1909), the 6th President of Brazil.

In 2011 the airport was ranked 10th in terms of transported passengers and cargo handled in Brazil, placing it amongst the busiest airports in the country.[4] It is operated by Infraero.

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History

As it was the case with many important Brazilian airports located in strategic points along the coast, Afonso Pena, was built by the Brazilian Air Force Ministry in partnership with the United States Army during the Second World War. However since its construction was completed only in 1945, short before the end of the war, Afonso Pena never saw heavy military movement. In 1946 most of its movement comprised civil operations.

The original passenger terminal was in use until 1959 when a brand new terminal was built. This second terminal is today used for cargo operations. In 1996, the present passenger terminal was built.

The main problem of the airport are the unstable weather conditions of the region, particularly mist in the morning hours of winter and the fact that the auxiliary runway 11/29 is too small and plagued with old equipment. There are also plans to upgrade runway 15/33 from an ILS CAT II runway to ILS CAT III.

Since the bottleneck for the airport is the cargo capacity, the main runway was lengthened in 2008 to allow cargo flights to operate with greater loads and the cargo terminal was upgraded.[5]

The terminal is 26,000 m², has 6 jetways, and is capable of handling 4.5 million passengers annually. There are 800 parking places. The airport complex includes a small museum, a playcenter and a mall with 60 stores inside the main terminal.

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

AirlinesDestinations
Avianca BrazilCampo Grande, Cuiabá, Porto Alegre, Porto Velho
Azul Brazilian AirlinesCampinas-Viracopos, Campo Grande, Foz do Iguaçu, São José dos Campos, Salvador da Bahia, Vitória
Gol AirlinesBelo Horizonte-Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campinas-Viracopos, Campo Grande, Caxias do Sul, Cuiabá, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Londrina, Manaus, Maringá, Porto Alegre, Porto Velho, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Teresina, Vitória
NHT Linhas AéreasCaçador, Chapecó, Erechim, Francisco Beltrão, Joaçaba, Passo Fundo, Porto Alegre, São Paulo-Congonhas
TAM AirlinesBelém-Val de Cans, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Brasília, Campinas-Viracopos, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Londrina, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos
TAM Airlines operated by Pantanal Linhas AéreasSão Paulo-Congonhas
TRIP Linhas AéreasBelo Horizonte-Confins, Campinas-Viracopos, Campo Grande, Cascavel, Cuiabá, Dourados, Florianópolis, Londrina, Maringá, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Rondonópolis, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Cargo

AirlinesDestinations
Florida West International AirwaysMiami
Lufthansa CargoDakar, Frankfurt
CargoluxLuxembourg
Cargolux ItaliaMilan-Malpensa
LAN CargoAmsterdam
Total Linhas AéreasFlorianópolis, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Accidents and incidents

Accidents

Incident

Access

The airport is located 18 km (11 mi) southeast of downtown Curitiba.

Future developments

Aerial view of the passenger terminal

On 31 August 2009, Infraero unveiled a BRL30 million (USD16 million; EUR11 million) investiment plan to upgrade Afonso Pena International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Brazil, Curitiba being one of the venue cities. The investiment will invested in the enlargement of the apron and implementation of taxiways with completion due in March 2011.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Movimento operacional da rede Infraero de janeiro a dezembro de 2012" (in Portuguese). Infraero. January 14, 2013. http://www.infraero.gov.br/images/stories/Estatistica/2012/MovimentoOperacional2012.pdf. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  2. ^ "Airport Official Website" (in Portuguese). Infraero. http://www.infraero.com.br/index.php/br/aeroportos/parana/aeroporto-afonso-pena.html.
  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. http://www2.anac.gov.br/arquivos/pdf/aerodromos/AerodromosPublicos.xls.
  4. ^ "Estatísticas" (in Portuguese). Infraero. http://www.infraero.gov.br/index.php/br/estatistica-dos-aeroportos.html. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Programa de Aceleramento do Crescimento (PAC) em Aeroportos" (in Portuguese). Aviação Brasil. http://www.aviacaobrasil.com.br/noticias/noticias_filtro.php?id=3357&sessao=news&fld_filtro_ano=2007&fld_filtro_mes=01. Retrieved 29 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Accident description PP-CEP". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19580616-0. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Accident description PP-SDJ". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19671103-0. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  8. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Serra da Graciosa" (in Portuguese). O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928-1996 (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 256–261. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
  9. ^ "Accident description FAB-2292". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20021226-0. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Incident description PP-SMG". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20000818-1. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  11. ^ Maschio, José (21 August 2000). "PF liga sequestro de avião da VASP à rebelião em penitenciária em Roraima" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/cotidiano/ult95u8102.shtml. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  12. ^ Rittner, Daniel; Braga, Paulo Victor (31 August 2009). "Infraero vai gastar R$5 bi em reforma de aeroportos" (in Portuguese). Valor Econômico: pp. A4. http://www.valoronline.com.br.
Panoramic view of the passenger boarding gates and jetbridges

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