Airline Information – Part I

The following information was taken from Gringoes, a website run by a small team of foreigners and Brazilians.  However I must forewarn you that this is for arrivals in and out of Sao Paulo, Brazil and all contact numbers are those you will need while in the country.

I have to share a frustrating experience when contacting the airlines while living in Sao Paulo.  Whenever I called to change or inquire about my reservations, the sales staff who answered the telephone did not speak English nor did I have an opportunity to request an English speaking operator.  Therefore if you have any problems with your reservations, to resolve any of your airline queries, and if you do not speak Portuguese, I suggest that you have your agent’s number or a contact number for your airlines at home in your own country, available at all times. Otherwise you could find yourself in a quandry especially if it is hours before you have to catch a flight.

The main international airport, known as Guarulhos or Cumbica, lies about 30km north of Sao Paulo. It can be reached either by taking Rodovia Ayrton Senna or Via Dutra northbound, and is well sign-posted. The local telephone number for general information is (11) 2445-2945.

The main domestic airport is Congonhas, on Av. Washington Luis, in the south of the city. The telephone number is 50909000. From here you can get a shuttle flight to Rio and other cities around the country.

A special bus service, at Praca da Republica, stops at a number of hotels in the Av. Paulista region en route to the airport, between 7am and 9pm daily. The price is around R$12. For more information call 64452505.

For Shuttle flight information to Rio, call one of the following airlines:

Varig/Rio Sul Tel: 50912216
Transbrasil Tel: 33269000
TAM Tel: 55828849

Prices differ slightly for each airline. There are flights every 15 minutes and tickets can be purchase directly at the airport.

For charter flights and private planes try the Campo de Marte airport at Av. Santos Dumont, 1979, Tel 62212699.

Here are some approximate flight times from a few countries to Sao Paulo:
London – 11 hours
Los Angeles – 14 hours
New York – 10 hours
Sydney – 20 hours.

Here is contact information for the main airline offices in Sao Paulo:   (Additional Airlines to be posted soon)

Aerolinas Argentinas
R Araujo, 00216 andar 6 – Republica
Sao Paulo – SP
Tel: (11) 259-0319  or  (11) 214-6022

AeroMexico
Av. Paulista, 777 – 13th floor – Cerq. César
Tel: 3253-3888

Air France
Av. Dr Cardoso de Melo, 1955, 2nd floor
Tel: 3049-0900 or 6445-2219 (airport)
Av. Paulista, 1776, Cerq. César. Tel: 289-2133

Alitalia
Av. Sao Luis, 50, 29th floor – Centro
Tel: 3257-1022

American Airlines
R. Araujo216, 9th Andar- Republica
Sao Paulo
Tel: 011 3214-4000 or 011 3159-2366

British Airways
Av. Sao Luis, 50, 32nd floor – Edifício Itália
Tel: 3145-9700 in Sao Paulo or 0300-7896140 from other regions

Canadian Airlines International
Rua Araujo, 216, 2nd floor
Tel: 3259-9066

Continental
Rua da Consolacao, 247, 13th floor
Tel: 0800-554777