Business Aviation Planning – 2014 World Cup Brazil: Part 1 – Primary Airports/Considerations

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Business Aviation Planning – 2014 World Cup Brazil: Part 1 – Primary Airports/Considerations

This is a post by authors Andre Camargo and Marcia Taue. Andre and Marcia are based at Universal Aviation Brazil, which has aircraft ground handling facilities in São Paulo, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro. Andre and Marcia are experts on business aircraft operations in Brazil and can be contacted at andrecamargo@universalaviation.aero or marciataue@universalaviation.aero.

The World Cup takes place June 12-July 13, 2014, with finals held July 12–13 in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro. Twelve cities across Brazil will host the games, and general aviation (GA) is expected to carry 11% of the anticipated 600,000 international spectators.

The following is an overview of what you need to know, including an overview of primary airports for the games in each city:

1. Host cities for World Cup 2014

The host cities for the World Cup are Belo Horizonte (SBCF), Brasilia (SBBR), Cuiaba (SBCY), Curitiba (SBCT), Fortaleza (SBFZ), Manaus (SBEG), Natal (SBNT), Porto Alegre (SBPA), Rio de Janeiro (SBGL), Recife (SBRF), Salvador (SBSV), and Guarulhos, Sao Paulo (SBGR).

2. Lessons learned from the Confederations Cup

During the Confederations Cup, which took place June 15-20, 2013, both Rio de Janeiro airports were closed to GA traffic, and there was a complete decay of the airport slot system by the end of the cup period. Flow control congestion occurred around venues due to airspace closures and high-profile operators, and cup sponsors were denied access to airports due to slots being unavailable. Airport slot management across Brazil was not effective during this period. Slot availability was very limited, and slot amendments were restricted to only two changes.

3. Changes for 2014 World Cup

Initiatives are underway to increase airport and Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel and boost airport facilities/technology to support increased air traffic during the period of the games. There will be a 77% increase in governmental staff – including customs, airport, and law enforcement staff – in preparation for increased passenger movements. Meanwhile, creation of a centralized slot management office and “World Cup Command Center” is underway.

4. Airport overview

INFRAERO, a Brazilian government corporation, operates many larger airports in the country. There are also an increasing number of privately managed airports inthe country. Note that many smaller/domestic airports are not Airports of Entry (AOEs), and some may not have English-speaking ATCs.

5. Permit processes

All operations to Brazil – including overflights and landings – require permits, and these permits can take up to 48 hours to obtain. Be aware that a Temporary Admission (TA) is required for foreign-registered aircraft in order to operate domestically within Brazil. To obtain a TA, you’ll need to provide:

  • Aircraft registration and certificate of airworthiness
  • Crew certificates showing type and medicals
  • Aircraft insurance policy

6. Entry document requirements

Visas are necessary for all crew who do not possess certificates issued by a national governing aviation entity (e.g., Federal Aviation Administration [FAA], Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile [DGAC]). Passenger visa requirements must be checked prior to operating to Brazil. Passenger visas cannot be obtained on arrival.

7. Airport slot and aircraft parking considerations

It’s expected that all primary airports will require slots and/or Prior Permission Required (PPRs) during the games. Non-official sources report that PPRs and airport slots will be granted one month prior to the games. After this application period, no additional authorizations will be issued. Be mindful that within 25-hour windows – prior to arrival / departure – airport slots will be very difficult to obtain.

8. Primary airport information

Below you will find the information for each destination where a game is to take place. Please note that as the games get closer, more information will be known, and some of the information may change.

Belo Horizonte (SBCF)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: May be required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Runway: 16/34 – 3,000 meters (m) X 45 m

Notes:

Aircraft must carry own towbar.

GA aircraft will be moved to a designated ramp and towed into compact parking bays.

$254 million in airport development scheduled for completion December 2013.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBKP
  • SBSP
  • SBSJ
  • SBGL
  • SDCO

Brasilia (SBBR)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: Required (+/- 15 min tolerance)
  • Parking: Subject to availability
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Runway: 11L/29R – 3,200 m X 45m
    11R/29L – 3,300 m X 45 m

Notes:

Aircraft must carry own towbar.

$352 million in airport development scheduled for completion December 2013.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBGO

Cuiaba (SBCY)

  • AOE: No
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: May be required
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Parking: Subject to availability
  • Runway: 17/35 – 2,300 m X 45 m

Notes:

Aircraft must carry own towbar.

Expected to be designated as AOE during World Cup period.

$45.6 million in airport improvements completed July 2013.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBCR
  • SWRD

Curitiba (SBCT)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: May be required
  • Parking: Subject to availability
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Runway: 15/33 – 2,215 m X 45 m
    11/29 – 1,800 m X 45 m

Notes:

Aircraft must carry own towbar.

$42 million in airport improvements scheduled for completion December 2013.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBJV
  • SBFL

Fortaleza (SBFZ)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: May be required
  • Parking: Subject to availability
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Runway: 13/31 – 2,545 m X 45 m

Notes:

Aircraft must carry own towbar.

