The significant increase in Brazil’s airport capacity
The Civil Aviation Department of Brazil’s Presidential Office recently published a report on the capacity and efficiency of the country’s airports. Since the organization was created in 2011, R$ 11.3 billion (US$ 5 billion) has been invested in strategic actions in the civil aviation sector and in Brazil’s airport and aeronautical infrastructure, increasing capacity by 70 million passengers per year.
Brazil’s airport infrastructure is currently able to handle 285 million passengers per year, but it is expected that, once the expansion work on Viracopos Airport is completed towards the end of the year, this annual capacity will rise to 295 million.
Over the last three and a half years, 1.4 million square meters of apron space for maneuvers and aircraft accommodation has been constructed, whilst 270 parking spaces have been created for commercial aircraft. In parallel, new passenger boarding points have been created, with 16 of these being at the airport serving the capital, Brasília, which is now the country’s second busiest, following the 13% rise in its activities during the first half of this year.
The greatest changes have been seen at four airports which have recently moved into private hands: Guarulhos (SP), Viracopos (SP), Galeão (RJ) and Confins (MG). Between 2012 and 2014, the capacities at these airports’ terminals expanded by 57%, a figure which is expected to rise to 76% by the end of the year.
This is the biggest injection of funds that Brazilian airports have ever had, intended to cover the country’s growing demand for airport and aeronautical infrastructure, which has almost tripled over the last 10 years.