Unformatted text preview: Research a large hub international airport worldwide. (Example:
London, Tokyo, Bejing, Los Angeles) Prepare a one page report on its
ground transportation options, parking options, and unique features.
What issues have Transportation Network Companies had on airports.
Post your report using the discussion tool. Sao Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport is the second busiest airport in Latin America. Located in the
heart of Sao Paulo, Brazil, it falls second only to Mexico City Airport. Sao Paulo/Guarulhos (GRU) is the
primary international airport serving Sao Paulo, Brazil. Getting to the airport is fairly easy. The airport is
accessible by car, bus, or rail. If you were to drive to the airport, getting there would be easy. The airport has its own highway system
which connects the airport to the main highways in the area. Inside the airport, there are three rental
car agencies. Outside every terminal there are taxi stands as well. Parking is available both at the airport
and off site, with free shuttles taking you to your terminal. The parking facility at GRU operates 24 hours
a day and has a capacity for 7,500 vehicles at a time.
Arriving by bus is a little different. GRU has an executive bus service, shuttling people to and from the
airport and many stops along the way. The bus offers trips between GRU and Congonhas airport, as well
as to other bus terminals, downtown, Republica Square, and a strip of hotels down Paulista Avenue. The
bus ride is noted to be about an hour long, and tickets can be purchased at a counter located outside the
lounge area of Terminal 1’s arrival wing. Two airlines, Gol and LATAM both offer free bus transfers
between GRU and Congonhas airports at regular times. In addition to bus transportation around the
area, the airport also offers busses to different cities, with departures at least once a day. These cities
include Campinas, Passaro, Praia Grande, and Sorocaba, along with a few more.
In addition to cars and busses, GRU also offers a line at Sao Paulos commuter rail system that stops at the
airport. At first the rail only operated on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm. After this trial period
the hours changed, and the rail now departs every 30 minutes to the airport. When arriving at the
airport from the rail, you are dropped off on the opposite side of Terminal 1, which is the smallest and
least busy terminal. Because it was the first terminal built, it is not connected to terminal 2 and 3, with a
shuttle bringing you to the other terminals. For passengers not embarking on terminal 1, they must
remove their luggage and grab a bus to the other terminal.
With Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft growing in popularity, airports aren’t ready
to deal with the influx of cars suddenly. What used to be six taxis waiting for a ride now became
hundreds of cars circling the airport waiting for a request to ride. This created a problem because
companies that had contracts with the airport are now getting less business and struggling. Because
TNCs are technically for-hire cars, some airports have started requiring cars to obtain a special permit to
pick up people from the airport and are then charged a fee. In October 2014, Nashville airport became
the first to successfully negotiate with the companies and issue permits. This also required ridesharing
companies to provide the requested amounts of insurance. ...
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