Viracopos-Campinas International Airport is an airport serving the city of Campinas as well as Sao Paulo. The history of the airport stretches all the way back to the 1930s when it was used as a basic airfield before developing into Sao Paulo’s primary international airport in the 1960s. The airport is utilised primarily for domestic flights and is dominated by Azul Brazilian Airlines, although there are flights to international destinations including Portugal and the United States.
The airport offers a number of facilities and amenities for travellers awaiting flights. Despite being a fairly compact, single-terminal airport, Viracopos-Campinas International Airport is home to various shops including duty-free shopping for those looking to pick up some last minute goods. There are also a few places to eat or grab a hot drink while waiting for flights and other essential services such as pharmacies, currency exchanges and car rental companies are available on-site.
Viracopos-Campinas International Airport is situated nearly 100 kilometres away from the centre of Sao Paulo but is sometimes used as an entry point for those going on to visit the city. The airport is only a 25-minute drive away from the city of Campinas and is linked to the city by local buses, airport shuttles or by taxi. There are also car rental companies operating at the airport for those who wish to have their own private vehicle during their stay in the region.
Although Sao Paulo is now primarily served by Guarulhos International Airport before this was constructed Viracopos-Campinas International Airport was the busiest international entry point for visitors to Sao Paulo despite being close to 100 kilometres away. The airport is still a popular commercial airport and has also adapted to become the second busiest cargo airport in the entire country of Brazil.