July 18, 2016: The RIOgaleão Cargo terminal has commenced its special operation for the period of the planet’s greatest sporting event, just three weeks away from the Olympics.
Tom Jobim International Airport´s cargo terminal gains a dedicated space for imports and exports n response to the expected increase of 2,000 tonnes in cargo imports, related to the Rio 2016 Games.
The airport´s Olympic Warehouse measures 2,800 m² with additional areas available as contingencies, especially during the busy period immediately after the Games. The facility counts on dedicated staff and equipment from the airport and all government agencies and operates 24/7, ensuring the speedy processing of shipments.
It has already received some 700 tonne of broadcasting equipment, merchandising and other materials destined for the Rio 2016 Games.
Emirates, LATAM, Lufthansa, Cargolux and Atlas are amongst those freighter operators that have already confirmed or operated dedicated Olympics charters into GIG, amongst them 12 charters bringing in the 300+ horses that will participate in the equestrian events.
“Since the beginning of the airport concession in August 2014, we have invested almost R$ 30 million to improve our infrastructure and operational performance. The Olympics are a great opportunity to demonstrate our new capabilities and show the global market all that we have done to become one of the most modern and efficient gateways in Latin America,” says Patrick Fehring, director of RIOgaleão Cargo.
Fehring is keen to stress that regular cargo operations will continue as usual, and that the cargo processing times seen today are the terminal’s lowest in three years.
“Our biggest concern, of course, is with our regular customers. Our space is fully adapted to carry out both regular and ‘Olympic’ operations without one interfering with the other, mainly because today we are operating at less than 50 percent of our total storage capacity,” he says.
By the end of 2016, the investments made by the concessionaire into new equipment and infrastructure upgrades since August 2014 (beginning of the concession) will have totaled R$ 30 million.
RIOgaleão Cargo is the cargo terminal of the airport’s concessionaire, and has as its partners Odebrecht TransPort, Changi and Infraero. The consortium will make R$ 30 million in investments before the end of 2016 for improvements in the cargo terminal of the Tom Jobim International Airport.
The cargo terminal has 45,000 m² of unrestricted storage space, over 13,780 shelf positions and 17,000 m³ of modern and fully automated cold storage facilities. It also offers parking positions for up to nine widebody freighters at the same time and features the longest runway in Brazil (4,000 metre).