ⓘ Hercílio Luz International Airport

                                     

ⓘ Hercilio Luz International Airport

Florianopolis-Hercilio Luz International Airport, branded Floripa Airport, is the airport serving Florianopolis, Brazil. It is named after Hercilio Pedro da Luz, three times governor of the state of Santa Catarina and senator. It is operated by Flughafen Zurich AG. Some of its facilities are shared with the Florianopolis Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force.

                                     

1. 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 Generale Aeropostale for its operations in Florianopolis. Among them were Jean Mermoz, Antoine de Saint-Exupery 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 Florianopolis 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, Paraguay and Uruguay.

On March 16, 2017, Flughafen Zurich AG was awarded the concession to operate and expand the airport, owning 100% of it.

On January 15, 2018, the new concessionaire began construction of a new terminal with 14 new gates - 3 international and 11 domestic. The cost of the project was BRL 570 million. The new terminal, located on the opposite side of the main runway from the old one, was officially opened on September 28, 2019. The main runway was also extended by 100 metres 330 ft, to 2.400 metres 7.900 ft. Operations using the new terminal started on October 1, 2019.

                                     

2. Accidents and incidents

  • 22 March 1951: a Cruzeiro do Sul Douglas C-53D-DO plane, registration PP-CCX while landing at Florianopolis crashed following an overshoot in bad weather and an engine failure. Of the 14 passengers and crew, 3 died.
  • 12 April 1980: a Transbrasil airplane, flight 303 Boeing 727-27C registration PT-TYS flying from São Paulo-Congonhas to Florianopolis was on a night instrumental approach to Florianopolis 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.