Serving Brazil’s second largest city, Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport is home to some of the biggest airlines in the country. TAM Airlines operates the busiest schedule in Rio de Janeiro’s main airport. Brazil’s largest airline company offers direct flights to other major cities in the country such as Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Florianopolis, Porto Allegre, Recife, Salvador de Bahia, Sao Paulo, and Sao Luis. The limited international service offered by TAM Airlines includes flights to South American cities such as Buenos Aires, Caracas, and Montevideo.
Offering trips to Miami, New York City and Orlando, TAM Airlines operates long haul flights to major cities in the United States. The intercontinental service by Brazil’s largest carrier includes flights to major European cities such as Frankfurt, London, and Paris. Service in the Terminal 2 building at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport is dominated by TAM Airlines.
Gol Airlines is the second busiest airline at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport. As a major Brazilian low-cost airline, Gol Airlines operates convenient domestic service to cities such as Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Joao Pessoa, Porto Allegre, Sao Paulo, and Vitoria. This busy Brazilian airline also offers international flights to Aruba, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Caracas, and Punta Cana. GOL Airlines operates in Concourse A at Terminal 1 in Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport.
Other Brazilian airline companies serving Rio de Janeiro’s main airport include Avianca Brazil and Azul Brazilian Airlines. Both of these companies mostly offer domestic flights from Terminal 1.
TAP Portugal links Rio de Janeiro with some of the largest Portuguese speaking cities in the world outside of Brazil. Portugal’s flag carrier operates flights across the Atlantic Ocean and into Lisbon Portela Airport and Francisco de Sa Carneiro Airport in the city of Porto. The flights by TAP Portugal depart from Terminal 2 at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport.
Being one of the largest cities in South America, Rio de Janeiro is naturally served by carriers from neighboring countries. Aerolineas Argentinas, Avianca, Copa Airlines, LAM Airlines, and TACA Peru serve Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways operate direct air traffic between Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport and major cities in the United States. Brazil’s second largest city is so important that it also attracts service from European airlines such as Alitalia, British Airways, Iberia, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Lufthansa. Most of the international airlines use the concourses in Terminal 1 at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport.