/Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport (IATA: REC, ICAO: SBRF) is the airport serving Recife, Brazil
. The name Guararapes is a reference to the Guararapes Battle, fought in the surrounding area. Since 27 December 2001 the airport is also named after Gilberto de Almeida Freyre (1900–1987), a renowned and Recife-born sociologist.
In 2011 the airport was ranked 7th in terms of cargo handled in Brazil, placing it amongst the busiest airports in the country. It is operated by Infraero.Some of its facilities are shared with the Recife Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force.The airport is located 14 km (9 mi) from downtown Recife, 1 km (1 mi) from Boa Viagem Beach, and 25 km (16 mi) from Suape port.
Originally called Ibura Airport, the airport had its name changed to Guararapes Airport in 1948. The facility has its origins in the time of World
War II when an airport was built to replace the earlier airfield Parque do Encanta Moça. With the end of the War, the facility acquired a strategic importance as technical and refueling stop in the route from South America