Galeão and Confins airports officially privatized
On August 12, 2014 the Confins (MG) and Galeão (RJ) international airports were officially privatized, four months after the signing of the concession agreement in April. The consortiums of ‘BH Airport’, made up of the CCR Group and the companies Flughafen München and Flughafen Zürich AG, and ‘Rio Galeão’, composed of the Odebrecht Group and the company Changi Airports Internacional, will be monitored by Infraero for six months, after which the operations will be definitively transferred. The consortiums are promising immediate improvements at the airports.
At Galeão, certain improvements are already being implemented, including free internet access for up to 30 minutes, new bi-lingual information desks, reorganization of the taxi stands, security cameras in the parking lots, and improved cleaning services. The Rio Galeão consortium plans to invest R$ 2 billion (US$ 900 million) in the construction of an additional wing for the airport’s Terminal 2 before the start of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The expansion should double the number of passenger boarding points and provide four new parking levels, as well as increase the area of the aircraft apron, amongst other improvements. The total investment over the 25-year concession period will reach R$ 5 billion.
In Confins, the first challenge facing the newly installed consortium is the construction of a new terminal and expansion of the aircraft apron within 21 months. In parallel, the concessionaire will have to start construction of a second landing and take off runway, which is expected to be concluded in 2020. The consortium will be investing R$ 1.3 billion before 2018, with this sum representing almost half of the R$ 3.6 billion that will be invested over the 30-year long concession.
Should either of the concessionaires fail to meet the deadlines agreed upon for the works, the defaulting consortium will be fined by ANAC – the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency. The company responsible for administration of the Viracopos Airport (SP), which took over the airport’s operations in November 2012, was served notice by ANAC on July 24, 2014 for missing the deadline established for completion of the first stage of the airport’s expansion program and could be asked to pay a fine of up to R$ 170 million.