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Brazil's new airport terminal glistens amid stumbles

Rare success story in rush to get infrastructure ready for June World Cup

Published Sun, May 18, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[SAO PAULO] Walking through Sao Paulo's new airport terminal, you'd never suspect the trouble coursing through the city ahead of the World Cup that Brazil will begin hosting next month.

Sunlight illuminates the gleaming, soaring wing of Guarulhos International Airport that opened last week, ready to receive the estimated 600,000 visitors who will fly in for the monthlong international soccer tournament.

Terminal 3, at 192,000 square metres, is slightly larger than Terminals 1, 2 and 4 combined and has the capacity to receive as many as 12 million passengers a year. The cathedral-height interior dwarfs the claustrophobic T1 and T2, built with concrete and one strip of skylight in 1985.

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