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Is GIG Really That Bad?  
User currently offlineBaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7025 times:

Hi Everyone,

My grandparents have just left the U.K for SCL. They will be taking a cruise from Valparaiso to Rio de Janeiro. They are flying back from GIG - CDG and then CDG - BHX on AF.

Both myself and my grandparents have heard bad reports about GIG. My question is 'Is it really that bad? I have heard that it is a grotty terminal and not the most pleasant place to be? Is this correct?

Thanks,

BAguy

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User currently offlineXtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6996 times:

If that's the only the only bad part of the vacation, I wouldn't worry about it too much. May add to some interesting discussion later. I've never been to GIG, so I don't know, sorry I can't help you on that one. But as long as I'm out of this snow in DEN, I'd be in Rio in a heartbeat, regardless of how bad GIG is.


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User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6987 times:

Quoting Baguy (Thread starter):
not the most pleasant place to be? Is this correct
In my opinion Brazil is not the most pleasant place to be.* ? Seriously, how long are they going to be in Rio because it is really dangerous if you aren't really careful, and tell them not to drink the water. GIG is pretty bad. When I was there everybody was smoking their is a limited amount of seats (like 10-12 per gate) and the security guards really don't care. When I was there we had two security checks the awful one as you enter the terminal and another, more thorough, one in the jetway (I guess because it was a flight to the USA, a flight to France might be similar). Hope that helped.

*No offense to you Brazilians, but me and Brazil don't like each other. ?

[Edited 2008-02-14 10:48:07]

User currently offlineCMHSRQ From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 991 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6972 times:

Was in GIG last August, there are two terminals, the old one and the new one. The newer one is nicer, more modern and spacious, the older one has character. I hung out in the older one most of the time, it's darker, but still clean and easy to get around.


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User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6952 times:



Quoting CMHSRQ (Reply 3):
there are two terminals, the old one

I think I was in the old one.

Quoting CMHSRQ (Reply 3):
it's darker, but still clean and easy to get around.

Darker-Yes, Easy to get around-Yes because there is no furniture, Clean-I disagree with you on that.


User currently offlineC010T3 From Brazil, joined Jul 2006, 3703 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6951 times:



Quoting Baguy (Thread starter):

Both myself and my grandparents have heard bad reports about GIG. My question is 'Is it really that bad? I have heard that it is a grotty terminal and not the most pleasant place to be? Is this correct?

No, GIG is not that bad. T1 really needs renovations, since it hasn't gone through substantial work since its inauguration in 1977. The terminal is going through small repairs this month, but Infraero has decided that T2 (inauguration in 1998) will have its second section finished, before T1 is closed for major renovations. T1 will also have its capacity expanded from 7.5 to 10 million annual passengers.


User currently offlineEMB170 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6915 times:

GIG is a hellhole, sorry if I offend. My partner and I tried (operative word) to fly back to the US from GIG the day after the ATC strike back at the end of March on DL...complete meltdown. Plus it didn't help that the meal I had that day (from a really nice restaurant in Ipanema) gave me food poisoning, and out of nowhere I started throwing up in the middle of the ticket lobby.

Back to the subject, used both terminals (flew in on JJ from IGU, out to ATL on DL). T2 isn't *too* bad, but it's still starting to show a little bit of its age...mildew and water damage are visible throughout the terminal. Put it this way, it's no AEP. T1 though is awful. It is dark, dirty, and disgusting. The bathrooms, which look like porta-potties, aren't even clean. Seriously, it makes PHL (or even the old DTW) look like a showplace...

Now, the Sheraton Leblon (where DL put us up after the whole mess happened), was another story...

[Edited 2008-02-14 11:00:27]


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User currently offlineC010T3 From Brazil, joined Jul 2006, 3703 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6895 times:



Quoting BAKJet (Reply 2):
In my opinion Brazil is not the most pleasant place to be.* ? Seriously, how long are they going to be in Rio because it is really dangerous if you aren't really careful, and tell them not to drink the water. GIG is pretty bad. When I was there everybody was smoking their is a limited amount of seats (like 10-12 per gate) and the security guards really don't care. When I was there we had two security checks the awful one as you enter the terminal and another, more thorough, one in the jetway (I guess because it was a flight to the USA, a flight to France might be similar). Hope that helped.

