Rio Airport Expansion

With less than two months until the start of this year’s Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro’s Tom Jobim International Airport (GIG) has nearly doubled its passenger capacity, added nearly 100 new shops and eateries, and implemented new technology to speed up the boarding and passport control processes. GIG was already the second largest airport in Brazil and the fourth busiest in South America – now, the annual capacity has increased from 17 million to 30 million passengers per year. The newly unveiled $560 million South Pier has 26 jetways, including three that are big enough to accommodate the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane. The expansion also includes an 86,000 square foot duty free shop and 65,000 square feet of lounge space. Lastly, there is now a new app for the airport that contains flight schedule information, a catalog of shops and restaurants, a navigational guide, and bar-coded boarding passes.

Just in Time for the Olympic Games: Rio Expands International Airport