Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport is one of the busiest airports in South America and serves as the primary international gateway into Brazil’s largest city.
Also known as Cumbica International Airport,
due to its location in the Cumbica suburb around 30 kilometres northeast of the
city, passengers were first welcomed in 1985 and the airport celebrated its
25th anniversary in January 2010. The total number of take-offs and landings
were 3.6 million during the initial two-and-a-half decades, while an impressive
285.6 million passengers were handled.
Given its rising popularity, the airport has
undergone a considerable amount of development over the years and currently has
two separate terminals – Terminal 1 with Wings A and B, and Terminal 2 with
Wings C and D – which are situated close enough for passengers to walk between
on foot. There are also two parallel runways offering connections between Sao
Paulo and 27 countries around the world, with an average of 650 aircraft
landings and take-offs each day.
Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport is
operated by Infraero, a Brazilian government corporation, and includes a wide
range of facilities onsite, such as banks, money exchanges, restaurants,
souvenir shops, pharmacies, book stores, car rentals, tourist desks, beauty
parlours, business centres, luggage protection booths, and a post office.
Currently the focus of a multi-million dollar development plan, the
airport is being upgraded in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016
Summer Olympics, with Sao Paulo announced as a host city for both sporting
events. An express rail link has also been earmarked to link Sao
Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport to the city.