*No offense to you Brazilians, but me and Brazil don't like each other. ?

Offense taken.
I really should be dead by now, since I drink the water everyday. Well, the seats are limited, but there are more than twelve. Actually, GIG has offers more seats than GRU.
The second security check you had to go through was because it was a flight to the USA. If I'm not mistaken, that was a demand that came either from the US-American airlines or from the US Government.
Rio is as dangerous as other cities with 12 million inhabitants.


User currently offlineC010T3 From Brazil, joined Jul 2006, 3703 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6855 times:

Recent photos of GIG's T1:

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http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x235/C010T3/DSC02367.jpg

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User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6846 times:



Quoting C010T3 (Reply 7):
Actually, GIG has offers more seats than GRU.

I was comparing it to the US.

Quoting C010T3 (Reply 7):
I really should be dead by now, since I drink the water everyday

Your used to the water.

Quoting C010T3 (Reply 7):
The second security check you had to go through was because it was a flight to the USA. If I'm not mistaken, that was a demand that came either from the US-American airlines or from the US Government.

And I acknowledged it was because it was a flight to the US.

Quoting C010T3 (Reply 7):
Offense taken.

I'm sorry, but I got bad food poisoning in Brazil and that really gave me a bad impression of Brazil.


User currently offlineWFM From Sweden, joined Jul 2007, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6846 times:
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I passed through GIG many times, and even slept at the airport one time, T2 is all right but nothing special. T1 could use some renovation. I prefer GIG over GRU. I have also been in Rio de Janeiro and never had any problems.

Security for European flights is as good as in Europe!

I do not think Rio is more dangerous than Los Angeles or New York.



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User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6821 times:



Quoting WFM (Reply 10):
I do not think Rio is more dangerous than Los Angeles or New York.

I live in the 11th safest town in the US(Columbus, IN), so most big cities seem pretty dangerous. Plus I would say that it depends were in NY or LA or Rio you are.


User currently offlineSBBRTech From Brazil, joined Jul 2007, 722 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6821 times:



Quoting BAKJet (Reply 2):
and tell them not to drink the water

For god sakes...what water are you talking about? Rain water, toilet seat water, tap water?



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User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6805 times:



Quoting SBBRTech (Reply 12):
For god sakes...what water are you talking about? Rain water, toilet seat water, tap water?

I meant tap water, I assumed that they wouldn't drink Rain or Toilet seat water, but they should avoid that too.


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6806 times:

Hi!

I flew with TP from LIS to GIG and then domestic to CWB. When I arrived there it was quite late so I couldn't really "feel" a lot the airport. I was a bit surprised to see a lot of people asking me if I needed a cab down town or if I needed to change USD...that looked quite caotic but besides that it was OK. On my way back from CWB to GIG to pick again my TP flight I had enough time to check out the airport. Like some of you said perhaps GIG needs a bit of renovation and get a bit fresh..specially after I came from an outstanding airport that was CWB ( but that's another story...)! I was dispointed was with the movement at GIG, I expected to see lot's of airplanes, lot's of take-off and landings and exotic airlines from all over Latin America and also from Brazil....well that was not the case, but maybe it was the hour I arrived there. I simply saw an UA that looked like a 777, 2 AA's, one 777 and one 763, a CO 762, an AF 343, a LA 763, a AA MD80 and a LAB 727.
Anyway, it was not really very exciting but not that bad at all!
regards


User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7582 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6805 times:



Quoting BAKJet (Reply 2):
In my opinion Brazil is not the most pleasant place to be.

Jeez. To each his own, I guess, but this is really an unfair opinion. Brazil is a great place. I have been there 3 times in the past (and loved it), and can't wait to go back this year. The people are friendly, the food is fantastic, the natural beauty of the country is unparalleled... what is not to like about Brazil?



