The State of São Paulo has 36 airports. The two largest ones are run by private companies (Guarulhos and Viracopos), and three are managed by the Empresa Brasileira de Infraestrutura Aeroportuária (The Brazilian Company of Airport Infrastructure) (Infraero): Congonhas, Campo de Marte and São José dos Campos. Whereas the Departamento Aeroviário de São Paulo (São Paulo Airline Department) (Daesp) manages 26 regional airports after conceding management of the aerodromes at Barretos, Lins, Piracicaba, Botucatu and Bauru-Centro to their municipal administrations.

The two airports with the largest volume of passengers in Brazil are Congonhas Airport (CGH), in the capital and the São Paulo International Airport – Governador André Franco Montoro (GRU), in Guarulhos. In 2012, both airports received more than 49 million passengers, the equivalent of 26% of all movement recorded in Infraero run airports throughout Brazil.

Together with Viracopos International Airport (VCP) in Campinas, the São Paulo International Airport/Guarulhos (GRU) is also noted for cargo transportation. In 2012, both terminals handled 50% of all air cargo in Brazil –  246,200 and 474,100 tonnes respectively (Infraero – 2012).

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