Airports in Brazil


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The largest country in South America, Brazil, is kind of hard to explore without resorting to domestic flights. And many travelers arrive here by plane, as well, although there are buses connecting Brazil to the rest of South American countries.

Famous for its football (soccer for the North Americans), Carnival, Amazon with its rain forest, Iguacu Falls and vibrant nightlife, Brazil is a country which easily gets under your skin and you fall in love with it.

Citizens from most of South American countries can enter Brazil without a visa, but with a valid ID card and stay here for up to 90 days. Citizens of the European Union don’t need a visa either and can enter the country with a valid passport and stay here for up to 90 days. Both US and Canadian citizens need a visa to enter Brazil.

Most important airports in Brazil

Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) is by far the largest international airport in Brazil and serves Sao Paulo. The airport is hub for Gol Airlines and TAM Airlines. It receives direct flights from Europe (Paris, Rome, Lisbon, Amsterdam), North America (USA), Central America, South America, Africa and Middle East. Of course, it also handles domestic flights.

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The second most important airport in the country is Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport (GIG) , popularly known as Galeao International Airport , serving Rio de Janeiro. It is not a hub for any airline but handles flights to/from Europe (Paris, Rome, London), North America (Dallas, Atlanta), Caribbean, Central America and South America. It also handles domestic flights.

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Brasília—Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport (BSB) serves the capital of Brasilia and is an important airport in the country (3rd busiest by passenger traffic in 2011). It is not hub for any airline , but handles flights to/from North America (Miami, Atlanta), South America, Central America, Europe (Lisbon), as well as domestic flights.

Tancredo Neves International Airport (CNF) serves Belo Horizonte and was the 5th busiest airport by passenger traffic in 2011. It’s not hub for any airline and handles domestic flights and flights to/from North America (Miami), South America, Central America and Europe (Lisbon).

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