PortoAlegre Filho (POA) Airport

PortoAlegre Filho POA Airport Overview

Porto Alegre Salgado Filho International Airport POA serves the southeast Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul and its capital city of Porto Alegre. It is Brazil's fourth-largest metro area.

Salgado Filho Airport is located in the Sao Joao district - 7 km from downtown Porto Alegre. Motorway 290 connects to motorway 116 - then follow Airport sign. The Convention Center is 7 km, and main hotel chains 1 km from the Airport.

With an extended runway and a yearly passenger count of over 8 million, Porto Alegre Airport is served by  domestic and international airlines offering flights to cities in the Americas and to Europe, with connections worldwide. 

Porto Alegre Airport has two passenger terminals - T1 & T2 (or TPS-I & TPS-II). 
While the two terminals are at different locations - T1 is at Av. Severo Dulius (CEP code of 90.200-310), and T2 is on Av. dos Estados (CEP code 90.200-000) - both terminals are within walking distance of each other.  T1 has 5 boarding bridges and is more than twice the size of T2.
Airlines currently at Terminal 1: Aerolineas Argentinas, Avianca, BQB, Copa, Gol, TAM, Taca, & TAP; 
Airlines currently at Terminal 2: Azul.

International Arrivals of non-Brazilian citizens:  As most international flights are taken either via Sao Paolo's Guarulhos Airiport or the Rio de Janeiro Galeao Airport - expect a 2-hour transfer procedure there:  You will go through passport control (30 minutes); then claim your bags and proceed to the Customs area; thereafter go to your connecting airline desk (at Guarulhos these desks are behind a cafeteria, 50 meters after Customs). After completion of formalities there, proceed to your connecting gate of your Porto Alegre flight.

Amenities and services inside the terminals:
Aside from a selection of food & drink, retail concessions, and duty-free shops, you find the following:  Information desk Infraero (tel. (51) 3358-2903. Lost & Found (51) 3358-2903;  pharmacy Drogabel (51) 3358-2577, postal service 3371-4523;  baggage storage: (51) 3371-4869; . Banking facilities are available at bank branches, at ATM cash machines, & at currency exchange booths. Other services include internet access, first aid station, baggage wrapping, shoeshine, travel agencies, and more.
Parking is available in the parking garage across from the terminals. For parking information call (51) 3358-2449.

Present and future Airport deveopments: 
In March 2015 the Government announced that it considers privatizing both Porto Alegre & Salvador Magalhaes airports. Furthermore, the new concessionaire is to construct and manage a new airport in Porto Alegre - due to the fact that the Airport will soon approach capacity (15.3M passengers a year), and that there is no space for runway extension. 
The most recent news of April 30, 2015 points out that the new operating entity (not yet named) will be tasked to build a totally new Airport (as Salgado Filho, operating at full capacity, has no room for expansion. By the end of July 2015, no bidding entity has yet been named.

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