Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) Airport

Sao Paulo Guarulhos GRU Airport Overview

The Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport GRU - also referred to as 'Cumbica' Airport - 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.

- GRU utilizes the 'Mobile Apps Scan and Go' - upload your your boarding pass onto your I-phone, then simply scan it there.
- International flights have their busiest departure hours in the evening (arrive three hours ahead of scheduled flight), while international arrivals have their busiest hours in the morning (making the immigration lines particularly slow-moving). 
- As Brazil's economy has cooled down, there will be less ambitious undertakings - evidenced by the lack of current news (the last of which were in June 2015.) 

On-Airport Hotels:
 - 'Tryp by Wyndham Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport' is currently the first hotel in the Southern Hemisphere, whose location is in the post-security area of a passenger terminal.  The 80-room hotel is in Terminal 3, level 1's transit area - tel. +55 (11) 2445-8100 or open:
 - 'Fast Sleep' (part of the Slaveiro Hotel chain) offers 40 rooms and 6 suites at Terminal 2's public area - domestic arrivals east. Tel. +55 (11) 2445-2356 or visit:

Guarulhos International Airport has four passengers terminals - T1 (former T4),  new T2 (merged with of old T1 & T2 - to open Dec. 2016, and T3. 

Current Airlines serving Guarulhos Airport:  Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, American, Asul, Avianca, Boliviana de Aviacion, British Airways, Copa, Cubana, Delta, Emirates, Ethiopian, Etihad, GOL, TAM, Iberia, KLM, Korean Air, LATAM, Lufthansa, Passaredo, Qatar, Royal Air Maroc, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAAG, TACA, TAP, United, 
Note that Airlines may use any one of the three terminals - therefore, watch the overhead screens, or open: 
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:

- Guarulhos Airport is one of the Brazilian airports to get 'facial recognition technology of NEC's NeoFace Watch solution.
- Old terminals T1 & T2 will have merged into new Terminal 2 by year-end 2016.  Already, the former T4 has been renamed to Terminal 1 - ending by yearend with Terminals 1 through 3. Thereafter all three terminals will be connected by an automated people mover.
- The new Terminal 3 continued its upgrades into 2016, accommodating up to 12 million passengers annually, with its own hotel inside the post-security area (with 50 rooms).
- 2014-2024: 
The 10-year plan calls for new buildings, garages, hotels and other ventures.

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