Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport

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Rio de Janeiro/Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional do Rio de Janeiro/Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim
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IATA: GIGICAO: SBGL
Summary
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Aeroporto Rio de Janeiro S/A
Serves Rio de Janeiro
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 9 m / 28 ft
Coordinates 22°48′36″S 043°15′02″W / 22.81000°S 43.25056°W / -22.81000; -43.25056Coordinates: 22°48′36″S 043°15′02″W / 22.81000°S 43.25056°W / -22.81000; -43.25056
Website riogaleao.com.br
Map
GIG is located in Rio de Janeiro
GIG
GIG
Location within greater Rio de Janeiro
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 4,000 13,123 Concrete
15/33 3,180 10,433 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 17,115,368
Aircraft Operations 143,245
Metric tonnes of cargo 116,147
Statistics: Infraero[1]
Sources: Airport Website,[2] ANAC[3]

Rio de Janeiro/Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (IATA: GIGICAO: SBGL), popularly known by its original name Galeão International Airport, is the main airport serving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is named after Praia do Galeão (Galleon Beach), located in front of the original passenger terminal (the present passenger terminal of the Brazilian Air Force) and where in 1663 the galleon Padre Eterno was built;[4][5] and since January 5, 1999 also after the Brazilian musician Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim.[6] Galeão Airport is explicitly mentioned in his composition "Samba do avião."

Since August 12, 2014[7] it is operated by the concessionary Rio Galeão,[8] a consortium formed by the Brazilian investor Odebrecht and Changi Airport Group, with a minoritary participation of the government owned company Infraero, the previous operator.[9] It is the largest airport site in terms of size in Brazil.

Some of its facilities are shared with the Galeão Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force.

History[edit]

A tribute to Tom Jobim at Rio de Janeiro International Airport

The history of the airport begins on May 10, 1923 when a School of Naval Aviation was established near Galeão beach on Governador Island.[10] On May 22, 1941 with the creation of the Brazilian Air Force Ministry, the school became the Galeão Air Force Base; a terminal and hangars were built and the runway extended. Those buildings still exist and Galeão Air Force Base is still active. When Brazil declared war against the Axis on August 22, 1942, the aerodrome began to be used intensely by the Allies for military operations related to the World War II.[11]

At the end of the war, Santos Dumont Airport was unable to handle the increased tonnage of aircraft flying on international routes and number of passengers. For this reason, international flights were gradually moved to the site of the Air Force Base. The services were however precarious and a decision was made to build a brand new passenger terminal, opposite to the Air Force Base, across the runway.

On February 1, 1952 the new passenger terminal was opened and remained in use with enlargements until 1977. This terminal is used by passenger flights operated by the Brazilian Air Force. The cargo terminal is also located in the area and all-cargo aircraft usually park at its adjoining apron. The whole complex is now informally known as the "old Galeão."

By 1970 the airport was Brazil's major international and domestic air-hub. In that year, its administration was taken over by Infraero, an agency then recently created by the Brazilian government.

As proof of the airport's prestige, the Concorde made its scheduled maiden-flight with Air France on January 21, 1976, flying from Paris – Charles de Gaulle to Galeão via Dakar. Those twice-weekly flights were discontinued in 1982. Furthermore, the 007 – James Bond production Moonraker (1979) shows the Concorde touching down at Galeão.

On June 6, 1967 in response the growth of the air traffic in Brazil, the Brazilian military government initiated studies concerning the renovation of the airport infrastructure in Brazil. As part of the conclusions of these studies, because of their location, strategic importance, and security issues, new passenger facilities would be constructed in the areas of Galeão Air Force Base in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo Air Force Base in São Paulo.[12]

On January 20, 1977, when the airport was receiving all of Brazil's major international flights, this new terminal was opened and all scheduled passenger flights were transferred to the new building. This building is known today as Passenger Terminal 1. One of the features dating from this time is the sultry PA system announcements made by Iris Lettieri, which were featured on National Public Radio.[13]

In 1985 the airport lost the title of the country's major international airport to São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport. At that time, a new runway allowing intercontinental flights with no weight restrictions was opened in São Paulo and Brazilian and foreign airlines increasingly used São Paulo as a national and international hub. As a consequence, the number of transiting passengers dropped. Constant efforts were made by the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro to reverse the trend. As a result, after stagnating for years embittered by the loss of domestic flights to Santos Dumont and international flights to São Paulo-Guarulhos Airports, Galeão has – since late 2004 – gradually recovered its importance in the national and international spheres with addition of flights and airlines.

During the year 1991, Passenger Terminal 1 underwent its first major renovation in preparation for the United Nations Earth Summit held in 1992. Its annual capacity was increased to 7,5 million passengers/year. On July 20, 1999 Passenger Terminal 2 was opened. The airport has those two passenger terminals in elliptical format, each with twelve jetways and capable of handling 7,5 million passengers annually.

