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.

NOTE:  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. The National Civil Aviation Agency reported in early May 2014 that already, "...efficiency of Guarulhos Airport has increased by 30 percent since February 2014 - due to the quality of customer service and the speed of boarding loading & disembarking procedures..."
3. Passengers arriving at GRU and heading for Corinthians Arena :  Special air-conditioned express Buses will be in operation on FIFA match days June 12, 19, 23, 26 and July 9 for schedule open - the fare is R$36.50, paid by either cash, debit or credit card.  For other bus information to the city open: (The same fare also applies to regular buses to the Tiete Bus Terminal and to Congonhas Airport.    

Guarulhos International Airport has now four passengers terminals
- T1, T2, T3 & T4 - (or TPS1 through TPS4).  With the new T3, Aircraft positions increased from 61 to 108 and with the expansion of TPS2 and new TPS3, terminal area increased from 191,000 sq.meters to currently 387,000.
Military Police at T1, Wing B, mezzanine; tel.  (11) 2445-3750 / 2445-4404
Civil Police at T2, Wing C - Departures Level, tel. (11) 2445-2221 - (24/7 service)
ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency) at T1/T2, connecting corridor; tel. (11) 2445-2421
SETUR - Secretary of Sports & Tourism at Arrivals level of T1 & T2; tel. (11) 2445-3045 / 2793
Immigration Support Service at T1, Wing B, mezzanine; tel. (11) 2445-4719

Current & Future Airport developments: 

Terminal impovements

May 11, 2014: the new Terminal 3 opened after its first phase of construction and 9 airlines moved in - up to 20 other airlines will have transferred to it by Sept. 2014. The new terminal will continue to be upgraded & expanded in phases up to 2016, when it will accommodate up to 12 million passengers a year, and include a hotel with 50 rooms inside the post-security area.
Oct. 2014:  Terminals 1 & 2 modernization project starts - adding automated check-in & baggage systems, expanded passport control, a shopping center offering international brand names and restaurants - to be completed by summer 2016 - whereupon all three terminals are to be connected by an automated people mover.
2014-2024:  The 10-year plan calls for new buildings, garages, hotels and other ventures.
Transportation improvements scheduled for late 2014 -2015 and beyond: 
1. A new  bus terminal - to be completed ??.
2. Access routes to the Airport will be expanded 'with the arrival of Ring Road & Line 13 Jade CPTM'. 
3. The main runway will be widened in order to enable operations by the new larger aircraft.
4. Jade Line 13 of the CPTM Guarulhos commuter train will extend to neighboring city of Guarulhos - completion: 2015.
5. 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 to be completed ??.  It should also reduce travel time to the City by 20 mins (while the bus at present takes 55 mins).

  • 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 / fax 373

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