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Rio’s Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) is cool blue, and a convenient alternative to the much farther from the city center main international airport, Galeão (GIG). It only handles Brazil domestic flights so does not work as a point of first entry, but for those already in Brazil or connecting, it is a convenient option for accessing the city.
Check both airports for schedules and potential savings, keeping in mind they are on opposite sides of the city and 19 km apart.
I love the fast experience at Santos Dumont, a quick trip from the beaches, fast check-in, and Tam even moved me to an earlier flight for free.