SAN DIEGO – Soccer fans from around the world are traveling to Brazil for the World Cup, but they may experience a rough landing when they get there.
Sao Paulo’s $1.3 billion Guarulhos Airport has been undergoing a revamp to get ready for the World Cup, but after seven years of construction, it remains unfinished, according to news reports. Only one quarter of its international terminals are operational.
Brazilian Antonio Formiga knows the troubles awaiting travelers in Sao Paulo.
“It will be a mess, a lot of mess, because it will be very hard to deal with things going on there at the moment,” said Formiga. “Be patient because I don`t know if Brazil is ready to receive all of the people.”
Traffic could be another big issue. On Monday, the wait time for a taxi at Guarlhos was reportedly more than two hours.
Brazilian officials have their hands full with a major transit strike that is clogging up the flow on city streets.
Brazilian authorities insist they’re ready for the masses of people flying to their country for the World Cup.
Octavio Barcenas was bracing himself for his 19-hour flight from San Diego International Airport to Sao Paulo on Tuesday. Barcenas said he isn’t fazed by the potential delays and is leaving San Diego in good spirits.
“I`m not worried. I`m with friends… hopefully everything is going to be ok. That`s what I am hoping for,” said Barcenas.