Brazil's state owned airport operator Infraero plans to launch before the end of the year Infraero Servicos, a joint venture with a major international airport operator to advise and eventually run regional and municipal airports.
The airport operator has not yet been selected.
Infraero has appointed Banco do Brasil to design the corporate setup for the joint venture, which will announce its international partner in the last quarter of this year.
According to Geraldo Moreira Neves, Infraero's commercial director, the new company will "support regional and municipal governments to manage their airports".
The range of services provided will include creation of strategic master plans and engineering for renewal and expansion work, as well as services related to security, fire protection, accounting and administration or consulting.
The international partner will be selected for its "management, administrative and technological know-how", as well as its ability to improve Infraero Servicos' potential to win regional tenders for airport construction and operation opportunities, "competing with private sector operators".
The Brazilian government recently approved a multi-billion investment plan to improve the vast country's regional airport network.
Infraero has been the dominant airport operator in Brazil, but with the privatization of Brasilia, Guarulhos and Campinas in 2012, and more processes to follow this year, Infraero is immersed in a profound internal change to make it more competitive and better adapted to the needs of Brazil's airport system.