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User currently offlineXtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6794 times:



Quoting CMHSRQ (Reply 3):
Was in GIG last August, there are two terminals, the old one and the new one. The newer one is nicer, more modern and spacious, the older one has character. I hung out in the older one most of the time, it's darker, but still clean and easy to get around.

Now I have to go, I'll pick the "dive" everytime. If I can smoke and have a drink or three while waiting for my flight, I'm in the right joint. Now, if they have strippers doing lap dances, I definately have to go and would probably give that terminal an A1+ in service.

Quoting C010T3 (Reply 7):
I really should be dead by now, since I drink the water everyday.

I guess you're used to the water. Kind of like how my in-laws are used to that XM Rum from Guyana. Then again, I drink booze, neat, so I don't touch water. You know what fish do in water? Just kidding.

Quoting C010T3 (Reply 7):
The second security check you had to go through was because it was a flight to the USA. If I'm not mistaken, that was a demand that came either from the US-American airlines or from the US Government.
Rio is as dangerous as other cities with 12 million inhabitants.

I'll agree with you on those two points. Either way, security, big city, it's no to deter me from visiting Brazil one of these day. Anyone could say the same thing about EWR or LAX for that matter. Some people just aren't the "adventurous" type. I have friends who accidentally ventured outside of Virginia and wound up in North Carolina. They wouldn't even take buddy passes from me when I offered.

But everyone's experiences are different. It's what you make of it. That's what I love about travelling. Anytime I'm away from where my present domicile is, I can find a way to make it positive.



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User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6786 times:

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 15):
To each his own, I guess, but this is really an unfair opinion
It is just my opinion, I know lots of people that love Brazil, I just don't because I had a bad experience there. If I hadn;t gotten sick I might have liked Brazil, and even as much as I don't like Brazil, I'm glad I went. And I do love traveling internationally, I'm just going to avoid South America for awhile, partially because I don't speak spanish very well, much less portugese.

[Edited 2008-02-14 11:31:02]

User currently offlineC010T3 From Brazil, joined Jul 2006, 3703 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6777 times:



Quoting BAKJet (Reply 9):
I'm sorry, but I got bad food poisoning in Brazil and that really gave me a bad impression of Brazil.

Well, I'm sorry that you judge a city or a country by how your stomach reacts to the food. People just forget that most of the time the supposed poisoning comes not from bad food, but from the ingredients, seasonings or just from the fact that they are not cautious with the sun. There are many cases in which tourists eat just anywhere, but would never do that at home.


User currently offlineJmbarros12 From Brazil, joined Nov 2007, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6766 times:

Americans (when in US) are used to drink water directly from the bath sink. Maybe they think that it is ok to drink it from the bath sink in Brazil. Well, it´s not.

In Brazil we don´t do it. If I were in US, I wouldn´t do it either. I would drink only bottled mineral water.

Simple as that.

João.



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User currently offlineSBBRTech From Brazil, joined Jul 2007, 722 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6756 times:



Quoting BAKJet (Reply 13):
I meant tap water, I assumed that they wouldn't drink Rain or Toilet seat water, but they should avoid that too.

Ok then, I just feared you were one of those who packs water from your local market when going abroad. Not to worry, our main bottled water factories were already bought by the Coca-Cola Corp.

Quoting BAKJet (Reply 9):
I'm sorry, but I got bad food poisoning in Brazil and that really gave me a bad impression of Brazil.

That sucks can't blame you.



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User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6747 times:

Quoting Jmbarros12 (Reply 19):
Americans (when in US) are used to drink water directly from the bath sink. Maybe they think that it is ok to drink it from the bath sink in Brazil. Well, it´s not.
I didn't drink it from the bath sink. It was from the water they used to wash the dishes, I think, because I drank only bottled water and ate no ice. And I'll admit it, most americans are used to a pretty cushy life.

