Brazil airports delayed

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Most of Brazil's airports being upgraded for the FIFA World Cup in 2014 will not be ready in time according to a new progress report.

There are 13 terminals being upgraded but 10 of them are unlikely to be completed by June 2014, said the government–backed Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA). Brazil is expecting up to 1m visitors during the tournament. The IPEA says that even if extra investment is put into the airport projects and they were finished on time, it still may not be enough. Fourteen of the countrys 20 major airports would still be operating over capacity. Brazils government promised to complete major infrastructure work including the airports as part of its bid to host the FIFA World Cup. It is also hosting the Summer Olympics in 2016. IPEA puts much of the blame on Infraero, the state–owned airport authority, which it told Reuters, has a low level of efficiency in the execution of investment programmes. Around $900m has been budgeted by Infraero to upgrade the countrys airports ahead of the competition. In addition to the 13 airports being upgraded for the World Cup, a brand new airport in Natal, another World Cup host city, still has no firm date for completion.

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