Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) Airport

Rio de Janeiro Galeao GIG Airport Overview

Rio de Janeiro Tom Jobim International Airport GIG (formerly referred to as 'Galeao Airport') has a  new logo 'RIOgaleao International Airport Tom Jobim' - named after its new concession holder RIOgaleao. It  is the larger of  two Rio de Janeiro Airports (the other being Santos Dumont) and the second-largest Airport in Brazil (after SaoPaulo Guarulhos).  Tom Jobim is the name of Brazil's legendary  musician.

RIOgaleao  Airport is located on Governador Island, 20 km from the famed city of Rio de Janeiro, and can be reached from the south, north and west of Rio de Janeiro by the these three access routes: Linha Vermelha and Linha Amarela freeways and Avenida Brasil.
With a very long runway and over 17 million yearly passengers, Rio de Janeiro Galeao Airport is hub to Gol and TAM airlines and is served by a host of domestic and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
RIOgaleao is the first airport in Brazil able to accommodate wide-bodied airplanes.

RIOgaleaoAirport can be contacted within the City toll-free at 080 727 1234 or by fax 61 3312 3013.

On-Airport Hotels:
The 4-star Luxor Hotel (tel. 021 2468 8998)  offers business services and meeting rooms.
The 3-star Hotel Pousad (tel. 021 3398 3852)
Rio Aeroporto Hotel ( )

RIOgaleao Airport now has two passenger terminals.

US citizens need to obtain - prior to flight -  a Brazilian visa from either their nearest  Brazilian Embassy or Consulate from where you live.

Present & Future Airport Developments:  Passenger service is now available in both Portuguese & English. RIOgaleao is on-schedule preparing the Airport for the Olympic Games in August 2016.  WiFi access is free for the first 60 minutes.  Among the many projects completed are new escalators, electrical system upgrades, adding 60 new flights and 7 new destinations, 55 new shops, 120 energy totems,  4 Panther 6X6 firefighter trucks, and over 26,000 hours of employee training.
Prior to the opening of the Olympic Games in August 2016, over one hundred new stores & restaurants cover a total area of 258,000 sq.feet, while Dufry added 86,000 sq.feet of retail space, including  'carioca' (Rio de Janeiro-based)  brands.

A  total of 64,500 sq.feet of space was added for lounges, and the following projects have been completed:
- opened two service counters with bilingual staff
- opened the new new 100,000 sq.meter South Pier with 26 airbridges (3 for wide-bodies airplanes). 
- replaced 32 boarding bridges and added 26 new ones;
- expanded the duty-free area to 8,000 sq.meters and  the commercial area to 21,500 sq.meters;
- added 12 new immigration counters and 28 new elevators;
- added new overhead signs; and overhauled the air conditioning system.
- expanded the new Aiport mobile application, and added 2,700 parking spaces.
- added the Pre-Games 'Fitness regime'.
- opened the new independent Plaza Premium luxury lounge.
- the smartphone app is a first for Latin America - enabling users to navigate the Airport. 
- barcoded boarding passes are now available to Brazilian citizens only.
- The operations control center with the latest management system has been fully functional since June 2016.
- added baby changing facilities.

  • Address:
    Av. 20 de Janeiro s/n
    Ilha do Governador, RJ, 21942-570
  • Website for Rio de Janeiro Galeao:
  • Phone: +55 21 3004 6050

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