Airport at Rio

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#1
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We will be leaving from the Rio airport on a very late night flight. Are there any cafes etc. open? Also, any suggestions involving departing this airport would be appreciated.

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#2
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Originally posted by nancycoop1
We will be leaving from the Rio airport on a very late night flight. Are there any cafes etc. open? Also, any suggestions involving departing this airport would be appreciated.

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Nancy,

I understand there are two airline clubs, American and Air France. On another thread people have said there are several restaurants/cafes. We will be on The Star returning on 7 March with a 10pm depature for Atlanta.
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I checked on the American Club (we are flying American) and it closes at 8:00 p.m., no no help there. Darn
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I checked on the American Club (we are flying American) and it closes at 8:00 p.m., so no help there. Darn
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#5
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Flew from there a week ago. I would best describe it as scruffy and expensive with a poor duty free. There are cafe's but did not use them

Water will be confiscated when you go through security
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Originally posted by hampshirelad
Flew from there a week ago. I would best describe it as scruffy and expensive with a poor duty free. There are cafe's but did not use them

Water will be confiscated when you go through security
Thanks - that was what I was afraid of. I guess it couldn't be worse than Sao Paolo. (I hope) Did it take a long time to go thru security etc?
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The Rio airport will be EXTREMELY crowded and disorganized on "cruise day". Plan on being there AT LEAST 3 hours early. The lines get VERY long. Unless you are flying first or business or are a top tier FF, you need at least 2 hours just to get through the lines (just for check in-security moves pretty fast). MAKE SURE your ticket INCLUDES the departure tax. MOST US tickets do, but if you bought from a discounter, the departure tax MAY NOT have been paid.

I fly to SA (usually Santiago or Lima, but sometimes Rio) 4 times per year for business. The major airports are ALWAYS crowded and disorganized. And no one is in a hurry-"there is always tomorrow" is the attitude anytime you leave the Southern border of the US and head South.
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Do you leave from terminal 1 (AA, DL, CO) or 2 (UA)? Terminal 2 is newer and have better places to eat, including a McDonalds if you like. Terminal 1 is worn out and not many places to eat after security. Many options on the 3rd floor, but that is before security.

Regarding being crowded and disorganized, that depends a lot on the time you're there and day of the week. If you arrive for the very last AA flight (11:55pm, I believe) it will be very quiet. And if you're used to the comedy circus that are US airports these days you'll find GIG a breeze.
#9
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We are leaving on AA on their last flight. Is there anyplace after security to sit down, shop, get something to eat etc?

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#10
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Oh dear ... this doesn't sound like a great way to end a lovely cruise!!!

Can anyone comment on the British Airways Lounge for 'business' passengers?

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Originally posted by KBC
Oh dear ... this doesn't sound like a great way to end a lovely cruise!!!

Can anyone comment on the British Airways Lounge for 'business' passengers?

Many thanks
There is no BA lounge in Rio. You will use the AA lounge. It closes around 8:30PM, so if you have a late flight, you will still have to sit at the gate. Not a bad lounge, but it certainly isn't Terraces. Snacks only, you MAY get a couple of drink chits.
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Thanks for the info, albeit not good news. Our flight home isn't until 11:15pm therefore I may look into booking a dayroom at a nearby hotel - any suggestions would be much appreciated.... thanks again.
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