[Edited 2008-02-14 11:36:47]

User currently offlineC010T3 From Brazil, joined Jul 2006, 3703 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6700 times:



Quoting BAKJet (Reply 21):
I didn't drink it from the bath sink. It was from the water they used to wash the dishes, I think, because I drank only bottled water and ate no ice. And I'll admit it, most americans are used to a pretty cushy life.

So I guess you ate in a dump, since there is nothing wrong with our water. In order for you to get sick from the the dishes, it must be a place with no hygiene whatsoever.
If someone gets sick, because of the water, it's not because the water is not clean. It's because you are very sensitive to our normal environmental bacteria. Yes, then you should avoid our tap water until you are used to it. But then, you should blame nature...


User currently offlinePlaneFreaknATL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6696 times:

I flew in and out of GIG in 2004, and I don't recall any security checkpoint to actually get into the terminal - just the usual passport control before making it to the gates and then there was the additional check at the jetway before boarding. The terminal is on the old side, but does have character. I was on CO to Houston, and we had to stop in Sao Paulo, deplane, go through security and then board again. I have to say GIG was much 'calmer' than GRU as it was a mad house - from the same gate area, we had a our flight to IAH, CO's flight to EWR, and a delayed LH 744 to FRA boarding at the same time.

User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6669 times:

Quoting C010T3 (Reply 22):
It's because you are very sensitive to our normal environmental bacteria. Yes, then you should avoid our tap water until you are used to it. But then, you should blame nature...
The bacteria in Brazilian water is different than the bacteria in the American water.

Quoting C010T3 (Reply 22):
So I guess you ate in a dump, since there is nothing wrong with our water.
Like I said it's the different bacteria.

[Edited 2008-02-14 12:02:38]

[Edited 2008-02-14 12:03:07]

[Edited 2008-02-14 12:06:21]

