The new passenger terminal at the Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo was officially opened this Tuesday (20.05) by President Dilma Rousseff. The structure, which has been operation since 11 May, is capable of catering for 12 million passengers per year. “It’s a big calling card we present to tourists arriving for the World Cup", said the president.
“This is a very special moment, when we start seeing the fruit of investments made in the airport area. And we know it was worthwhile when we see a structure like this”, stated Rousseff.
Construction works of terminal 3, which will cater exclusively for international flights, is part of a concession contract signed in June 2012. Since then, around R$ 3 billion were invested in construction works, which have increased the airport’s total capacity to approximately 42 million passengers per year.
The new 192 thousand square metre terminal turns the Guarulhos Airport into the second biggest in the southern hemisphere, according to the concession holder.
Five airlines are already operating in terminal 3 – TAP, Swiss Airlines, Lufthansa, Air China and Air Canada. Up until the World Cup, another three companies will start operating at the terminal: Turkish, Emirates and United Airlines.
For the World Cup, 25% of the international flights will use the new structure. When the transfer is concluded, this figure will increase to 80%, with 25 airlines operating from the terminal.
Terminal 3 is five storeys high and has 34 aircraft parking positions in the yard. In order to improve the flow of people, 108 check-in desks have been installed, as well as 26 self-check-in kiosks and 104 passport control desks. In addition, 108 stores provide a wider choice of shopping and food.
“We’re introducing a new paradigm for airports in Brazil”, said Antonio Miguel Marques, CEO of the group that holds the concession contract for Guarulhos Airport. “(Terminal 3) will be used for the World Cup, but also by this new Brazil in years to come", concluded Dilma.