Civil Aviation Department to invest R$ 2 billion in airports in the state of Amazônia
Brazil’s Department of Civil Aviation (SAC) is to invest two billion reais in the construction and modernization of 80 regional airports in eight states: Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins and Mato Grosso – all of which are involved in the Regional Aviation Development Program.
The 80 airports were chosen due to the difficulty of accessing the region in which they are, or are to be, located, since the program intends to ensure that 96% of the country’s population lives within 100km of an airport terminal.
The first bidding rounds should be launched in July this year. Of the total number of airports, 9 are to be built from scratch. Counting from the presentation of the project, construction of these airports takes an average of 30 months before they are ready for operations.
For Eliseu Padilha, the Civil Aviation Minister, the focus on the Amazon region will allow for air transport to reach areas that have hitherto been difficult to access, whilst it will also allow for economic development in the region.