Brazil Olympics – Ops Update

By Declan Selleck


The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil is on August 5, in Rio de Janeiro.

From July 19 – Sep 23 (because the Paralymic Games follow), there are a ton of airspace restrictions, slot controlled airports, and changes. So here’s the shortest current summary we can manage:

  1. The primary info doc is Brazil AIC 07/16. 122 pages and tough to read, to be honest.
  2. Slots: Airports:  SBBH, SBBR, SBCF, SBGL, SBGR, SBKP, SBRJ, and SBSP – but that may change according to traffic. ANAC (The Civil Aviation Authority) will allocate ATC slots for airlines and commercial aircraft. CGNA (The ATC Command Centre) will allocate slots for GA and private flights:
  3. Host cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Rio, Salvador, Sao Paulo.
  4. Restrictions: Different colours, a multitude of restricted airspace all stemming from the AIC above. Nevertheless, apparently no changes to SID/STARs.
  5. Zika: Seems not to be the big deal it was before. Less mosquitoes in winter.
  6. Visas: June 1 – Sep 18 – US, Canada, Japan, Australia: no visa required for tourists. No change to crew visa requirements ( not required if on Gendec, in uniform)

Reference Links:

  • Main AIC:
  • ANAC –
  • CGNA Portal –



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Declan Selleck

Declan Selleck

Declan is a Flight Service Specialist with OPSGROUP.

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