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Hercilio Luz International Airport

Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional de Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz
IATA: FLNICAO: SBFL
Summary
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Infraero
Serves Florianópolis
Elevation AMSL 5 m / 16 ft
Coordinates 27°40′13″S 048°33′09″W / 27.67028°S 48.55250°W / -27.67028; -48.55250Coordinates: 27°40′13″S 048°33′09″W / 27.67028°S 48.55250°W / -27.67028; -48.55250

Website Infraero FLN
Map
FLN
FLN
Location in Brazil
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,500 4,921 Concrete
14/32 2,300 7,546 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 3,395,253
Aircraft Operations 56,086
Metric tonnes of cargo 1,437
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport (IATA: FLNICAO: SBFL), is the airport serving Florianópolis, Brazil. It is named after Hercílio Pedro da Luz (1860–1924), 3 times Governor of Santa Catarina and senator.

It is operated by Infraero.

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

History

The airport was built on the site of an old Air Naval Base, which operated until 1941, when its jurisdiction changed to the Brazilian Air Force.

Between 1927 and 1932, the then known as Campeche Field was also used by the French aviators of the Compagnie Générale Aéropostale for its operations in Florianópolis. Among them were Jean Mermoz, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Henri Guillaumet.

Between 1942 and 1945 the runway 03/21, apron, control tower and passenger terminal were built. At the same time, some facilities of the Florianópolis Air Force Base were built and made operational.

In the period between 1952 and 1954 the passenger terminal was rebuilt and was operational until 1976 when a brand-new terminal building and apron were opened. The old facility is today the cargo terminal. The new terminal was further enlarged in 1988 and 2000, reaching the present 8,703 m².

In 1978 the runway 14/32 was opened allowing a great increase in traffic. In 1995 the airport was upgraded to international category and started receiving particularly seasonal and charter flights from Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

Template:Airport-dest-list a.^ Airlines operating regular charter flights.

Cargo

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Accidents and incidents

  • 22 March 1951: a Cruzeiro do Sul Douglas C-53D-DO registration PP-CCX while landing at Florianópolis crashed following an overshoot in bad weather and an engine failure. Of the 14 passengers and crew, 3 died.[4]
  • 12 April 1980: a Transbrasil flight 303 Boeing 727-27C registration PT-TYS flying from São Paulo-Congonhas to Florianópolis was on a night instrumental approach to Florianópolis under a severe thunderstorm. The aircraft went off course, struck a hill and exploded. Probable causes are misjudgment of speed and distance, inadequate flight supervision, failure to initiate a go-around and improper operation of the engines. Of the 58 passengers and crew aboard, 3 passengers survived.[5][6]

Access

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

See also

Aviation portal
Brazil portal

References

External links

  • DAFIF.
  • DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  • NWS
  • Aviation Safety Network
  • Hercílio Luz International Airport Photo Archive at airliners.net
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