On April 26, 2011 it was confirmed that in order to speed-up much needed renovation and up-grade works, private companies would be granted a concession to explore some Infraero airports among them, on a second phase, Galeão.[14] The plan was confirmed on May 31, 2011 and it was added that Infraero would retain 49% of the shares of each privatized airport.[15] On November 22, 2013 the Brazilian Government had a bidding process to determine the airport's private operator from 2014 until 2039. The Group Aeroporto Rio de Janeiro formed by Grupo Odebrecht (60%) and Changi Airport Group (40%) paid BRL 19 billion and won the competition.[16][17] The contract was signed on April 2, 2014.[18][19]

One of the two TAP Maintenance & Engineering centers in Brazil is located at Galeão International Airport.

Future developments[edit]

On August 31, 2009, the previous operator, Infraero, unveiled a BRL819 million (USD431 million; EUR302 million) investiment plan to up-grade Galeão International Airport focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which was held in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro being one of the venue cities, and the 2016 Summer Olympics, which Rio de Janeiro will host. The investiment was supposed to be distributed as follows:[20]

  • Renovation of Passenger Terminal 1. Value 314.9 million. Expected to be completed: February 2011
  • Completion and renovation of Passenger Terminal 2. Value 284.0 million. Expected to be completed: May 2012
  • Construction of further parking. Value 220.0 million. Expected to be completed: May 2013

All works have started but have not yet been completed.

Moreover, according to Rio Galeão, 26 new bridges and 2,640 parking spaces will be added to the airport until 2016, among other renovations, which will sum up R$2 billion reais.[21]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

In August 2014, section A of Terminal 1 is under renovation and section C of Terminal 2 is not in use.

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Aeroparque, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Puerto Iguazú 1C
Aeroméxico Mexico City 1C
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson (begins 12 December 2014)[22] TBD
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle 1C
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino 1C
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK 2A
Avianca Bogotá 1C
Avianca Brazil Brasília, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, João Pessoa, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo–Guarulhos 1C
Avianca Peru Lima 1C
Azul Brazilian Airlines Campinas, Cuiabá, Fortaleza, Navegantes 1B
BQB Líneas Aéreas Seasonal: Montevideo 2B
British Airways London–Heathrow 1C
Copa Airlines Panama City 1C
Delta Air Lines Atlanta 2A
Emirates Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Dubai–International 2A
Gol Transportes Aéreos Aracaju, Belém, Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Campina Grande, Campinas, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiânia, João Pessoa, Macapá, Maceió, Manaus, Maringá, Miami, Natal, Navegantes, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador da Bahia, Santo Domingo–Las Americas, São Luís, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Vitória 1B
Gol Transportes Aéreos
operated by Varig
São Paulo–Guarulhos 1B
Iberia Madrid 1C
KLM Amsterdam 1C
LAN Airlines Santiago de Chile 2D
Lufthansa Frankfurt 2B
Passaredo Linhas Aéreas Cuiabá, Goiânia, Ribeirão Preto, Uberlândia 2D
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda 2B
TAM Airlines Belém, Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Campinas, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, João Pessoa, Maceió, Manaus, Miami, Montevideo, Natal, New York–JFK, Orlando, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador da Bahia, Santarém, São Luís, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Vitória 2D
TAP Portugal Lisbon, Porto 2B
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental 2A
US Airways Charlotte (ends 13 September 2014; resumes from 02 December 2014 to 10 January 2015)[23] 2A

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
ABSA Cargo Airline Belo Horizonte–Confins, Cabo Frio, Campinas, Ciudad del Este, Curitiba, Manaus, Miami, Porto Alegre, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Centurion Air Cargo Miami, Santiago de Chile
Evergreen International Airlines Miami
LAN Cargo Amsterdam, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Frankfurt, Miami, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile
LANCO Bogotá, Lima, Miami, Quito
Rio Linhas Aéreas Recife, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo–Guarulhos
SkyLease Cargo Miami

Statistics[edit]

International passenger destinations as of February 2013
Apron view of Terminal 2
Control Tower
Year Number of passengers[24]
2003 4,619,229
2004 6,024,930
2005 8,657,139
2006 8,856,527
2007 10,352,616
2008 10,754,689
2009 11,828,656
2010 12,229,513
2011 14,926,615
2012 17,491,744
2013 17,115,368
Tourists in Rio de Janeiro, arriving by plane according to the country of residence (2012)[25]
Rank Country Number of passengers
1 Argentina 255,844
2 United States 159,997
3 France 81,756
4 Chile 78,426
5 United Kingdom 59,903
6 Germany 53,840
7 Italy 50,085
8 Portugal 37,733
9 Spain 30,300
10 Colombia 20,092

