Learn about Congonhas Airport in São Paulo

Erika Paixão

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Congonhas Airport, one of the symbols of São Paulo, is celebrating its 82nd anniversary this month. Discover fun facts and conveniences offered by this architecture icon in Brazil’s biggest city


Monument in the city

Landmarked in 2011, the building designed by architects Hernani do Val Penteado and Raymond A. Jehlen combines art deco lines with modernist features. The façade and the departures and arrivals terminals are some of the areas preserved.


FUN FACT: An aircraft lands or takes off every two minutes at this airport, which has two runways



Quick vanity

Arriving at your destination looking good is easy after a visit to the beauty salon Tok de Beleza. Located on the mezzanine, they offer such services as haircut, manicure, and even waxing. Open every day, you don’t need to make an appointment.


FUN FACT: 60,000 passengers pass through Congonhas every day



Travelers have access to free internet for 30 minutes with the wi-fi network available in the departures area – and get 15 additional minutes upon agreeing to participate in a survey.



Artistic memorial

The collection of works of art available to the public includes pieces by such names as Victor Brecheret, responsible for the Santos Dumont sculpture at the main entrance, and Eduardo Kobra, the graffiti artist who created the mural on the main hall, depicting the airdrome in the 20th century.


Menu of the day

There are food options for all tastes and budgets. On the basement floor, the per-kilo restaurant Santa Luzia and the diner BC Express offer reasonable prices. On the second floor, the restaurant Noar, opened in 2017, has a refined menu with such dishes as rack of lamb.