FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, BELO HORIZONTE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAS WELCOMED THE WORLD WITH OPEN ARMS.

The story of Tancredo Neves International Airport begins in the 1970s. At that time, the state capital's only airport was Pampulha Airport, which was built in 1933 and was already operating at its operational limit. The demand for an international-level airport lead the Air Ministry, in partnership with the State Government, to initiate technical feasibility studies for the construction of the "Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Airport".

The conclusion of the studies indicated an area located in the municipalities of Lagoa Santa/Confins as the most suitable for the new venture, due to its exceptional weather and topographical conditions.

1970s:

1978:

  • 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.


1980s:

The airport that the people of Minas Gerais had dreamed of for so long becomes a reality.

1980: 

  • Construction begins at Confins Airport, carried out by the Andrade Gutierrez-Mendes Júnior Consortium.

1982: 

  • 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.

1983:

  • 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.

1984:

  • 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.

1986:

  • Through Federal Law No. 7,534, the name is officially changed to Tancredo Neves International Airport.

 

1990s:

The start of regular international routes

1990:

  • 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.

1993:

  • The Uruguayan company Pluna opens the Montevideo - Belo Horizonte route.

1994:

  • American Airlines starts operating the Miami - Guarulhos - BH route.

1995:

  • United Airlines launches the first regular route without stops between Belo Horizonte and the United States: BH - Miami.


2000s:

The airport receives flights transferred from Pampulha Airport and begins its cycle of growth.

2005:

  • The airport starts receiving new flights from GOL, TAM, Varig and OceanAir.

2006:

  • 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.

2007:

  • The Airport surpasses 2 million passenger departures and arrivals.

2008:

  • TAP starts the BH - Lisbon route.
  • Copa Airlines starts the BH - Panama route.

2010:

  • 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.

2013:

  • 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.

2014:

  • April 7 - BH Airport is founded, concessionaire of the Belo Horizonte International Airport. The airport is officially granted to the private sector. The concessionaire, formed by the CCR Group, Zurich Airport and Infraero, signs a concession contract for the expansion, maintenance and operation of the Airport for 30 years.
  • May 7 to June 1 - Stage 1 of Operations Transition. The concessionaire launches and implements the Immediate Action and Operational Transition Plans.
  • June 2 to August 11 - Stage 2 of Operations Transition. The concessionaire begins to monitor the management of Infraero, which continues to be responsible for the operation and management of revenues and expenditures.
  • August 11 - The Infrastructure Improvement Plan (PMI) is presented. 
  • August 12 to January 11, 2015 - Stage 3 of the Transition, Assisted Operation. The Concessionaire assumes operations and management of revenues and expenditures, and Infraero makes its employees available to BH Airport.
  • September 2014 - Tancredo Neves International Airport wins in the Migration Control and Popular Vote "Tourist Support" categories at the Good Travel Awards, FIFA World Cup 2014 edition, organized by the Civil Aviation Secretariat (SAC) of the Presidency the Republic.

2015:

  • January 12 - BH Airport assumes full management and operation of Tancredo Neves International Airport.
  • April 8 - Tancredo Neves International Airport is the winner in the "Most Efficient Public Service" category at the "Airports + Brazil - it is the passenger's choice" awards, promoted by the Civil Aviation Secretariat (SAC).
  • January to July - BH Airport makes various improvements to the airport infrastructure and increases the range of stores and services.

2016:

  • Forecast completion of the new Terminal, which will house new departure lounges for domestic and international flights and 17 new jet bridges - totaling 26 fingers, in addition to 44 aircraft parking spaces.

2020:

  • Completion of second runway, 2,500m in length.
  • Construction of taxiways and service routes, and the overpass connecting the two runways.

From 2020 onwards:

Expansion and improvements according to demand.

  • New Passenger Terminal.
  • Expansion of the Cargo Center.
  • Expansion of the aprons for aircraft parking.
  • Expansion of the vehicle parking areas.