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Major accidents involving fatalities[edit]

  • April 29, 1952: a Pan Am Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10–26 registration N1039V operating flight 202 en route from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão to New York via Port of Spain crashed in the jungle in the south of the State of Pará. Probable causes are the separation of no. 2 engine and propeller from the aircraft due to highly unbalanced forces followed by uncontrollability and disintegration of the aircraft. All 50 passengers and crew died.[26]
  • July 27, 1952: a Pan Am Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10–26 registration N1030V operating flight 201 en route from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão to Buenos Aires-Ezeiza following pressurization problems during climb, a door blew open, a passenger was blown out and the cabin considerably damaged. One passenger died.[27]
  • January 11, 1959: a Lufthansa Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation registration D-ALAK operating flight 502 flying from Hamburg to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão via Frankfurt, Paris-Orly and Dakar crashed during approach under heavy rain at Galeão. The crew descended below minimums. Of the 39 passengers and crew aboard, 3 survived. This was the first accident of Lufthansa after it was re-established.[28]
  • December 22, 1959: a VASP Vickers Viscount 827 registration PP-SRG while on approach to land at Rio de Janeiro-Galeão was involved in a mid-air collision with the Brazilian Air Force Fokker S-11 (T-21) registration FAB0742 in the vicinity of Manguinhos Airport. All 32 people on board the Viscount were killed, as were a further ten on the ground. The T-21 pilot parachuted to safety. This accident eventually led to the closure of Manguinhos Airport.[29][30][31]
  • August 20, 1962: a Panair do Brasil Douglas DC-8-33 registration PP-PDT taking-off from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão to Lisbon overran the runway into the ocean during an aborted operation. Of the 120 passengers and crew aboard 14 died.[32][33]
  • June 9, 1973: a Varig cargo Boeing 707-327C registration PP-VJL flying from Campinas-Viracopos to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão while making an instrument approach to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão had technical problems with the spoilers which eventually caused the aircraft to pitch down, descended fast, struck approach lights and ditch. All 6 occupants died.[34]
  • July 26, 1979: a Lufthansa cargo Boeing 707-330C registration D-ABUY operating flight 527 from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão to Frankfurt via Dakar collided with a mountain 5 minutes after take-off from Galeão. The crew of 3 died.[35]
  • June 28, 1984: a TAM Airlines Embraer EMB 110C Bandeirante registration PP-SBC operating a chartered flight by Petrobras en route from Rio de Janeiro–Galeão to Macaé flew into São João Hill hill while descending through rain and clouds over the Municipality of São Pedro da Aldeia. All 16 passengers and 2 crew died. The passengers were journalists of well-known Brazilian networks who were preparing a special report about the Campos Basin oil fields.[36][37]
  • June 1, 2009: an Air France Airbus 330-203 registration F-GZCP operating flight 447 en route from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão to Paris-Charles de Gaulle disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean 565 km (351 mi) north-east of Natal. All 228 passengers and crew on board died. The official cause of the accident, the worst in the airline's history, is incorrect speed readings due to pitot tube ice blockage, followed by inappropriate pilot inputs.[38]

Incidents[edit]

Access[edit]

The airport is located 20 km (12 mi) north of downtown Rio de Janeiro.

There are executive (blue) and ordinary (yellow) taxis available and bookable on company booths at arrival halls of both terminals.

TransCarioca line of Bus Rapid Transit integrated public transportation system links Terminals 1 and 2 with Bus Terminal Alvorada in Barra da Tijuca with an intermediate stop at Line 2 Subway Station Vicente de Carvalho, where one can access the entire subway system. At Alvorada TransCarioca one can transfer to Transoeste system. The system operates between 5:00 and 23:00 hours and tickets are sold in the BRT booths on the arrivals level.[41]

Premium Auto Ônibus operates executive bus 2018, that runs half-hourly between 05:30 and 23:30 hours, from the airport to the Central Bus Station, Rio de Janeiro downtown, Santos Dumont Airport, and the southern parts of the city along the shore, with final stop at Alvorada Bus Terminal in Barra da Tijuca. Bus 2918 follows a similar schedule to Alvorada Bus Terminal following a different and more direct route using via Amarela. Bus 2101 is an express link between Galeão and Santos Dumont airports and bus 2145 is a normal service to the Central Bus Station, downtown, and Santos Dumont Airport. It runs every 20 minutes between 05:30 and 22:30 hours.[42] Ticket counters for these bus services are located at the arrivals area of both terminals.

Viação 1001 operates bus 761-D from the airport to Niterói.[43]

Ordinary city busses 924 and 925 operate to the neighborhood of Ilha do Governador and 915 to Bonsucesso. From both neighborhoods there are connections to the North and South Zones of the city.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Lista de aeródromos públicos" (in Portuguese). ANAC. 
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