25 Post contains images OHLHD : Since 2004 I am a regular visitor to GIG and RIO and I have nothing to complain about. Maybe the terminal looks a bit old but nothing wrong there. GIG
26 USFlyer MSP : GIG is fine, your grandparents will be fine. Its much better than GRU and CGH! I dont see how anybody can hate Brazil its one of the most wonderful pl
27 Varig md-11 : when you travel to other continents your body encounters bacteria he's not used to....and therefore reacts in a more or less refined way. the cushy w
28 St530 : I love Rio and have never had any problems in the city itself or at GIG. (Although a carioca friend of mine was robbed at gunpoint near Lapa downtown
29 Dellatorre : Sometimes I catch myself wondering why on earth should everyone love Brazil?? Oh yeah!! I know why!!! 'cause they don't have to. Someone that came her
30 Xtoler : I got close, my wife's from Guyana and I'm just a little white guy from Alabama. But we met in Germany and were both USAF. Speaking of being from bei
31 Baguy : They are flying business so they will probably be O.K. (I Wasn't sure whether there was an AF lounge at GIG) Thanks for info. BAguy[Edited 2008-02-14
32 Flighty : Rio is much more dangerous than NYC. NYC is actually a very safe city now. Rio has never earned that description. But I'd still love to go there!
33 GatiBOSGRU : You Saw an AA MD-80 ?! At GIG? Wow... Yeah GIG kinda Sucks, but it's not THAT bad as it's beeing said. lol
34 Jrlander : Well- GIG could certainly use a renovation, but I didn't find it horrible either time I was there. And while there are parts of Rio I'd be careful in
35 Post contains images Astuteman : For me, it (T1 IIRC) suffered in comparison to SCL, which seemed to be cleaner, brighter and more modern (well in excess of my expectation) Good summ
36 Post contains links and images LipeGIG : The best comment as an answer is may be. It depends on your point of view. To compare GIG (and remember it's Brazil) with the Best Airports, of course
37 Donzilasse : Hi Guys, Rio is a fantastic city as long as you use the same judgement as you do here at home in the U.S. I live in Miami and I love the city but you
38 AFGMEL : As compared to whom exactly? Are you sure you have traveled?
39 LOT767-300ER : Alot of bottled water in the USA is tap water. Hence there is no difference drinking from sink or going to the store.
40 Cmtehori : Are you sure about that? How did it get there? Same here You mean 763, right? Expect to see a DL772 soon, once I doubt Anac will authorize DL to fly
41 AR385 : GIG is a simple airport. It is clean, spacious and efficient. Other than that, there's not much else. I have travelled all over the planet, and have g
42 MarioSPlane : Sometimes, traveling is all the education an intelligent person needs... Welcome to my Respected Member list.
43 KLM685 : He probably meant Aerolineas Argentinas. AT ALL. Every big metropolis is the same everywhere you go. CWB in Brazil has to be a top notch city to the
44 MotorHussy : Was this for all passengers or just U.S. citizens? I've heard that since the U.S. introduced their tougher screening and security on foreigners, Braz
45 Babybus : I'm afraid this thread has put me off going to Rio. I was thinking of going in September this year. I had the same experience of getting food poisonin
46 TYCOON : I love GIG for the simple reason that it is in Brazil. I have traveled on all continents and to date have flown into and/or out of 256 airports in 64
47 Signol : I've arrived at GIG twice, but never departed from there. I guess both times it was to the "old" terminal, once IB and once BA. It seemed quite adequa
48 MarioSPlane : Well, it´s your choice, but you would be missing an opportunity to know a great city. Rio is like every other big city in the world, with the differ
49 Jmbarros12 : Exactly! DL´s terminal on JFK is worse than both GIG´s terminals. It´s obvious that GIG isn´t among the best airports in the world, but it isn´t
50 Post contains images SBBRTech : In my opinion the worst part of GIG is actually getting out of it. Sorry carioca friends but as soon as you hit the Linha Vermelha with that funky soa
51 TravelsUK : I live and work in Brazil for 6 months of the year and fly regularly throug GIG. Terminal 1 which is used by AF is fairly grotty, dark, in need of som
52 Douwd20 : I've been to Carnival in Rio every year for 8 years now. And not one single criminal incident. Though I like it when people think it's dangerous (it i
53 Post contains links Longhaul67 : but GIG still has the world's most spectacular flight announcer - Iris http://www.irislettieri.com.br/ She can make you forget the shortcomings of any
54 Travelin man : We are going to GIG next week for the first time and are very excited. We are on UA in Business Class (miles of course). Which terminal at GIG does UA
55 Post contains images LipeGIG : Yes 763, thanks for the correction Hori. Well if it could help you to change your mind, lets see the other side: - Go to PORCAO RIO's, the best house
56 AF086 : UA uses terminal 2 and AR operates at terminal 1.
57 Donzilasse : Felipe, Wish you a pleasant time in Rio! For how long will you be there? I will be going on the 29th. Lasse
58 EMB170 : BTW the weirdest/funniest part of GIG is that funky recorded voice that announces the departures in both terminals in Portugese and English. It litera
59 C010T3 : Actually, Mr. Lam is a Chinese restaurant specialised in Beijing cuisine. Sushi Leblon is the one always voted as the best Japanese in town. Azumi (i
