Serving as a gateway into one of the largest metropolitan areas in Brazil, the Recife Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport gets service from some of the largest Brazilian airline companies. For the most part, the main airport in the city of Recife mostly specializes in domestic service and offers very limited international flights. All operations take place in the main terminal building of the Recife Airport.
The busiest schedule at Recife Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport belongs to Gol Airlines. As the largest low cost airline in Brazil, this airline specializes in domestic service. Gol Airlines links Recife with more than 20 other cities within Brazil. Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Allegre and Natal are some of the most populous cities in Brazil that are directly linked to Recife.
TAM Airlines operates a very similar schedule to the one offered by Gol Airlines. However, TAM Airlines connects Recife with just over a dozen domestic destinations. Aracaju, Belem, Iguacu, Joao Pessoa, and Maceio are some exclusive destinations that are offered by TAM Airlines and not by Gol Airlines. Of course, Brazil’s largest airline company also operates flights to major cities like Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador de Bahia.
Passengers at Recife Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport have plenty of alternative options when it comes to domestic service. TRIP Linhas Aereas is a Sao Paulo based company that offers direct flights to medium and large cities such as Belo Horizonte, Natal, and Rio de Janeiro. Avianca Brazil and Azul Brazilian Airlines handle the rest of the domestic flights that depart Recife’s main airport.
Copa Airlines is the only company from Latin America that serves Recife Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport. Panama’s flag carrier offers year round trips to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, where the company is based.
Recife is well connected to the most important Portuguese speaking city in the world outside of Brazilian boundaries. TAP Portugal connects Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport with Lisbon Portela Airport in the capital city of Portugal.
U.S. passengers can only count on American Airlines for direct service between the United States and Recife Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport. This major U.S. carrier operates non-stop flights from Miami International Airport in southeastern Florida to Recife.
Besides Portugal’s flag carrier, Condor Flugdienst is the only other European airline that serves Recife. This German charter carrier operates flights between Frankfurt and Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport.