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Macapá International Airport, capital of the state of Amapá in Brazil, is named by Alberto Alcolumbre, (IATA-MCP , ICAO-SBMQ) a local politician. This city and region, located in the Brazilian Amazon, has a peculiarity, because it is not possible to reach it by land, only by road aquatic and aerial. This is because the city is on the banks of the gigantic Amazon River, near its mouth, where the width of the river can reach more than 10 kilometers, making it difficult to build bridges and roads.
The airport in question underwent works recently and now has a modern terminal. The airport is served by the three large Brazilian airlines, AZUL, GOL and LATAM, with flights to several cities. highlighting Belém and São Paulo, using Boeing 737, Airbus A320/ 21 and Embraer 190/195. General aviation is very present here, due to distances and the lack of good roads, as well as military aviation, as it is a strategic area for the Brazilian government, Brazilian Air Force planes are always present here.
|Terminal||There is one terminal|
|Runway||The airport has one runway 08/26|
|Terminal – All movements|
|WHERE||Spotting here is not for everyone, due to the very harsh climate. Temperatures can easily reach 40 degrees and the humidity is very high, due to the presence of the jungle. Because of that taking pictures from the climate-controlled terminal is recommend. There is an glazed area from where it is possible to take photos of taxis, landings and also take-offs. But the windows are a little greenish, harming the photos. To get to this area, just go to the second floor of the terminal via the escelator, where you will find restrooms and snack bars from. The place is before security checks and accessible to anyone.|
|WHAT||It is an excellent place, it is possible to photograph landings and take-offs and aircraft taxis, but remember that you are photographing through glass which can harm the quality of the photos.|
|TIME||The best time is after from 11 until late afternoon.|
|MISC.||Restrooms and snack bars are at your disposal here|
|FOCAL LENGTH||20-100mm for 737/A320 taxi planes and also General Aviation where you will use a little more zoom.
150-300mm for planes taking off and landing