- Governor, Aureliano Chaves, publishes Decree No. 19,273, which declares the areas necessary for the construction of the "Metropolitan Airport Belo Horizonte" as areas of public use.
The airport that the people of Minas Gerais had dreamed of for so long becomes a reality.
- Construction begins at Confins Airport, carried out by the Andrade Gutierrez-Mendes Júnior Consortium.
- On July 15th, the runway is inaugurated with the landing of the Bandeirante aircraft, coming from Pampulha Airport and carrying Governor Francelino Pereira, Transport Minister Eliseu Resende, and Air Minister Délio Jardim de Mattos.
- On November 10th, the first commercial flight, from the now defunct airline VASP, arrives from São Paulo.and lands in Confins.
- At 10:30am on March 25th, the Airport receives its first international cargo flight. The Varig Boeing 707-323C, coming from Rome, brings 35 tons of equipment imported from Italy for the "new" airport.
- The Airport welcomes its first regular passenger flight. The Boeing 737, from the now defunct Vasp, carried passengers from Belo Horizonte to Brasilia with connections to Goiânia and Cuiabá.
- In March, the Airport is officially opened.
- July sees the first international flight, from the now defunct Varig, to Miami, with no stops.
- Through Federal Law No. 7,534, the name is officially changed to Tancredo Neves International Airport.
The start of regular international routes
- The first regular international connection is inaugurated.
- The airline Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano starts operations, with a flight between Belo Horizonte and Santa Cruz da La Sierra.
- The Uruguayan company Pluna opens the Montevideo - Belo Horizonte route.
- American Airlines starts operating the Miami - Guarulhos - BH route.
- United Airlines launches the first regular route without stops between Belo Horizonte and the United States: BH - Miami.
The airport receives flights transferred from Pampulha Airport and begins its cycle of growth.
- The airport starts receiving new flights from GOL, TAM, Varig and OceanAir.
- Gol opens its Aircraft Maintenance Center at the Airport - the largest and most technologically advanced complex of its kind in Latin America.
- TAM and GOL open international routes to Buenos Aires, with stops in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
- The Airport surpasses 2 million passenger departures and arrivals.
- TAP starts the BH - Lisbon route.
- Copa Airlines starts the BH - Panama route.
- Azul, Trip and Webjet open flights to Belém, Porto Velho, Manaus, Rio Branco, Ribeirão Preto, Navegantes, and other destinations never before reaching via Belo Horizonte, such as Fortaleza, Maceió and Porto Alegre.
- The Aerolíneas Argentinas (Argentine Airlines) group starts to operate daily flights to Buenos Aires.
- The federal government holds the tendering process for the concession of Tancredo Neves International Airport. The AeroBrasil consortium, composed of the CCR Group, Munich Airport and Zurich Airport, was the winner.