chanyxp From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 12 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3292 times:
Continuing my JJ8081 trip report en route to Lima, Peru...
I have just landed in Sao Paulo airport at local time 5:50am. It's my first time in South America. I can't speak Portuguese. And I thought I got lost.
My flight arrived in the Terminal 2, and my onward flight to Lima was due to depart in Terminal 1. However, the problem with the airport was that there was no clear signs to Terminal 1, and the departure/arrival screens on showed terminal 2 (basically, the flights only for the terminal you were in). I found out, after walking back and forth like an idiot in Terminal 2, that I had to go upstairs by the VIP lounges for the passageway to Terminal 1.
Anyways, I got to Terminal 1 just fine. Thankfully.
For my flight to Lima, I had to take a bus downstairs to the plane.
The waiting area where other flights (Aerolineas Argentinas to Buenos Aires was among the ones)
The boarding started on time at 7:45am.
JJ 8066 Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport to Lima Jorge Chavez Airport GRU-LIM
Jan 18th, 2013
Dep: 8:15am Arr: 11:15am
The beautiful A330-200
That could've been the plane I just took from New York..
Fell asleep on the take off.. too tired.
The meal service started 1 hour after take-off. I got the sandwich (other choice being omelette). It just had ham and cheese in it.
Passing over Andes
Light snack and an apple drink
Lima in the background
Landed gracefully on time!
Here at last.. Jorge Chavez Airport
Last view of the plane.
Walkway to Immigration.
I think it's interesting that some airports are designed so that the passengers disembark on the same level as the departures floor. However, it does give the people in the departures floor harder time in observing the planes outside, especially during the night.
Anyways, I passed through the immigration quickly (no line to wait, form was easily filled out in seconds), got my baggage I checked-in from JFK, passed through customs, and onto taxi to my friend's house.
Overall, TAM was a fine airline to travel with, and I would definitely choose it again in the future. The flight attendants have been attentive, and many were helpful even though my Spanish/Portuguese skills were poor. The meals were not superb but were edible enough ;] I'd imagine the airline would be getting busy soon for next couple of years especially with World Cup in 2014 and Olympics in 2016. I hope to see much more improvements in Guarulhos Aiport especially..
avion660 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 195 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2099 times:
Quoting chanyxp (Thread starter): I found out, after walking back and forth like an idiot in Terminal 2, that I had to go upstairs by the VIP lounges for the passageway to Terminal 1.
You're right that it's not obvious. I had a 6 hour wait once with both flights leaving from T1, and eventually saw a tiny sign for T2, with the stairs hidden away around a corner. That link was the only decent place for photos too.. for precisely the reason that you highlight...
Quoting chanyxp (Thread starter): I think it's interesting that some airports are designed so that the passengers disembark on the same level as the departures floor. However, it does give the people in the departures floor harder time in observing the planes outside, especially during the night.