Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport

Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA: SSA, ICAO: SBSV), formerly called Dois de Julho International Airport is the airport serving Salvador, Brazil. Since 16 June 1998 the airport is named after Luís Eduardo Maron Magalhães (1955–1998), an influential politician of the state of Bahia.

Some of its facilities are shared with the Salvador Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force.


The airport, originally called Santo Amaro do Ipitanga Airport, was founded in 1925. In 1941 Panair do Brasil participating in the World War II efforts with the support of the American and Brazilian governments completely rebuilt the facility.

On 20 December 1955, the airport had its name changed for the first time: it became known as Dois de Julho International Airport, celebrating Bahia Independence Day. This is still the name by which the population of Salvador da Bahia call the facility. On 16 June 1998 the airport name was again changed to its present form, honoring Luís Eduardo Maron Magalhães (1955–1998) an influential politician of the state of Bahia. This second change remains however controversial and there have been attempts to revert it.

The airport is located in an area of more than 6 million square meters between sand dunes and native vegetation. The lush, bamboo-covered road to the airport has become one of the scenic attractions of Salvador da Bahia.

A brand new passenger terminal was opened in 1998, replacing the original outdated terminal. This new terminal continued to be upgraded and was completed by the end of year 2000. The main terminal, which includes a shopping mall has 69,400 m², 11 jetways and a capacity to handle 6,000,000 passengers/year. Traffic has been growing at an average of 14% per year.

On March 2017, Vinci SA purchased for R$ 2,35 billions (€ 640 millions) the administration for 30 years.

Since the innovations are the withdrawal of three obsolete B737-200 VASP aircraft in the yard remained abandoned for 10 years, the first was withdrawn on 23 February 2018 and two more on 28 March 2018. The 3 aircraft were sold to the farms within São Paulo and Paraná. There is still a Beech 18 PT-KXE. Many of the old SATA and infraero equipments have been demolished and to be recycled.

Duplication of the passenger terminal also to the existing one, forming 2 parallels, with same architecture.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Córdoba
Air Europa Madrid
Azul Brazilian Airlines Aracaju (begins August 6, 2019), Belo Horizonte–Confins, Campinas, Goiânia, Ilhéus, Lençóis, Maceió (begins August 31, 2019), Recife, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Vitória da Conquista
Cabo Verde Airlines Sal
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Gol Transportes Aéreos Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Fortaleza, João Pessoa, Natal, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Vitória
LATAM Brasil Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Fortaleza, Miami, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Passaredo Linhas Aéreas Aracaju (begins), Barreiras, Ilhéus (begins), Petrolina, Teixeira de Freitas (begins), Vitória da Conquista
Sky Airline Seasonal: Santiago de Chile (begins 30 December 2019, ends 2 March 2020)
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon


Airlines Destinations
Total Linhas Aéreas Belo Horizonte-Confins, Fortaleza, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Accidents and incidents

Accidents with fatalities

  • 21 September 1944: a Panair do Brasil Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar registration PP-PBH crashed shortly after take-off from Salvador da Bahia. All 18 occupants died.
  • 11 July 1952: a Brazilian Air Force Douglas C-47A-35-DL registration FAB-2048 flying from Salvador da Bahia to Rio de Janeiro crashed following an engine fire. Thirteen of the 33 occupants died.
  • 1 March 1959: a Brazilian Air Force Douglas C-47A-85-DL registration FAB-2060 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador da Bahia crashed en route killing all 18 occupants.
  • 17 November 1996: a Brazilian Air Force Embraer P-95 Bandeirante registration FAB-7102 flying from Salvador da Bahia to Natal Air Force Base had an accident in the vicinity of Caruaru. Four Brazilian Air Force Bandeirantes were flying on formation from Salvador da Bahia to Natal when the tail of FAB-7102 was struck by the propeller of another aircraft. Control of the aircraft was lost and it crashed. All 9 occupants died.


  • 15 May 1973: a VASP Vickers Viscount registration PP-SRD was damaged beyond economic repair when it departed the runway on landing and the undercarriage collapsed.


The airport is located 28 km (17 mi) north from downtown Salvador da Bahia.



On 31 August 2009 Infraero unveiled an ambitious BRL 5.3 billion (US$2.8 billion, EUR 2.0 billion) investment plan to renovate and upgrade airports of ten cities focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which held in Brazil. At the occasion it was announced that even though Salvador da Bahia is one of the venue cities, the plan excluded its airport because renovations had been recently completed and Infraero considered the airport fit to handle the forthcoming increases in traffic.


Vinci airports may consider reviewing all Facility, due the 30-year contract, assumed from Infraero and Anac.

See also

  • List of airports in Brazil
  • Salvador Air Force Base


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

External links

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Beauty Soul
23 January 2013
All the shops at the airport charge in American dollars, so bear that in mind when you get excited about how cheap everything is like I did!
Jet Airways
12 December 2013
Must visit: Enchanted Well at Chapada Diamantina National Park. The well’s water is 120 feet deep and is clear enough to see the rocks.
Márcio Reis
6 August 2013
O acesso viário do aeroporto conta com um corredor de 800 metros cercado de bambus! The access road to the Airport is surrounded by bamboo! Any needs or doubts reach out Infraero.
Taka T
15 August 2013
If you're going to Pelourinho area, you can negotiate the cab price around R$50-60. Don't let them run the meter. Some individuals are offering even lower price but that's up to you to take it.
16 June 2015
If you're a tourist, don't let those taxi guys fool you cuz once they know you're not a local, they'll raise the price up! Play smart! ????
Alexandre Oliva
10 September 2019
When you are leaving don’t forget to buy cocadinhas in tabuleiro! Really a good souvenir for your friends! ????
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