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Santa Genoveva Airport

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Santa Genoveva/Goiânia Airport
Aeroporto Santa Genoveva/Goiânia
Airport type Public
Operator Infraero
Serves Goiânia
Elevation AMSL 747 m / 2,450 ft
Coordinates 16°37′47″S 049°13′36″W / 16.62972°S 49.22667°W / -16.62972; -49.22667Coordinates: 16°37′47″S 049°13′36″W / 16.62972°S 49.22667°W / -16.62972; -49.22667

Website Infraero GYN
Location in Brazil
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 3,063,649
Aircraft Operations 71,030
Metric tonnes of cargo 7,945
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Santa Genoveva/Goiânia Airport (IATA: GYNICAO: SBGO) is the airport serving Goiânia, Brazil.

It is operated by Infraero.


The airport was inaugurated in 1955 although operations started a few years earlier. Since 1974 it is operated by Infraero.

The present passenger terminal is capable of handling 600,000 passengers/year but in the last few years it has been operating beyond its capacity: in 2010 it handled almost 4 times its capacity.

The government of the state of Goiás, in order to encourage tourism and aviation reduced the tax on petrol from 15% to 3%.[4] After such a reduction there was some interest from airlines to build a hub at Santa Genoveva airport[5] but its present operational limitations prevented the immediate implementation of such a plan.

Airlines and destinations


Accidents and incidents


  • 12 August 1952: a Viabras Douglas DC-3/C-47A-80-DL registration PP-ANH operated by Nacional en route from Rio Verde to Goiânia crashed following an in-flight bomb explosion at the location of Palmeira de Goiás. All 24 passengers and crew died.[6][7]


  • 22 February 1975: a VASP Boeing 737-2A1 registration PP-SMU en route from Goiânia to Brasília was hijacked by 1 person who demanded ransom. The hijacker was taken down.[8]
  • 29 September 1988: VASP Boeing 737-300 registration PP-SNT operating flight 375 en route from Belo Horizonte-Confins to Rio de Janeiro was hijacked by 1 person who wanted to force a crash on the Palácio do Planalto, the official presidential workplace in Brasília. The pilot convinced the hijacker to divert to Goiânia where an emergency landing was made. The hijack ended with 1 victim.[9][10]


The airport is located 8 km (5 mi) from downtown Goiânia.

Future developments

Due the increasing amount of traffic that the airport has been receiving in the last years, Infraero has decided to build a new passenger terminal, with 27,160 square meters and capacity for handling 2,1 passengers/year in its initial phase. Possibility for enlargements has already been considered in the original project.

The new terminal will have 32 check-in counters and 8 jetways, apart from usual amenities such as stores and restaurants.

The first phase of the works are due to be concluded in 2012 and the second phase in 2014.

See also

Aviation portal
Brazil portal


External links

  • DAFIF.
  • DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  • NWS
  • Aviation Safety Network
  • Santa Genoveva Airport Photo Archive at

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