Carajás Airport – Parauapebas (CKS)

Just over 700 kilometers from Belém, capital of Pará, Parauapebas is home to the largest iron deposit in the world, discovered in the 1960s, in Serra dos Carajás. The installation of the Carajás Iron Project began in the 1970s and, in the following decade, in 1980, the company Vale do Rio Doce, now Vale, obtained the right to exclusive exploration of iron ore, gold and manganese in the area, driving an economy which led to the founding of new villages and attracted people from all over Brazil to the southwest of Pará.
In this scenario, with the aim of meeting the demand from the activities of the largest iron deposit in the world, the mining company Vale built Carajás Airport in 1981, which currently receives around 140 thousand passengers per year. As of November 24, 2023, Carajás – Parauapebas Airport (SBCJ) began to be managed by Aena Brasil, after the concessionaire purchased a block of 11 Brazilian airport terminals in an auction by the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) held in 2022.
As it already manages, since 2020, six units in the Northeast, Aena Brasil runs, in total, 17 airports in the country. The company is part of the Spanish group Aena, considered the largest airport operator in the world in terms of number of passengers.