Flight Operations to Rio de Janeiro

Flight Operations to Rio de Janeiro

Flight Operations to Rio de Janeiro: Rio Carnival 2019 gets underway from Friday, March 1 until Saturday, March 9. Considered the biggest carnival on the planet, it will see two million people take to the city’s street per day. Here’s how to access Rio’s two business gateway airports.

Rio de Janeiro / Antonio Carlos Jobim / Galeao International Airport 
  • IATA: GIG 
  • ICAO: SBGL
  • Coordinates: S22-48.6/W043-15.0 
  • Elevation: 28 ft. 
  • Magnetic variation: 22W 
  • Fuel type: Jet only
  • Time zone: GMT -3 hours
Rio de Janeiro / Santos Dumont Airport (Domestic Airport) 
  • IATA: SDU
  • ICAO: SBRJ
  • Coordinates: S22-54.6/W043-09.8 
  • Elevation: 10 ft. 
  • Magnetic variation: 22W
  • Fuel type: Jet / AVGAS
  • Time zone: GMT -3 hours
Operational Information
  • Private and non-scheduled flights require overflight and landing permits
  • Liquids more than 100mls are not allowed for international flights
  • There are no significant NOTAMs at this time
  • There are no parking restrictions

For details on Crew Visa Requirements for Brazil, check out this blog:  

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Transport
  • Taxis are widely available
  • Most major rental cars are available at both airports
  • Limo services are available
Accommodation

Hotels near the airport (SBGL):

  • Linx Hotel International Airport Galeao
  • Best Western Multi Suites
  • Rio Aeroporto Hotel

Hotels near the airport (SBRJ): 

  • Hotel Ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont
  • Novotel RJ Santos Dumont
  • Hotel Atlantico Business
  • Note: There are many options and many price levels in this area as it is close to the downtown Central Business District

Hotels near Carnival Events:

Copacabana Beach is the main area for Carnival and there are many hotels, at many different price levels in and around this area. Our recommendation is to stay in a well-known hotel chain, as most are located in the nicer, tourist areas.

For support with your Flight Operations to Rio de Janeiro, contact UAS Americas