Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix 2017 – Part 3: Local Area

Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix 2017 – Part 3: Local Area

This is a post by author  Marcia Taue. Marcia is the Operations Manager at Universal Aviation Brazil, which has aircraft ground handling facilities in  Sao Paulo,  Brasilia,  Manaus, Recife, and  Rio de Janeiro. Marcia is an expert on business aircraft operations in Brazil and can be contacted at

This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled “2017 Brazil Formula One Grand Prix in Sao Paulo – Part 2: Alternate Airports & CIQ.

For operators heading down to Brazil for the racing event this November crew accommodations and local transport options are important considerations. While you’ll not likely have issues with obtaining aircraft parking at your airport of choice many preferred hotel options will already be fully booked and/or particularly expensive.

The following is an overview of what you need to know:

1. Hotels and local transport

While hotel prices will be higher than normal during the Brazilian Grand Prix period we expect an adequate supply of four star crew accommodations to be available. While there are few hotels near the Interlagos track there are many good hotel options in the city center, including international brands. Prices for 4-star crew accommodations will range from 200-400 USD/night. For local transport we recommend pre-paid (car with driver) options and avoiding public taxis. UBER also works well in this area but it’s difficult to ensure you’ll have a driver who speaks your language.

2. Security considerations

At most airports in Brazil arranging a guard to watch over your aircraft airside is possible. This needs to be set up at least 24 hours in advance, in order to obtain airport authority approval. Guards must have proper security licensing and certificates and be unarmed. Off-airport security considerations are similar to other major world centers. When in public areas it’s recommended to not flash jewelry, cash or talk too much on expensive mobile phones.

3. In-flight catering options

It’s best to provide a minimum of 24 hours notification for catering orders and 48 hours if special items, wines or cuisines need to be sourced. Best options are established in-flight caterers as they’re able to deliver orders directly to your aircraft. Upon international arrival all open catering must be disposed of. There are no options in the Sao Paulo area to store left over catering at the airport. Sealed and/or sterile food items may, however, be offloaded and taken to your hotel.

4. Access back to your aircraft

Prior to clearing CIQ upon arrival at a Sao Paulo area AOE it’s important for crew and passengers to ensure they’re removed everything they’ll need from the aircraft. While it’s possible for crew to access the aircraft prior to day of departure, to pick up left items or favorite sunglasses etc, this is not recommended. You’ll require permission from airport authorities and CIQ officials to access your aircraft airside and this may take up to several hours for your handler to coordinate. There’s also the possibility of fines if the crew leaves items onboard that need to be retrieved later.

5. Helicopter shuttles

Several service providers are offering helicopter transfer options between SBKP to the Interlagos race track. This needs to be set up in advance but is very doable in this vertical takeoff and landing friendly metropolis.

6. Additional Reading: Operations to SBGR

Note: Links will be updated as articles are published.


Be aware of hotel and transportation options when traveling to Brazil, especially for large events such as the Grand Prix. Note that security should be a top consideration when traveling to Brazil, outside of the airports.

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