The International Airport of Belem / Val de Cães (also known as Val de Cans, BEL, and sometimes even SBBE) is the largest and most important airport in the Brazilian city of Belem, located a little over 7 miles from downtown Belém. It is the busiest airport in the northern region of Brazil and 179th in the world. The airport links Belem to other cities in Brazil and worldwide. It went through a major reform and expansion in 2001, while its structure has been completely changed costing US $78 million.
There are also shops, including two duty-free shops and a panoramic terrace, which operates in an air-conditioned space. This allows for the viewing of embarking and disembarking passengers without the inconvenience of noise pollution from aircraft. They are 30 check-in counters, four conveyor belts for baggage and flight information display monitors.
In 2007, the airport handled 2,119,552 passengers and 40,124 aircraft movements, placing it amongst the busiest airports in Brazil.
Among the major Brazilian airlines that operate flights to and from Val-de-Cães, are GOL and TAM, of which Azul, Webjet and Oceanair will be added in 2009. The more localized airlines include TAF, META, Surinam Airways, Travelspan, Trip, Sete and Air Caraibes.