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Singapore group pays 8.24bn to operate Rio's Galeao airport on 25-year concession

Saturday, November 23rd 2013 - 06:46 UTC
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Galeao airport is Brazil's second busiest Galeao airport is Brazil's second busiest

Airport operators from Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Brazil on Friday won rights to run airports in Rio and Belo Horizonte, two host cities of the 2014 World Cup. One consortium including engineering firm Odebrecht and Singapore airport operator Changi paid 19 billion Reais (8.24 billion dollars) for a 25-year concession to run Rio's Galeao airport at an auction held at the Sao Paulo stock exchange.

 A second consortium including Brazil's biggest highway operator CCR in partnership with Germany's Flughafen Munchen, operator of Munich airport, and Switzerland's Flughafen Zurich paid 1.8 billion Reais (780 million) for a 30-year concession for Belo Horizonte`s Confins airport.

Minimum bids for the auction organized by the National Civil Aviation Agency was 4.8 billion Reais (2.1 billion) for Galeao airport, the country's second busiest, and 1.09 billion Reais (490 million) for Belo Horizonte's Confins airport.

It was Brazil's third round of airport privatization. The first occurred in 2011 with the privatization of Sao Goncalo do Amarante airport in Rio Grande do Norte.

Last year, 20-year concessions valued at a total of 14 billion dollars were granted to manage three airports: two in Sao Paulo and one in Brasilia, breaking the monopoly of Infraero, the federal agency that runs more than 70 airports.

The auctions are part of the government's efforts to modernize the country's aging and congested airports in preparation for the tens of thousands of tourists expected for next year's World Cup and the 2016 Rio summer Olympics.

Galeao, which currently handles 17.5 million passengers annually, is projected to receive 60 million at the end of the concession period in 2038. Confins, which handles 10.5 million passengers a year, is projected to have 43 million a year by 2043.

The government said it anticipates total investments of 12.9 billion Reais (5.6 billion) during the 25-year concession for Galeao and of 5.1 billion Reais (2.4 billion) for the 30-year concession for Confins. Contracts for the two airports are to be signed next March.

When she announced the auction for Rio and Belo Horizonte last December, President Dilma Rousseff insisted that any private entities taking part would have to include at least one international partner “with experience running an airport handling at least 35 million passengers a year.”

And the operator must have “at least a 25% stake” in the consortium.

Infraero is to retain a 49% stake in both airports.

Meanwhile, according to a recent Infraero survey, construction delays are plaguing work at seven of the 12 Brazilian cities that will host the World Cup from next June.

The worst delay was reported to be in the southern city of Porto Alegre, where work on expanding terminal at a cost of 69 million has not even begun.

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  • Brasileiro

    Brazil and Germany ever closer. More friends. More love. More money.

    Nov 23rd, 2013 - 05:32 pm 0
  • Clyde15

    Christ! He's at it again ! Are 14 year olds allowed to post here ?

    Nov 23rd, 2013 - 05:42 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    I love it all. I love watching him angry!


    Nov 23rd, 2013 - 05:48 pm 0
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