MIAMI — TAM Airlines and LAN Airlines have begun consolidating their operations at Sao Paulo, Brazil’s, Guarulhos International Airport to the new Terminal 3. The carriers, part of LATAM Airlines Group will be leaving Terminals 1 and 2.
Long-haul flights to and from North America and Europe have already moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3. On October 9, short-haul flights from and to Brazil and countries in South America will be transferred. And on October 10, TAM’s domestic flight operations will be transferred from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2, Wing D, with the recheck-in area be located in Terminal 3 (lower level) and also in Terminal 2.
The new terminal will include a parking garage, 40 check-in counters near boarding areas, a new automated baggage check-in system and new stores, cafés and restaurants, all done to improve the passenger experience.
The two carriers have also announced plans to open the first unified VIP Lounge, which is slated to be the largest at Guarulhos Airport. The new 1,835-square-meter lounge will be the first to feature the visual identity of LATAM Airlines Group. The lounge can accommodate 450 people and will be available to all oneworld alliance carriers.
Construction of the $785 million Terminal 3, modeled after airports in Asia and Europe, was originally announced in August 2009 by the airport’s concession holders, Invepar S/A, Airports Company South Africa, and Infraero, in anticipation of increased traffic during the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The facility has 192,000 square feet of space and was designed to handle 12 million passengers a year. It opened for business on May 11.
With the transfer of TAM and LAN to Terminal 3, 20 airlines will be located in the facility: Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, British, Emirates, Etihad, Iberia, KLM, Korean, Lufthansa, Qatar, Airways, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines. The transfers will be completed by the end of October, when 25 companies will be operating from the new terminal, representing 80 percent of the international flight flow at Guarulhos Airport.