Rio de Janeiro/Galeão International Airport

Terminal de passageiros e torre de controle no Aeroporto Internacional do Rio de Janeiro.
Source: Portal da Copa /Governo Federal Brasileiro / Daniel Basil
Airport typePublic/Military
ServesRio de Janeiro
Hub forGol Transportes Aéreos
Elevation AMSL9 m / 28 ft
Coordinates22°48′36″S 043°15′02″WCoordinates: 22°48′36″S 043°15′02″W

Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (IATA: GIG, ICAO: SBGL), popularly known by its original name Galeão International Airport, is the main airport serving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2019, it was the country’s fourth-busiest airport by passenger traffic. 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; and since January 5, 1999 also after the Brazilian musician Antonio Carlos Jobim. Galeão Airport is explicitly mentioned in his composition Samba do avião. It is the largest airport site in terms of area in Brazil.

Since August 12, 2014 it has been operated by the concessionary Rio Galeão, a consortium formed by the Brazilian investor Odebrecht and Changi Airport Group, with a minority participation of the government owned company Infraero, the previous operator. The new concessionary has been using the brand name RIOgaleão – Aeroporto Internacional Tom Jobim.

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


Inside Terminal 2
Source: Portal Brasil 2016 (Olimpíadas)
/Governo Federal Brasileiro / Roberto Castro

On August 31, 2009, the previous operator, Infraero, unveiled a R$819 million (US$431 million; €302 million) investment plan to upgrade 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 would host. The investment was supposed to be distributed as follows:

The new concessionary Rio Galeão has revised, modified and upgraded those plans to include the construction of a new pier with 26 new bridges, a new apron for 97 aircraft, and 2,640 car-parking spaces have been added in 2016–17, which would sum up to R$2 billion reais.

Airlines and destinations

Since March 2020, the check-in and baggage claim areas of Terminal 1 are not in use. All passengers must use Terminal 2 to access the boarding gates of any terminal.

Aerolíneas ArgentinasBuenos Aires–Ezeiza
Seasonal: Córdoba
Aerolíneas Argentinas
operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas
Seasonal: Rosario
Air FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle
AmaszonasSanta Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru
American AirlinesMiami (resumes 5 June 2020)
Seasonal: New York–JFK (resumes 17 December 2020)
Azul Brazilian AirlinesBelo Horizonte–Confins, Campinas, Recife, Ribeirão Preto
British AirwaysLondon–Heathrow
Copa AirlinesPanama City–Tocumen
Delta Air LinesAtlanta
Seasonal: New York–JFK
Edelweiss AirZürich (resumes 6 July 2020)
EmiratesBuenos Aires–Ezeiza, Dubai–International, Santiago de Chile
FlybondiBuenos Aires–El Palomar
Gol Transportes AéreosAracaju, Belém, Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Campinas, Córdoba, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiânia, João Pessoa, Maceió, Manaus, Montevideo, Natal, Navegantes, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rosario, Salvador da Bahia, Santiago de Chile, São Luís, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Vitória
Gol Transportes Aéreos
operated by VoePass
LATAM BrasilBrasília, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Montevideo, Natal, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Congonhas, São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM ChileSantiago de Chile
LATAM ParaguayAsunción, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
LATAM PerúLima
Norwegian Air UKLondon–Gatwick
ParanairSeasonal: Asunción
Royal Air MarocCasablanca (resumes 7 June 2020)
Sky AirlineSantiago de Chile
TAP Air PortugalLisbon, Porto
United AirlinesHouston–Intercontinental (resumes 6 July 2020)


CargoluxCampinas, Luxembourg
LATAM Cargo BrasilBelo Horizonte–Confins, Cabo Frio, Campinas, Ciudad del Este, Curitiba, Manaus, Miami, Porto Alegre, São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Cargo ChileAmsterdam, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Frankfurt, Miami, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Cargo ColombiaBogotá, Lima, Miami, Quito
Rio Linhas AéreasRecife, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Sky Lease CargoMiami


Apron view of Terminal 2
Source: Andrevruas
Galeão at the background
Source: Halley Pacheco de Oliveira

Terminal 1
Source: Portal Brasil 2016 (Olimpíadas) /Governo Federal Brasileiro

Source: Portal Brasil 2016 (Olimpíadas) /Governo Federal Brasileiro / Roberto Castro.

Accidents and incidents


TransCarioca BRT station at GIG, during the official opening ceremony.
Source: Rodrigo Bethlem

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 the BRT integrated public transportation system links Terminals 1 and 2 with Terminal Alvorada in Barra da Tijuca with an intermediate stop at the Line 2 subway Vicente de Carvalho station, where one can access the entire subway system. At Alvorada one can transfer between the TransCarioca and TransOeste lines. The system operates 24 hours a day and tickets are sold in the BRT booths on the arrivals level.

Premium Auto Ônibus operates executive bus 2018, that runs half-hourly between 05:30 and 23:30 hours from the airport to 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, but using a different and more direct route via the Linha Amarela (“Yellow Line”) expressway. Bus 2101 is an express link between Galeão and Santos Dumont airports, and bus 2145 is a normal city bus service to the Central Bus Station, downtown, and Santos Dumont Airport. It runs every 20 minutes between 05:30 and 22:30 hours. Ticket counters for these bus services are located at the arrivals area of both terminals.

Viação 1001 operates the urban bus line 761-D from the airport to Niterói. Furthermore, the same company operates an executive service to Armação dos Búzios four times a day. Departure is from the arrivals level of Terminal 1.

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 Sides of the city.

Source: wikipedia.