Talk:Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport

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Official Name[edit]

The official name of the airport now is Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim. You can see the name in several road signs on the way to the airport.

Did a copy-editing pass over the article. Someone who knows Brazilian airports (not me!) should check that the information is intact. PaulV 01:09, 24 July 2005 (UTC)

I was recently discussing with other Brazilians the name of the airport, and it was mentioned that the Galeão airport got the name of Jobim appended to it because of the Bossa Nova Tune by Jobim called "Samba do Avião" (the airplane samba), which the lyrics narrates the beauty of the city as seen from above (from an airplane). The airport couldn't just be renamed to Antonio Carlos Jobim because that would "break" the song, since one of its verse mention the airport name as "Galeão" :). It's a nice story, and seems to make sense, but I can't confirm that it is true, though. --Pinnecco 17:18, 3 January 2006 (UTC)
Couldn't the road signs just be because everyone knows it as just "Galeão", and thus the old name was added to prevent confusion? I've never before heard it called by both names as if they were one, only mentioning both the old and new names. The Infraero site is less than clear about it (it tends to call the airport just "Galeão"). --cesarb 23:40, 10 June 2006 (UTC)
Sorry but I just came back form Rio. Regardless of the reason, the official name is "Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim", and therefore it should be named this way here. --Pinnecco 11:46, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
And oh, by the way there is nothing "unclear" about the airport name at Infraero's site. It CLEARLY says "Galeão - Antônio Caros Jobim". Here is the link
It still looks unclear to me; it could simply be showing both names (and BTW, while you just came back from Rio, I live here). However, I went to the source: here's LEI Nº 9.778, DE 5 DE JANEIRO DE 1999, which is the one which renamed the airport. As you can see, the official name is even longer; it's "Aeroporto Internacional do Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim". Looks like there's no circumflex accent after all. But should we really use the full name? According to Wikipedia:Naming conventions (common names), the most common name should be used (and AFAIK the most commonly used name around here is "aeroporto do Galeão", which is "Galeão airport"). The Portuguese Wikipedia is currently using "Aeroporto Internacional do Rio de Janeiro". --cesarb 16:14, 24 June 2006 (UTC)
LOL. Big deal you live there. I am from there as well. I only mention I just came from Rio simply for the fact that arrived/departed through the GIG and that I saw the traffic signs at Ilha do Governador all around. I didn't mentioned it to start some competition of who is Carioca or not (we can all see eachother's userpage, valew shock? ;-)). As for the naming, I agree/confirm that everyone simply reffers to the airport as "Galeão", but I suggest to keep all name variations redirecting to the Official Name or "Rio de Janeiro International Airport" to match the PT Wikipedia article. --Pinnecco 20:16, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Biggest airport[edit]

I was just wondering if Galeão really is the biggest airport in Brazil. Guarulhos in São Paulo ought to be a bigger and more busy one. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:28, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

São Paulo is busier but, as the article states, Galeão is the biggest airport site. In other words, the area occupied by Galeão is larger than the one occupied by Guarulhos. This area includes terminals, aprons, runways, maintenance hangars, cargo terminals etc. Take a similar case in the US, Dallas has an area larger than let's say Los Angeles, although LAX, I guess, is busier. The consequence is that Galeão has plenty of room to grow whereas this is not the case with Guarulhos. Furthermore Galeão has indeed the longest runway in Brazil, with 4.000m (Brunoptsem (talk) 22:19, 4 March 2010 (UTC))

About the use of the name Varig[edit]

Just a clarification: VRG Linhas Aéreas, the operator of the brand Gol Airlines, purchased some years ago the brand Varig (only the brand and some rights, not the assets) giving rise to the common mistake of mixing the so-called "old" Varig with "new" Varig. The original Varig ("old" Varig) is presently known as Flex Linhas Aéreas and only operates flights on behalf of other airlines, particularly Gol Airlines, under G3 flight numbers. The present Varig ("new" Varig) refers to a completely new airline started in 2005. In 2008, "New" Varig and Gol Airlines were merged under the name of VRG Linhas Aéreas but the brands Gol and Varig were kept separate. Although both use the IATA code G3, Gol has all economy class aircraft whereas the "new" Varig operates Boeings 737-700 with business and economy classes, on longer-haul flights and to holiday destinations. To put in short, presently the planes with the name Varig refer to the "new" Varig and not to the "old" Varig. (Brunoptsem (talk) 00:11, 5 March 2010 (UTC))

Clarification about JJ GIG/MCO flights[edit]

TAM Airlines will launch flights from Rio de Janeiro to Orlando on October 29, 2012. But it keeps getting deleted. Make sure it doesn't get deleted again. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:44, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

GIG/MCO direct flights (without connection at GRU) are not available yet at and no official announcement has been made by the airline. Furthermore, the date is unreferenced with reliable sources (no blogs please). Please sign comments on talk pages. Thanks (Brunoptsem (talk) 10:41, 12 July 2012 (UTC))

Rio Galeão[edit]

The private operator has chosen the name Concessionária Rio Galeão, as per its website and it only began to operate the airport in August 2014 according to the same website and to several media sources in Brazil, which reported this fact. Therefore, I have made some changes in the text. Jgsodre (talk) 05:01, 19 August 2014 (UTC)