BRAZIL | São Paulo
São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport
A ground handling facility at Guarulhos International Airport, supporting trips throughout Brazil
On behalf of our team,
welcome to Brazil!
Whether you’re here for pleasure or on business, you’ll want to learn more about Brazil’s exciting culture and what it has to offer visitors. We are here to help you have the best, most rewarding trip possible.
We tailor our services to your requirements and anticipate your needs. We want you to feel special and think of us first when looking for a local ground support provider. We work hard to overcome challenges and help ensure the success of your mission.
Our team is always ready and pleased to assist you in any matter. We can also support operations at more than 40 Brazilian airports.
I look forward to seeing you on your next trip.
Universal Aviation Brazil
Four different ways we can take care of your
ground support needs throughout Brazil
Ground support capabilities
|Languages spoken||Portuguese, Spanish, and English|
|Customs and immigration?||Yes – located in main terminal|
|UVair® contract fuel available?||Yes|
|Limousine service and car rental?||Yes|
|Crew accommodation arrangements?||Yes|
|Direct ramp access?||No|
|Computerized worldwide weather briefings?||Yes|
|ACAS/TCAS II:||Required for turbine engine aircraft with MTOW exceeding 5700 kg or more than 19 pax seats|
|ICAO Annex 16, Chapter II:||No restrictions|
|RNP 5/RNP 10 airspace:||RNP-10 in the corridor between Europe and South America (EUR/SAM Corridor)|
|8.33 MHz channel spacing:||Not required|
|Airport fire protection category:||SBGR: 9|
Directions to airport
Take Marginal Tietê Avenue towards the East district. At the end of Marginal Tietê, take Ayrton Senna Runway. Go through Ayrton Senna and take the exit marked "Airport" on the right, which will lead you to Hélio Smidt Runway. Continue until you see signs on your right showing the airport entrances.
Take Marginal Tietê Avenue towards the East district. Take Dutra Freeway (towards Rio de Janeiro) through its express lane on the left and and take the exit marked "Airport" on the right, which will lead you to Hélio Smidt Runway. Continue until you see signs on your right showing the airport entrances.
Directions to office
Our office is located in Terminal 01, Wing B – one floor above the departure floor (second floor). If using the elevators in the terminal, you will first see Santander Bank when you exit the elevator. Take the corridor on your left, and look for Room 77, across from the Puma Air office. There, another small corridor next to Room 77 which leads directly to our office.
Facility contact information
W.D.F. Servicos Aeroportuarios, Ltda.
Aeroporto International de Sao Paulo
Redovia Helio Smidt s/nº
TPS 2 – ASA B – Mezanino
Sala 128- Guarulhos
|Hours of operation||Mon – Fri 0001 – 2359
Sat – Sun 0600 – 2400 (24 hours on request)
|Airport restrictions?||Aircraft Parking is according to availability|
|VIP passenger lounge?||Yes – Third-party airline facilities are available.|
|VIP crew lounge?||No|
Recent articles discussing operating in Brazil
from our Operational Insight blog
BizAv Planning: 2016 Brazil Summer Games – Airport Slots & Closures
The 2016 Brazil Summer Games and Paralympics will be held at various city venues in Brazil between August 5 and September 18. While the primary Summer Games events take place in Rio de Janeiro, football matches will be held at Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Manaus… Read more.
Bizav Planning for the Brazil Grand Prix 2015 – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ
The Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix takes place November 13-15 in the Sao Paulo area. In addition to airports and parking (which we discussed in Part 1 in this series), business aircraft operators also need to plan for permits and other requirements that vary airport to airport… Read more.
Bizav Planning for the Brazil Grand Prix 2015 – Part 1: Airports & Parking
The Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix takes place November 13-15 in the Interlagos neighborhood of Sao Paulo. This is a popular event, so planning in advance for services such as aircraft parking and your landing permit should be done as soon as your schedule is known… Read more.
LABACE 2015 Fly-In Prep: Permits, Flight Planning, and Local Area
As discussed in Part 1 of this article series, this year’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) takes place August 11-13 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In our last article, we covered airports; parking; and customs, immigration, and quarantine for business aircraft… Read more.
LABACE 2015 Fly-In Prep: Airports, Parking, and CIQ
This year’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) takes place August 11-13 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. LABACE is the largest business aviation event in Latin America, attracting General Aviation (GA) flight departments, trade professionals, and exhibitors… Read more.
Preparing for the Brazil Summer Games – Part 2: Permits, Slots, and Operating Restrictions
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Preparing for the 2016 Brazil Summer Games – Part 1: Airports and Services
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UPDATE: Procedural Changes for Customs at Sao Paulo (SBGR) – Part 3: Operating Considerations
Apart for new gen dec requirements and procedural changes for customs at Sao Paulo Guarulhos (SBGR), the operating environment has not changed. It’s best to work with your 3rd-party provider, well in advance of travel, to confirm all required… Read more.
UPDATE: Procedural Changes for Customs at Sao Paulo (SBGR) – Part 2: Gen Decs & Documentation
Sao Paulo Guarulhos (SBGR) has enhanced and expanded gen dec reporting and customs clearance procedural requirements. As these requirements are unique to SBGR, there’s potential for business aircraft operators to fall into non-compliance status. For example, if you leave an undeclared… Read more.
UPDATE: Procedural Changes for Customs at Sao Paulo (SBGR) – Part 1: New Requirements
There have been recent customs clearance procedural changes implemented at Sao Paulo Guarulhos (SBGR). These changes impact General Aviation (GA) operations, and it’s important… Read more.
2014 Brazil World Cup Update: Aircraft Parking Issues
The upcoming 2014 World Cup period will be an especially busy time throughout Brazil. It’s important to understand that, at this point in time, few options are available for airport slots, aircraft parking, and hotel accommodations. If you have not yet begun to set up… Read more.
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cabotage in Brazil
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World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 2 – Permits & Slots
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World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 1 – Airports & Parking
The 2014 World Cup takes places June 12-July 13, 2014. During this period General Aviation (GA) parking, as well as crew accommodations, will be extremely limited. It’s best to begin working with your 3rd-party provider as soon as the schedule is known to coordinate a workable logistical plan… Read more.
Brazil World Cup 2014 Trip Planning Tips: Arrangements Should Be Made Now
Over the last few months, Brazilian airport authorities have been working on laying out the requirements for business aircraft operators looking to travel to the World Cup this summer. Though some of these requirements are not yet known, it’s recommended that operators start requesting their services now, due to heightened demand… Read more.
Brazilian Flavor Influences – Part 2: Regional Cuisine for In-flight Catering
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Brazilian Flavor Influences – Part 1: In-Flight Catering Options and Tips
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Business Aviation Trip Planning – FIFA Confederation Cup Brazil 2013
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Business Aviation Operations to Rio Carnival 2013
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Worldwide Ops Tips for Brazilian-based Operators
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Business Aviation Operations to the Brazil Formula 1 Grand Prix
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7 Tips for Flight Crews Visiting Brazil
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8 FAQs on Flight Permits and PPRs in Brazil
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4 Must Knows about Requesting Airport Slots in Brazil
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