Natal Airport will be *huge*

Looks like Natal’s planned int’l airport will place the northeastern city on the international map in just a few years time. That’s right, no more having to fly all the way to São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro if your destination is roughly anywhere North or East of Brasilia.

The Greater Natal International Airport or São Gonçalo do Amarante International Airport, is a new airport complex being built in Natal, the capital city of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. When fully completed, it will be the largest hub in Latin America and the 7th largest airport in the world. The opening date is scheduled for 2012.

Upon opening, the airport will be able to take A380s which are the biggest and most modern passenger aircrafts to date. Upon all plans being 100% complete, the Greater Natal airport will be able to hold approximately 156 of those A380s.

Greater Natal is designed to be an intermodal airport, focusing on both passenger transport and cargo. The complex is expected to have the highest aircraft traffic in the Northeast, with a capacity to handle 40 million passengers per year. The aim is to create another so-called ‘airport-city’ such as the Schiphol Int’l Airport in Amsterdam which was voted the best airport in Europe by magazine Business Traveller in 2007.

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