Augusto Severo International Airport is located almost at sea level (169 feet) with favorable meteorological and geographic conditions in the Municipality of Parnamirim (RN), 18 km from the city of Natal. Its name is homage to Augusto Severo de Albuquerque Maranhao, a Potiguar who died in an accident in France in 1902. There is a population of around 1,400 people at the Augusto Severo International Airport distributed in all segments.
There are 32 daily flight operations, and their most frequent destinations and origins are: Lisbon, Guarulhos, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, and Fernando de Noronha. Augusto Severo International Airport receives a large number of international charter flights from Portugal, Madrid, Stockholm, Buenos Ayres, Amsterdam, London, and Milan.
The Airport underwent through three rehabilitations: 1957, 1980, when Infraero started to manage it, and 1996, with the construction and modernization of this airport complex that resulted in new comfort and safety items to meet the increasing number of users. Daily, about 2,446 and 3,463 users circulate in it disembarkation and boarding, respectively.
The expansion of the runway represents a big jump for the state of Rio Grande do Norte economy since the state began to exploit better the international exports market. This structural accrual served to place the state of Rio Grande do Norte as an exports pole of fish and typical fruits of the region, generating new employment positions and revenue.
Passenger terminal got 8,000 square meters of air-conditioning and investment of R$ 1.9 million. This work comprised the installation of 900 square meters of glasses, increasing air-conditioned area, which was inaugurated in February 2002.
Rehabilitation of former passenger terminal, currently operational annex, provided space for public agencies to work, Federal Police, National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), Military Police, Federal Revenue Service, and the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC). Over R$ 60 million were invested to rehabilitate of current airport. This investment results from a partnership between Infraero and State Government, enabling fostering of tourism development in Natal and in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.