It didn't get much news coverage but São Paulo's third airport (fourth if you include Viracopos, Campinas) has been approved by the central government. Here's what we know so far:
- It's going to be an international airport unlike Congonhas which has had the city grow around it and is no longer considered suitable for larger planes.
- It will be located in the city of Caieiras. Here's the Google Maps link if you don't know where that is.
- Now you've looked up Caeieiras we can agree that it will be a pain to get to and will likely have no train or metro link until long after Guarulhos finally does.
- It will apparently be christened with the following outlandish and overtly Brazilian name: New Airport São Paulo
- Total number of runways: 2, both 3,5km long
- Size of passenger terminal: 340,000 sq m
- Size of cargo terminal: 70,000 sq m
- Expected yearly capacity: 48million passaengers per year (for reference Guarulhos is 34 million)
- Total cost: 5.3bn reais (US$2.25bn). Ouch.
Or, as the President herself eloquently put it ""We will resolve the issue of having three airports in São Paulo. It will take place soon but I don't know the exact date,"