Recife Airport Information
Guararapes International Airport (IATA: REC), also known as Gilberto Freyre International Airport, is an international airport located in the city of Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. It serves domestic and international air traffic. The airport is 1 km from Boa Viagem beach, 14 km from downtown and 25 km from Suape port.
In 2009, the airport handled 5,249,831 passengers and 66,414 aircraft movements, placing it the 8th busiest airport in Brazil in terms of passengers and 5th busiest in terms of cargo (6th in terms of cargo plus mail).
The shopping and leisure area has been remodeled since July 2004, using the "Aeroshopping" concept, which transformed the airport into a center for office and commercial use in an area of 52,000 square meters. The commercial spaces will be occupied in stages and the final total will be 142 shops. The parking structure has been in use since December 2002. There are three levels with a total capacity for 2,080 vehicles, previously there were only 500 parking spaces. There is an events and exhibitions space located on the fourth level. The airport's capacity was expanded from 1.5 million to 5 million passengers a year which was almost fulfilled in 2008 with more than 4.6 million passengers. There are plans to increase capacity to 7.2 million.
Here are some of the major Airlines that service Guararapes International Airport :
- American Airlines
- Avianca Brazil
- Azul Brazilian Airlines
- Gol Airlines
- Noar Linhas Aereas
- Passaredo Linhas Aereas
- TAM Airlines
- TAM Airlines operated by Pantanal Linhas Aereas
- TAP Portugal
The above mentioned information is taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guararapes_International_Airport.