- Viracopos-Campinas International Airport
name = Viracopos/Campinas International Airport
nativename = Aeroporto Internacional de Viracopos/Campinas
IATA = VCP
ICAO = SBKP
type = Public
Campinas, State of São Paulo, Brazil
elevation-f = 2170
elevation-m = 661
coordinates = Coord|23|00|27|S|47|08|04|W|type:airport
r1-number = 15/33
r1-length-f = 10,630
r1-length-m = 3,240
Viracopos/Campinas International Airport Airport codes|VCP|SBKP is an international
airportin Campinas, state of São Paulo, Brazil.
Besides being a busy passenger terminal, it is the second-largest cargo airport in
Brazil. One of its main features is that it is rarely closed due to bad weather conditions (an average 5 days per year). It was opened in 1960, as São Paulo lacked an airport capable of receiving then-new long-range jet aircraftsuch as the Boeing 707and the Douglas DC-8.
The airport is located 99 km. (62 miles) from São Paulo and 20 km (12 miles) from
Campinas, close by the huge Bandeirantes-Anhangüera highway complex, which connects the capital city to the interior of São Paulo state.
Before the completion of
São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airportin 1985, Viracopos was, at least in theory, the main international gateway to São Paulo. However, the airfield's distance from the city made it very inconvenient for passengers and airlines. So, international flights directly to São Paulo were limited; most passengers simply opted to fly to Rio de Janeiroand connect to the smaller Congonhas Airport, which lies inside the city and very close to downtown and to the major business districts.
At that time, Viracopos even appeared on the Guinness Book of Records as the farthest airport from the city it allegedly served (a dubious title that now probably rests with Gonggar Airport, which lies at about the same distance from
Lhasa, Tibet). Today, Viracopos is considered the airport for Campinas only, and as such the IATAcode CPQ (for Campinas city) is also sometimes used. The Campinas region, like most of the interior of São Paulo state, is one of the most prosperous in Brazil, with an impressive economic output, and its local market is large enough to make Viracopos still a busy airport.
Facilities at the airport include:
*150-180 flights per day
*40 cargo airline companies.
*3,240 m (10,630 ft) runway
*60,000 square meters ((646,000 square feet) of cargo terminals.
*1,700 square meters (18,300 square feet) for animal cargo
*1,480 cubic meters (52,200 square feet) of refrigerated space
*65 m (213 ft)-high air traffic control tower.
As a major import/export hub, Viracopos enjoys 'express lanes' for courier traffic which are exceptionally quick and unbureaucratic for Brazilian standards.
Gol Transportes Aéreos
TAM Airlines("TAM Linhas Aéreas")
TRIP Linhas Aéreas
ABSA Cargo Airline
Polar Air Cargo
Air France Cargo
Gemini Air Cargo
Cargo B Airlines
* [http://www.infraero.gov.br/usa/aero_prev_home.php?ai=215 Viracopos/Campinas International Airport] (official site, in English)
* [http://www.icomst.com.br/Dados/boarding.htm Transportation facilities at Viracopos Airport]
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