Sao Paulo to improve Sorocaba airport

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The Sao Paulo state government plans to invest Brazilian reals 8.2 million ($ 4.7 million) to improve the Sorocaba airport to facilitate Embraer's plans to establish a new service centre for business aircraft.

According to governor Geraldo Alckmin, the Sao Paulo state will extend the airport's runway length to 1,630m and double the aircraft parking space as part of an agreement signed on 6 March with Embraer to create a service and maintenance centre for its business jet business.

The works will help support the more than 100 Embraer executive jets currently operating in Brazil, which will also be home to new Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 simulators by the end of 2012.

Sorocaba is a Sao Paulo state-owned airport located about 100km east to Sao Paulo, while Embraer's headquarters are based in Sao Jose dos Campos, approximately 150km east of Sao Paulo.