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Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) Airport

Sao Paulo Guarulhos GRU Airport Overview

The Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport GRU is Brazil's primary airport - and the busiest in Latin America (now operated by a private consortium of  Invepar/ACSA, which manages all of the three major airports serving the greater Sao Paulo metropolitan area, including Congonhas CGH, 8 km from city center, and the Viracopos Campinas VCP, 99 km from the city. 

GRU Airport can be reached directly from Rod Helio Schmidt Highway and is located in the district of Cumbica, city of Guarulhos, in the  greater metropolitan area of the City of Sao Paulo - 25 km northeast of of its city center. The Tropic of Capricorn passes directly through the southern tip of the Airport. Guarulhos Airport is accessible by both the Presidente Dutra and the Ayrton Senna motorways, which connect directly to the Rodovia Helio Smidt (SP-019) acccess road into the Airport.

With two long runways and an estimated yearly passenger count of 32 million,  Sao Paul Guarulhos International is served by major domestic and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. The Airport is currently restricted to a maximum of 45 operations an hour.  Extension of the runways is to be completed by 2014.

1. International flights have their busiest departure hours in the evening (arrive three hours ahead of scheduled flight), and international arrivals have their busiest hours in the morning (making the immigration lines particularly slow-moving).  Due to ongoing construction work allow for plenty of time for check-in & departure, as well as for transfer.
2. Until April 2014, count on long lines, confusing signs, language problems, and crowded facilities. In the past, passenger reviews had given the Airport service low marks - however, it was just confirmed by its operator that the new terminal 3 will indeed officially open partially by completing its first phase of construction prior to the April 2014.

Guarulhos International Airport has presently three passengers terminals - T1, T2 & T4 (with a fourth (T3) to open in April 2014.
Future Airport developments:  1. Guarulhos Airport is undergoing major renovation & modernization projects in both terminals 1 & 2, with automated check-in & baggage systems, expanded passport control, a shopping center offering international brand names and restaurants. 
2. A new passenger terminal 3 (or 'TPS3' ) with a capacity of up to 12M passengers a year will include a hotel with 50 rooms inside the post-security area - scheduled to open partially  prior to the World Cup opening.
3. Upon completion, Terminals 1, 2 & 3 are to be connected by means of an automated people mover.
4. In addition,  the Airport is to get a bus terminal, access routes to the Airport will be expanded 'with the arrival of Ring Road & Line 13 Jade CPTM'. 
The main runway will be widened in order to enable operations by the new larger aircraft.

1. Scheduled for April 2014, (in time for the World Cup): The entire project (but including only  first phase of construction on new Terminal 3).
2. Scheduled for late 2014:  Construction of  the new Onyx train line 14, called 'Airport Express'  (a high-speed train connecting Guarulhos Airport with both Rio de Janeiro and Campinas Airports) has started in March 2013 and is . It should reduce travel time to the City by 20 mins (while the bus at present takes 55 mins).
3. Scheduled for 2015: Jade Line 13 of the CPTM Guarulhos commuter train will extend to neighboring city of Guarulhos.
3. Scheduled for 2016: The entire renovation / modernization undertaking is to be completed by 2016,  when Terminal 3 will accommodate up to 12 million passengers a year, and include a hotel with 50 rooms inside the post-security area. All three terminals will then be connected by means of automated people mover. 

  • Address:
    Rod. Helio Smidt s/n Cumbica Guarulhos-SP
    Guarulhos, Cumbica District, 07.190-100
  • Website for Sao Paulo Guarulhos:
  • Phone: +55 11 2445 2945

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