São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (SBGR) GAT: Business Aviation Guide
In 2019, a general aviation terminal (GAT) opened at São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (SBGR). This terminal is owned and operated by GATGRU, a consortium that was awarded by the SBGR airport authorities. Here’s everything business aviation operators need to know.
History of the GAT
The new GAT opened Oct. 21, 2019 for GA operations at SBGR. Initially, all GA operations were required to operate through the GAT. This created confusion among operators and eventually, usage of the GAT became optional.
Although the GAT adds convenience to the traveler, there are concerns that need to be considered when traveling to this location.
The GAT is restricted to one operation at a time. Although they do not conflict very often, be aware that crew and passengers will need to wait in the aircraft until it gets to their turn.
Is the GAT Mandatory for Business Aviation?
No, initially upon opening, the GAT was required for all GA flights. However, it is now optional. Private flights can clear CIQ in Terminal 3 for no additional charge. However, clearance is done along with the commercial airline traffic, with no priority.
The distance between the ramp and the terminal is around 15 minutes, plus 10 minutes of customs clearance and walking.
The GAT offers exclusive services (CIQ, security, VIP lounge, car parking lot, a short distant from aircraft to GAT and between airport and external area) for the aircraft, crew and pax into the scheduled date/time.
GAT Booking Lead Time & Fees
Booking Lead Time
To ensure the best service, all booking requests must be placed at least 24 hours in advance. If a request is made in less than 24 hours, it will be subject to availability.
The total cost to use the GAT upon arrival is USD $2,000, and an equal amount is required for departure. Pre-payment is mandatory for all services.
Any adjustments to the booking that amount to more than 1 hour and 30 minutes from the originally scheduled time, made with less than 12 hours’ notice, will subject the client to a new surcharge fee.
In the event of a cancellation, no additional charges will be incurred if the booking is cancelled more than 12 hours in advance. However, any cancellation made with less than 12 hours’ notice will not be eligible for any reimbursement.
Refunds are only partial for pre-paid services. If a cancellation is made more than 12 hours in advance, the client will be eligible for a 50 percent reimbursement. No reimbursement is available for cancellations made with less than 12 hours’ notice.
Handlers Still Required
All GA operations to SBGR still require a handling agent. Crew and pax are only allowed inside the aircraft ground perimeter. Universal Aviation Brazil is still the liaison providing all pre arrival coordination in order to guarantee the best ground experience as well as transport passengers and crew from the aircraft to the GAT. Additionally, Universal Aviation Brazil will also ensure operators understand upfront all fees associated with using the various amenities within the GAT.
Customs authorities are not based at the GAT. Requests must be placed at least 12 hours prior to arrival/departure.
All crew and passengers will have to disembark at the same time. Meanwhile, one of the crew members can stay behind in order to keep the APU running; however, the authorities will wait a maximum of 15 minutes for remaining crew to disembark and clear immigration as well.
After all crew members are cleared, they can return to the aircraft, bearing only the essentials to keep working on their aircraft. All baggage will be stored at GAT GRU facilities until they are ready to exit the airport.
Customs agents work both commercial and GA terminals, so their availability has not yet been tested. Further, if multiple aircraft arrive to the GAT close to the same time, only one aircraft will be cleared at a time in order of arrival, and the passengers of the subsequent aircraft will have to await clearing onboard.
Be Prepared for More Thorough Inspections When Using the GAT
The authorities will be completely dedicated to the crew and passengers arriving and departing. For this reason, inspections will be more complete than they were when the operation was in the commercial aviation terminal.
The preparation for a trip will also be more detailed. While in the past just a Gendec would work, now the handler will need to send the crew and pax manifest to the customs authorities within 24 hours along with any updates.
What if I Have Pets Onboard?
There is only one quarantine agent on the whole airport per shift, so you may expect long waits until the agent is able to get to the aircraft.
Both frequent and non-frequent flyers will enjoy the benefits of the new terminal. Any use of the GAT will result in a $2,000 USD charge. To decide the best option for your mission, it’s important to understand the layout of the GAT and work closely with your ground handler.