Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport
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- Av. Washigton Luís s/n
São Paulo, 04695-900, Brasil
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- Campinas Viracopos Airport
Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport
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1435m x 45m
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- Avianca Brazil
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Delta Air Lines
Congonhas Airport is the second airport serving Brazil's largest city, São Paulo. The airport is the second busiest in the country by operations and third busiest by passenger traffic. The airport is located 8km from São Paulo's CDB and is therefore favoured over the larger but more distant Guarulhos Airport for regional business traffic. Due to heavy urban density surrounding the airport, Congonhas is restricted to 30 operations per hour with narrowbody aircraft and currently serves domestic-only destinations. TAM Airlines and Gol operate domestic hubs at Congonhas, and dominate traffic by accounting for 95% of available seats from the airport. Avianca Brazil, Azul and Brava also operate very limited networks at the airport.
Plans for dealing with Congonhas' capacity restraints are being considered, including a possible redistribution of slots from carriers who undertilise their current allotments according to certain punctuality and frequency requirements, allowing for new entrants. The Government is reported to favor slot redistribution over an expansion in the number of slots. Brazil's Civil Aviation Minister recently reiterated support for continuing executive operations at the airport, in addition to commercial operations.
Location of Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport, Brazil
Ground Handlers servicing Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport
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Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport is Latin America's busiest international hub, but ranks only 57th in the world by international seats per week (or 24th by ASKs). Guarulhos is also Latin America's biggest domestic hub, ranking 35th in the world by domestic seats per week. Guarulhos is one of seven Brazilian airports among the world's top 100 domestic airports (by seats) but is the only Brazilian airport in the international top 100. This shows Brazil's market still remains very much a domestic-dominated market – similar to China.
Intense competition in the Brazilian domestic market led to a sharp drop in yields in 2Q2011 and is expected to have a major impact on profitability throughout the Brazilian airline sector for the remainder of the year. Gol, which is primarily a domestic operator, has particularly been impacted by the suddenly unfavourable market conditions with a BRL359 million (USD221 million) net loss incurred in 2Q2011. TAM also has been impacted but has the benefit of a large profitable international operation, allowing it to remain in the black in 2Q2011.
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