Brazil is a country where just about everything comes super-sized. It's the largest country in South America and fifth largest in the world.
It has the largest city in South America (São Paulo)
the largest river in the world by all measures (Amazon river)
and the list could go on and on.
Talking about airports
the list of impressive numbers continues just the same.
The number of airports in Brazil with paved runways (concrete or asphalt) goes over 700
making it the world's second largest after USA.
To list all airports in Brazil would be a daunting task
so we have reduced it to its top twenty list by busiest terminals (passenger traffic). You will find all airports serving the twelve host cities for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014 included in the list.
Your Brazil travel experience will surely take you to some of them so you are better off in getting acquainted with your potential landing spots beforehand.
International travellers will be landing either at Guarulhos Intl Airport (São Paulo) or Antonio Carlos Jobim Intl Airport (Rio) in most cases
before boarding connecting flights to their final destination.
You will need Google Earth to see the satellite images for each of them
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Recife Airport - Guararapes International Airport (REC):
Location: Also known as Gilberto Freyre International Airport
it's located 14 km away from downtown Recife
State of Pernambuco. It serves both domestic and international flights See it on Google Earth Capacity: 9,000,000 passengers per year Website/Contact Details:www.infraero.gov.br
Porto Alegre Airport - Salgado Filho International Airport (POA):
Location: The airport is located about 6km from downtown Porto Alegre
capital of the State of Rio Grande do Sul See it on Google Earth Capacity: 4,000,000 passengers per year Website/Contact Details: www.infraero.gov.br
Fortaleza Airport - Pinto Martins International Airport (FOR):
Augusto Severo / Natal International Airport (NAT):
Location: The airport is located 18km away from downtown Natal. The brand new airport's name is Governador Aluízio Alves International Airport.
capital of the State of Rio Grande do Norte See it on Google Earth Capacity: 1,500,000 passengers per year Website/Contact Details:www.infraero.gov.br
Manaus Airport - Eduardo Gomes International Airport (MAO):
Vitória Airport - Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport (VIX):
Location: Also known as Goiabeiras Airport, it is located 10km from the city of Vitória
State of Spirito Santo See it on Google Earth Capacity: 560,000 passengers per year Website/Contact Details:www.infraero.gov.br
Belém Airport - Val de Cães International Airport (BEL):