60 AR385 : The Copacabana Palace. Not to sound presumptous, I stayed there for 6 months when I was based in Rio. Fantastic place. I still remember working in th
61 NewYorkCityBoi : To me, Brazil is a very pleasant place to be... it's a very beautiful country, the landscape in Rio is awesome. About dangerous: you just have to use
62 BAKJet : I don't know, the middle of the sahara. I realized something last night. Yes I'm sure I've traveled. Althought Rio is not my favorite place, I realiz
63 C010T3 : I think you are talking about Paquetá, which is actually part of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Foreigners usually don't like it, but Brazilians do. I
64 BAKJet : No, thats not what I'm talking about, although from the friend I got travel advice from, who has been to both, said that the Island I went to was a l
65 C010T3 : Oh my God, you're talking about Vila do Abraão. I can guarantee no one here comes from Abraão. It's just so funny that even give such a hint, if yo
66 Post contains links BAKJet : Quoting C010T3 (Reply 65): If you are not a nature guy, you really shouldn't go. Ilha Grande is a beautiful island. You are correct I'm talking about
67 Post contains images BAKJet : I just didn't want to offend anybody. Although now that you mention it, the hint realy didn't make sense.
68 Rafabozzolla : So... You are going to an island you KNOW is "rustic" (probably Ilha Grande, ferry from Angra dos Reis) and you expect islanders to be fluent in Engl
69 BAKJet : My friend said that they all spoke english pretty well. I really didn't do enough research on Illha grande before I went there.
70 C010T3 : Because you believe that heaven and poverty shouldn't be side by side? I think he portrayed it like that, because he can see through that. Ilha Grand
71 C010T3 : Well, he was wrong, but then again, would people just shut you off or would they try to communicate in anyway they could?
72 BAKJet : Are you implying that I'm annoying, or that it just gets really annoying trying to communicate with the few words that you both know?
73 C010T3 : I never said such a thing. I am just trying that it is really unfair of you to judge the islanders or anyone, as a matter of fact, on their English s
74 Metal : Excuse me, but this post became worthless. Maybe it should move to the "Aviation polls & prefs" or just be deleted.
75 BAKJet : Although it may have sounded like I was, I wasn't judging them by their english skills. The people on Illha Grande are some of the nicest people I'll
76 LipeGIG : Lasse, only three days to visit some clients, will be returning on JJ8082 or 8090/8080 as there is no option from GIG to arrive early on Big Apple. H
77 MarioSPlane : I agree. I don´t see anything wrong with GIG itself. It´s not Schiphol, but it´s not worse than JFK, LHR or CDG. The Linha Vermelha is IMO the pro
78 LipeGIG : You're right about that. It was during the end of the past Government. As you mentioned, now seems that the Police is fighting against the Crime and
79 Bennett123 : The pictures made me think about CDG or LHR, as for dark, when I was at CAI, the Economy lounge was like fernando's hideaway, (power cut?). As for the
80 Avianca : well was in GIG 2 weeks ago (GOL flight was scheduled CGH-SDU but due to heavy rain we had to go to GIG instead) and I have to say my impression abou
81 FMAL : Indeed, Linha Vermelha is much safer nowadays that even last year. Police presence is stronger and permanent. The sight is not pretty, but once you cr
82 Cmtehori : Does anyone here share the feeling this post has been hijacked?
83 LipeGIG : Arrived Saturday late evening on DL daylight, 15 minutes before schedule. Cleared Immigration in 30 seconds, got my baggage and buy some Duty Free ite
84 Hardiwv : Ok, GIG Terminal 1 may look old fashioned and certainly needs major renovation, I agree. GIG T1 is far from what one would expect as Brazil's major to
85 Aces727 : Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Why does it draw so many international tourists each year?... Simple, it has a reputa
86 Rwy04LGA : I love Rio! A friend with AA and I are buying an apartment there. We'll rent it out if he and his family or my family and I don't need it. We'll make
87 Post contains images LipeGIG : Hardi, it depends. I come with 4 colleagues yesterday and all of them said the very same thing : " Connection never more ". It's old, yes.. it is. It
88 Md94 : In my travels to Brazil I have had no problem with the tap water in Sao Paulo or Campinas. I have never gotten food poisoning and we have eaten at som
89 LipeGIG : Next weekend will be the last one with daylight flights GRU-ATL and GIG-ATL this season. Departs on Saturday. During June 15 to August 15 DL should o
90 Hardiwv : I am not arguing about connections neither about whether GIG or GRU whichever is better or worse off. My point is that GIG is indeed old fashioned an
91 LipeGIG : Didn't understand your point. You have to use JFK terminals 1, 2, 3 or LGA terminals. New York is the financial centre of the world and the airports
92 CJAContinental : Exactly. London is another example. Strange to think that when you americans come over to London and go visit Buckingham Palace, the Eye, Parliament
93 HALFA : I travel to GIG on a regular basis and in answer to the OP question, NO, it is really not that bad. Like others have said already, terminal one is rat
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