UK government organisation highlights £1.4B investment for Brazil’s airports

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A new report released by UK Trade and Investment estimates that a £1.4 billion ($2.2 billion) investment is necessary in Brazil's airport infrastructure during the next five years.

The investments are needed to support the 12 cities hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The report highlights that more than 600,000 visitors are expected for the World Cup, and total investments in overall infrastructure to prepare for the 2014 event range from £10 billion to £30 billion.

The report also states the government by year-end expects to define a "PAC de Copa" to outline government-funded infrastructure projects to support the World Cup.

Infraero, the Brazilian government airport operator, expects opportunities to arise for international consultants to work on masterplanning and design for strengthened airport infrastructure "as there are a limited number of Brazilian companies who have capability in this area".

In preparation for the World Cup Infraero, "who have been allocated funds from the PAC, have a programme to improve and expand many passenger terminals", according to the report.

Specific projects include expansions of the passenger terminal at Confins International Airport in Belo Horizonte valued at £70 million, a £140 million expansion of the passenger terminal at the Brasilia International Airport and refurbishment of the passenger terminal and parking expansion at Cuiaba International Airport valued at £10 million.

Infraero and PAC are listed as the funding sources for those projects along with passenger terminal refurbishment and expansion and construction of a second runway at Manaus International Airport. The value of those projects is £260 million. A £40 million runway expansion is also planned for the Salgado Filho International airport in Porto Alegre. Fortaleza is planning for an £80 million passenger terminal refurbishment and expansion.

A £222 million project is planned for Galeao International airport in Rio de Janiero entailing refurbishment of passenger terminals one and two, expansion of terminal two, construction of new garage building and new terminal expansion for general aviation. Construction of a second runway is also planned at Salvador airport.

A £444 million project is planned for Guarulhos in Sao Paulo that includes construction of a third passenger terminal and renovation and reconstruction of runways.

At Campinas airport in Sao Paulo, construction of a second passenger terminal and second runway has an estimated cost of £1 billion.

The report also outlines construction of a new public-private airport in Natal, and additional projects at Florianoplis, Foz do Iguacu, Goiania, Santarem and Vitoria.