Congonhas International Airport is situated at Washington Luis Avenue, about eight-km from the city downtown area.
It is one of the three commercial airports of the city and is managed by Infraero. According to 2007 reports, it is the busiest airport of Brazil and the 2nd- busiest in terms of passengers.
The name of the airport comes from a plant which used to grow in the area where the airport is currently situated.
The central hall of the passenger terminal is considered amongst the most outstanding works in modern architecture. The airport contains ‘international’ in its name from 1980, the airport used to operate international flights to countries like Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay; however, with the opening of the Guarulhos Airport, it only deals with domestic flights.
Today, it acts as a prime hub for some of Brazil’s largest airlines such as Gol, TAM Airlines, OceanAir and Varig.