At this time, the old seaplanes were gradually replaced by larger aircraft with wheels, which needed runways on land. During the Second World War, besides serving as a busy air base for the Brazilian Air Force, the airport was also used as a landing field for international aircraft.
Five years after the war, in 1950, the airport’s departures and arrivals facility was expanded, and it was subsequently replaced by the current Terminal 1, which was very modern at the time it was opened.
On January 20, 1977, Rio de Janeiro International Airport was opened. The building work, carried out by construction company Odebrecht, was a milestone in Brazil, representing one of the main technology projects in the 1970s in the country.
Designed with modern airport and flight protection facilities, the new airport was needed to handle the ever more intense air traffic on its runways. Keeping up with the technological development of commercial aircraft across the world was also fundamental.
Due to fast growth in commercial aviation in Brazil, all of this terminal’s facilities were expanded in 1992. This work, which increased the terminal’s capacity to 7 million passengers per year, coincided with the start of building work on Terminal 2. The new terminal, one of the most modern in Latin America and able to handle 8 million passengers per year, was opened on July 20, 1999, more than doubling the airport’s capacity.
RIOgaleão – Tom Jobim is now a major international airport. It has the longest runway in Brazil, and one of the most modern and best-equipped cargo logistics terminals in South America.
And the airport is continuing to grow. By 2016, its operation, maintenance and expansion activities will have been fully transferred to the RIOgaleão concession-holder, which is investing around R$2 billion in infrastructure construction work at the airport. Over the complete 25-year concession period, it will invest a total of R$5 billion in the airport’s program of improvements.
Opening of new international departures area in Passenger Terminal No. 2
Completion of renovation work on domestic departures sector of Passenger Terminal No. 1
Completion of work to expand runway 10/28
RIOgaleão – Tom Jobim International Airport concession contract signed
Opening of renovated, modernized sectors A, B and C in Passenger Terminal No. 1, in January, June and July, respectively
Start of work to revitalize Passenger Terminal No. 1, in March
Completion of work to restore runway 10/28, in June
Work to complete Passenger Terminal No. 2 starts in November
Passenger Terminal No. 2 opened on July 20, 1999
New Air Cargo Terminal Complex opened in March
Operational test of Passenger Terminal No. 2 on March 28, 1998
TASA incorporated by INFRAERO
Start of construction work on Passenger Terminal No. 2 and new Air Cargo Terminal Complex
Expansion of Passenger Terminal No. 1 and infrastructure for 1992 United Nations Rio Earth Summit
Beginning of project to build Passenger Terminal No. 2
Construction of Airport Apron No. 2
ARSA incorporated by INFRAERO
Runway 09/27 starts operating
Passenger Terminal No. 1 opened on January 20, 1977
Passenger Terminal No. 1 starts operating on February 1, 1977
- First domestic flight on February 1, 1977 (Vasp)
- First international flight on April 20, 1977 (British Caledonian)
ARSA constituted through Executive Order 7L820 of February 7, 1973
INFRAERO holding company created through Law 5,862 of December 12, 1972
Aeroportos do Rio de Janeiro S.A. (ARSA) created through Law 5,580 of May 25, 1970
Rio de Janeiro International Airport designed
Hidroservice – Technical-economic feasibility studies for international airports in:
- Río de Janeiro
- San Pablo
Creation of Telecomunicações Aeronáuticas S.A. (TASA) to operate and maintain PANAIR’s systems
Ordinance 033/GM3 of June 6, 1967 creates the International Airport Project Coordinating Commission (CCPAI)
Opening of Galeão Airport on February 1, 1952
Site chosen for airport and passenger facility for international traffic; PANAIR operation at Ponta do Galeão