Brazil’s Department of Civil Aviation (SAC) has opened tenders for passenger terminal projects at 50 regional airports as part of a larger investment scheme to improve airport facilities across the country.
Contracts will be awarded in December with construction scheduled to start in February 2014, according to the SAC. Works include modernised and in some cases expanded passenger waiting areas, security screening facilities, toilets and dining options.
“Our job is to upgrade airports, bringing them into the 21st century,” says SAC minister Moreira Franco in a statement on 15 October.
The works are part of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff’s regional aviation plan to invest Brazilian reals (R) 7.3 billion ($3.38 billion) in 220 regional airports across Brazil. They are funded by proceeds from the concessions of five of the country’s largest airports.
SAC intends to award contracts for the remaining 180 airports in March 2014 with construction scheduled to begin that May.
The first 50 airports tendered include 17 in north region of Brazil, 12 in the southeast, 10 in the northeast, six in the south and five in the midwest, according to the SAC.