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After bidding farewell to our hosts, we headed to the bus stop. We intended to take bus 120 to the airport but two went pass without stopping as they were too full.
Fearing that we might never get on the bus, we decided to get a taxi. It didn’t take much to convince the two Russian guys at the bus stop to share the taxi with us and we were at the airport 20 minutes later. The 11km taxi ride was 40 BRL, pretty expensive in my opinion.
The terminal felt rather claustrophobic with the low ceilings.
After getting our boarding passes, we went through the security to reach the holding area. Due to the number of flights departing around the same time, it was heaving with passengers.
There were a few shops and a cafe selling pão de queijo.
Ying and I kept wondering where the strange smell came from.
We saw our plane arrived and it had a special livery which celebrated 20 years of TAM’s loyalty programme Fidelidade.
There was no aerobridge and we could walk from the terminal to the aircraft. We chose to board from the rear door.
Flight: TAM JJ 3186
Depart: Foz do Iguaçu/Cataratas International Airport (IGU) – 13:01
Arrive: Rio de Janeiro Galeão (GIG) – 15:00
Distance: 734 miles (1,181 km)
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Online check-in wasn’t available for TAM and I got a middle seat for the first time in a long while. The plane seemed to be full.
I settled down to my seat and started to rummage through the seat pocket content.
The crew went around to distribute the snack and drinks after we got to cruising altitude.
With no window, the primary entertainment was the inflight magazine. It had quite a few interesting articles and kept me engaged for most of the flight.
It seemed that we always got some awesome neighbour.
We were welcomed to the rainy Rio de Janeiro by a row of Coca Cola ads.
While the belt for our plane was a generic one, Ying discovered that there was one with World Cup theme.
I found out that it was possible to collect our World Cup match tickets at GIG from the website and we were keen to do that to avoid wasting time collecting them.
TAM uses Terminal 2 at GIG and World Cup ticket collection kiosks were over at Terminal 1. After getting assistance from a friendly guy at the information counter, we followed the signs to Terminal 1.
The ticket collection point at GIG Terminal 1 was well-staffed and one volunteer told us that it would be much faster to use the self-service machines.