Sao Paulo Guarulhos Is South America’s Rising Star

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Is South America's Rising Star
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Sao Paulo Guarulhos in Brazil is becoming one of South America’s rising stars when it comes to its bounceback from COVID-19.

Using data from, we can see the sharp recovery that the airport has made compared to last year and is on track to exceed pre-pandemic levels soon.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

Numbers for Sao Paulo Guarulhos: South America’s Rising Star?

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Is South America's Rising Star
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Sao Paulo Guarulhos handled 723 movements between June 27-July 4, which is an increase of 18.52% compared to the same period last year, where 610 movements were handled.

This means that the airport is only 17 movements shy of achieving pre-pandemic levels, based on the seven-day rolling averages provided by the flight tracking company.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data representing the airport:

Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
May 30-June 6653 movements581 movements713 movements+22.72%
June 6-13658 movements576 movements676 movements+17.36%
June 13-20644 movements587 movements716 movements+21.98%
June 20-27695 movements583 movements713 movements+22.30%

What we can see from the data is that in the early peaks of the Summer season, Sao Paulo Guarulhos has actually exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

It is only now, as we approach the official peak of the season that the gap has shortened, but this shows promising news for the airport as we get further into the busy period.

All eyes are on the airport to see how much further they can take this and to see if they can provide more consistency in exceeding the 2019 figures and keep the title of being South America’s rising star.


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