Big in Brazil

Sebastian Schmitz visits São Paulo/Guarulhos – South America’s biggest airport – as it looks to expand further and details why it’s third time lucky for the continent’s most densely populated city.

São Paulo is Brazil’s economic powerhouse and its largest city, ballooning from a population of 2.3m in 1950 to more than 21.8m people in 2019. Multibillion-dollar companies including Ambev also call the megacity home. With almost 10% of Brazil’s total population living in the city and its suburbs, São Paulo needs a large, well connected airport just to keep going. But keeping abreast of the city’s air transport needs hasn’t been easy.

A gaggle of GOL Boeing 737-800s parked at Terminal 2. The Rio de Janeiro-based carrier is Guarulhos’ second largest airline.
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One City, Three Airports

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