Viracopos-Campinas International Airport

Viracopos-Campinas International Airport

Infobox Airport
name = Viracopos/Campinas International Airport
nativename = Aeroporto Internacional de Viracopos/Campinas
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type = Public
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operator = Infraero
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location = Campinas, State of São Paulo, Brazil
elevation-f = 2170
elevation-m = 661
coordinates = Coord|23|00|27|S|47|08|04|W|type:airport
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r1-number = 15/33
r1-length-f = 10,630
r1-length-m = 3,240
r1-surface = Asphalt
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Viracopos/Campinas International Airport Airport codes|VCP|SBKP is an international airport in 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 aircraft such as the Boeing 707 and 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 Airport in 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 Janeiro and 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 IATA code 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
*2,500 passengers/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

Cargo Airlines

*Varig Log
*LAN Cargo
*ABSA Cargo Airline
*Lufthansa Cargo
*Cielos Airlines
*Polar Air Cargo
*Total Cargo
*Air France Cargo
*Beta Cargo
*Martinair Cargo
*Atlas Air
*Arrow Air
*Gemini Air Cargo
*Tampa Cargo
*Cargo B Airlines

External links

* [ Viracopos/Campinas International Airport] (official site, in English)
* [ Transportation facilities at Viracopos Airport]

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