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The international airport ranks fifth in South America and second in the country in terms of passenger traffic. But finding cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro can prove to be a bit tricky unless you take a domestic flight.
Two Airports in Rio de Janeiro
The city’s international airport is called Rio de Janeiro/GaleÃ£o — Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) , most often known simply as GaleÃ£o International Airport. It is located 20 km from the city center. While sometimes the customs procedures can be easy and fast be prepared to wait (Brazilians are known to carry quite a lot of luggage).
The second airport serving Rio de Janeiro is Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) which receives only domestic flights, particularly from Sao Paulo. It is located right near the city center.
Airlines serving Rio de Janeiro
Some of the most important airlines serving the city include:
- Aerolianeas Argentinas — Argentina
- Air France — France
- Alitalia — Italy
- American Airlines – USA
- Avianca Brazil — Domestic (BrasÃlia, SÃ£o Paulo-Guarulhos)
- Azul Brazilian Airlines — Domestic (Campinas-Viracopos, CuiabÃ¡, Navegantes)
- British Airways — UK
- Continental Airlines — USA
- Delta Airlines — USA
- GOL — Domestic (SÃ£o Paulo-Guarulhos, BrasÃlia), Argentina, Chile
- Iberia — Spain
- LAN Airlines — Chile
- Lufthansa — Germany
- TAM Airlines — Domestic (BrasÃlia, SÃ£o Paulo-Congonhas, SÃ£o Paulo-Guarulhos), Argentina, Chile, USA, France
- TAP Portugal — Portugal
- United Airlines – USA
- WebJet — Domestic (BrasÃlia, SÃ£o Paulo-Guarulhos)
How to save on flights to Rio de Janeiro
There are two ways to save on flights to Rio de Janeiro. You can search for flights from your home airport (or the largest in your area) into Rio de Janeiro into Sao Paulo and then book a domestic flight into Rio de Janeiro.
Another idea is to try to travel during the low season. If you want to save money on flight to Rio de Janeiro avoid the Carnaval season at all costs. The low season lasts from May until October but you will risk having some low temperature days (“low” being 20C/70F). As for the rain, it’s so unpredictable that you can risk some even during the high season.