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About the airport

Salgado Filho International Airport

Porto Alegre is in a strategic location in Brazil. Gateway to the southern region, the city’s airport plays a critical role in the integration between the countries of the Southern Cone.

In 1951, the São João Airdrome was renamed Salgado Filho International Airport after a Rio Grande do Sul politician, who gained prominence as minister of labor and commander of the Brazilian Air Force.


Fraport Brasil – Porto Alegre

In 2017, after an international bidding process in which the Brazilian government granted concessions for four airports in the country, Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide was awarded a 25-year concession for the Porto Alegre Airport.

Fraport Brasil - Porto Alegre is a Brazilian company and subsidiary of Fraport AG, one of the leading companies in the global airport market, offering a full range of management and consulting services. Owner and operator of the Frankfurt Airport, the largest in Germany, Fraport AG is highly experienced, and its portfolio includes 28 airports worldwide.

In January 2018, the Brazilian company effectively took over the operations at Porto Alegre Airport as well as its expansion, infrastructure and quality-improvement works. The concession agreement provided for a total investment of BRL 1.8 billion. The funds were used particularly in the renovation and expansion of the Passenger Terminal and the expansion of the runway. All works were completed before the deadline agreed upon by the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Anac).

The Porto Alegre Terminal, which covered just over 36,4 sq.m., doubled in size, reaching 72,000 sq.m. The runway was also extended, bringing its length to 3,200 meters.


  • Passenger Terminal 1: 36,420 sq.m.
  • Passenger Terminal 2: 12,000 sq.m.
  • Runway: 11-29, 2,280 m x 45 m
  • Gate: 14
  • Passenger boarding bridges: 8
  • Stands: 25
  • Stores, restaurants and services: 79
  • 20 domestic and international check-in counters in Terminal 1, and 12 in Terminal 2
  • 4 baggage carousels


  • Passenger Terminal: 72,000 sq.m.
  • Runway: 11-29, 3,200 m x 45 m
  • Gate: 24
  • Passenger boarding bridges: 14
  • Stands: 28
  • Stores, restaurants and services: 131
  • One single check-in area for both domestic and international flights. New security checkpoints, concourses, and domestic and international arrival areas.
  • 60 check-in counters: 40 domestic and 20 international.
  • 12 automated boarding pass readers: 8 domestic and 4 international
  • 5 baggage carousels

Corporate governance - Porto Alegre Airport

Statement on Human Rights and Environmental Risks