A flexibility in the requirements allows large aircraft to operate in 15 airports in the country.
The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC, by its acronym in Portuguese), which regulates air activity in Brazil, has approved a flexibilization in the specifications of the country’s airports.
Thanks to this measure, large aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747-8 will be able to operate in a greater number of Brazilian airports.
The beneficiaries are category 4F aircraft, that is, whose wingspan ranges from 65 to 80 meters and whose external distance from the landing gear ranges between 14 and 16 meters.
So far, the only airports capable of handling this type of aircraft were São Paulo-Guarulhos (GRU), Rio de Janeiro-Gãleao (GIG) and Curitiba Alfonso Pena (CWB).
From now on the following airports are added to the list:
- Belém (BEL)
- Brasilia (BSB)
- Cabo Frio (CFB)
- Confins (CNF)
- Manaos (MAO)
- Fortaleza (FOR)
- Viracopos (VCP)
- Porto Alegre (POA)
- Petrolina (PNZ)
- Recife (REC)
- Natal (NAT)
- Salvador (SSA)
The decision will help the development of air routes with large aircraft in Brazil. Currently, the São Paulo-Guarulhos Airport is the only one in Latin America to count on Airbus A380 flights. It is the daily flight that Emirates operates between the Brazilian city and Dubai.