$98 million in airport improvements scheduled for completion December 2013.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBNT
  • SBRF

Manaus (SBEG)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: May be required
  • Parking: Subject to availability
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Runway: 10/28 – 2,700 m X 45 m

Notes:

No GA customs available: 1230-1530, 2030-2230, and 2330-0130 local.

Aircraft must carry own towbar.

$163 million in airport improvements scheduled for completion December 2013.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBBV
  • SBBE

Natal (SBNT)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: May be required
  • Parking: Subject to availability
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Runway: 12/30 – 1,825 m X 45 m
    16R/34L – 1,800 m X 45 m
    16L/34R – 2,600 m X 45 m

Notes:

$396 million in airport development scheduled for completion June 2014.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBRF
  • SBJP

Porto Alegre (SBPA)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: May be required
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Parking: Subject to availability
  • Runway: 11/29 – 2,280 m X 42 m

Notes:

$173 million in airport development scheduled for completion December 2013.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBSM
  • SBFL

Rio de Janeiro (SBGL)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: May be required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Runway: 10/28 – 4,000m X 45 m
    15/33 – 3,180 m X 47 m

Notes:

Aircraft must carry own towbar.

Expected to be privatized in the coming months.

$422 million in airport improvements scheduled for completion December 2013.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBCB
  • SBCF

Recife (SBRF)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: May be required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Runway: 18/36 – 3,007 m X 45 m

Notes:

Aircraft must carry own towbar.

GA aircraft will be moved to a designated ramp and will be towed into compact parking bays.

$9 million in airport development scheduled for completion December 2013.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBJP
  • SBNT

Salvador (SBSV)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Will be required
  • Airport slots: May be required
  • Parking: Subject to availability
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Runway: 17/35 – 1,520 m X 45 m
    10/28 – 3,005 m X 45 m

Notes:

GA shares parking bays on transit cargo ramp.

If airport slots are implemented, the deviation will be +/- 15 minutes.

$23 million in airport development scheduled for completion December 2013.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBAR
  • SBPS
  • SBRF

Guarulhos, Sao Paulo (SBGR)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: May be required
  • Parking: Subject to availability
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available
  • Runway: 09R/27L – 3,000 m X 45 m
    09L/27R – 3,700 m X 45 m

12/18/2013: Updated by author

Notes:

Aircraft must carry own towbar.

$96 million in airport development scheduled for completion December 2013.

Alternate airports to consider:

  • SBKP
  • SBSP
  • SBSJ
  • SBGL
  • SDCO

9. Security and additional tips

It’s best to pre-order security assessments for all planned destinations in Brazil. Be aware of your surroundings, avoid remote areas away from game venues, and utilize prepaid transportation when available. Carry credit cards for purchases and minimize cash being carried. Keep an online translator handy. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends Yellow Fever vaccinations for travel to Brazil (allow 10 days post inoculation prior to Brazil entry). Brazil, however, does not require these vaccinations.

10. Hotel and local transport options

While larger centers in Brazil have good selections of 4- and 5-star crew accommodation options – including large international hotel chains – options are limited at smaller locations. Accommodations are expected to sell out at all event venues during the games period, prices will be higher, and cancellation policies will be extended. It’s best to book now, as there will be very limited options later on.

Prepaid (car with driver) transportation is recommended for all locations in Brazil during the World Cup 2014. It’s best to arrange this, well in advance, via your ground handler. Avoid public transportation and taxis.

11. Additional resources

Read additional articles on business aircraft operations to Brazil, previously published on this blog.

Conclusion

If you plan to attend the 2014 World Cup, it’s essential to begin trip planning without delay. All facilities/services – from aircraft parking to hotel accommodations – will be in very short supply.

Stay tuned for Part 2, which covers alternate airports for the World Cup.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this article or operations to Brazil, contact us at andrecamargo@universalaviation.aero or marciataue@universalaviation.aero.

World Cup, 2014 Brazil and Brazil 2014 are trademarks of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association ("FIFA"). Universal Aviation is not in any way associated with FIFA.

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Universal Aviation Brazil Country Manager Andre Camargo has more than 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry in both ground handling and flight operations management. Based in Sao Paulo, Andre is an expert on operations to and from Brazil.

Andre holds both a law degree from the Universidade Cidade de Sao Paulo and an MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas. He can be reached at andrecamargo@universalaviation.aero.

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Marcia Taue has more than a decade’s experience in aviation and is an expert in ground support coordination throughout Brazil, with a special emphasis on operations to Sao Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport. Marcia currently serves as Operations Manager for Universal Aviation Brazil – Sao Paulo. Prior to joining Universal, Marcia worked in ground support for a major commercial airline at Guarulhos. She is fluent in both Portuguese and English, and you can reach Marcia at marciataue@universalaviation.aero.

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