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Logistics Investment Program to Benefit Brazil Airports

By January 1, 2013

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Brazil airports will see an array of improvements in infrastructure and services in the near future, thanks to the Logistics Investment Program: Airports, launched on Dec.20, 2012 by Brazil president Dilma Rousseff.

Upcoming measures include concessions for Galeão in Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and Confins, in Belo Horizonte (MG), which are expected to generate investments of R$ 6.6 billion and R$4.8 billion respectively. Bids should take place in September 2013. Viracopos, in Campinas (SP); Guarulhos (SP) and Brasília (DF) had concession contracts signed in June 2012.

According to the Minister of the Civil Aviation Secreatariat, Wagner Bittencourt, in a note published in the federal government's Portal Brasil, the concession process will strengthen airport services in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

The Logistics Investment Program will also target 270 regional airports, with R$ 7.3 billion in federal funds to be invested for better service, more flights and other improvements. The government aims at having 96% of Brazil's population within a 100-kilometer range of an airport with regular flights.

Improvements will include the repair and construction of ramps and runways, upgrades in terminals and more. Resources will come from the National Civil Aviation Fund (Fnac), with project and investment management by Banco do Brasil.

The Northeast will receive the highest investment: R$ 2.1 billion in 64 regional airports. R$ 1.7 billion are allotted for 67 airports in the North; R$ 1.6 billion in 65 airports in the Southeast; R$ 994 million in 43 airports in the South; and R$ 924 million in 31 airports in the Center-West.

In a note published on the Ministry of Tourism website, Tourism Minister Gastão Vieira said that "the inclusion of touristic destinations in the plan reinforces the initiatives the Brazilian government has adopted to boost the competitiveness of national tourism".

These are the touristic destinations whose airports will benefit from the Logistics Investment Program:

  • Foz do Iguaçu (PR)
  • Ilhéus (BA)
  • Fernando de Noronha (PE)
  • Angra dos Reis (RJ)
  • Porto Seguro (BA)
  • Caldas Novas (GO)
  • Barreirinhas (MA)
  • Lençóis (BA)
  • São Raimundo (PI)
  • Araxá (MG)
  • Barcelos (AM)
  • Juazeiro do Norte (CE)
  • Paranaguá (PR)
  • Jijoca de Jericoacoara (CE)
  • Parintins (AM)
  • São João Del Rei (MG)
  • Bonito (MS)
  • Aracati (CE)
  • Corumbá (MS)
  • Santarém (PA)
  • Maragogi (AL)
  • Cáceres (MT)
  • Diamantina (MG)
  • Parnaíba (PI)
  • Caxambú (MG)
  • Mateiros (TO)
  • Ouro Preto (MG)
  • Alto Paraíso de Goiás (GO)
  • Gramado (RS)
  • Canindé de São Francisco (SE)

Photo: Aeroporto Horácio de Matos in Lençóis, the main gateway to Chapada Diamantina, Bahia. Patricia Ribeiro.

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