The Recife International Airport/Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre Airport is the largest and most modern airport of the North and Northeast of Brazil. It has a construction area of about 52,000 m² and has undergone a major renewal in July 2004. Currently it has 64 check-in desks, 26 positions for aircrafts and 15 boarding bridges. Following the concept of shopping center at the airports, it has 165 shops to ensure the total comfort for the travellers. The annual capacity of the airport is 5 million passengers per year.
The modern parking building has 2,120 vacancies, replacing the old one which had only 500. The building has 4 floors - where the first 3 ones are actually for parking. The 4th floor is used for expositions and other events.
The airport, after the renewal, became also a centre dedicated to local art, exposing works by known artists such as Francisco Brennand and Abelardo da Hora, among others. The airport's name is a reference to one of the most important personalities from Pernambuco, Gilberto Freyre, known nation-wide and abroad for his work as a sociologist.
Nowadays, the airport's architectural structure is a very complex one. The airport was built before the World War II and due to its strategic position within the South Atlantic it received many improvements during wartime. It is located near the Guararapes Mount, where the Battle of Guararapes took place. The Battle is regarded as the symbolic beginning of the Brazilian Army. Initially called Recife Airport, the name was changed by official decree from Eurico Gaspar Dutra, the Brazilian president at the time, due to the importance of the Battle of Guararapes to the nation's history.
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