Brazil plans airport revamps

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Brazil plans to form public–private consortiums to revamp three of the country's main airports as part of a broader effort to speed up preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the government said in early June 2011.

Brazil has been eager to dispel concerns that the country may not be fully ready to host the major football event, or the Olympic games that Rio de Janeiro will host two years later. Even government experts have warned that Brazil's airports, already strained by a surge in domestic passenger numbers in recent years, may not be able to cope with up to 1m visitors expected for the FIFA World Cup. The modernisation of stadiums and other preparations are also delayed due in part to excessive red tape and legal battles. " The government has concluded, after meeting with (state) governors, that it will be necessary to accelerate preparations for the 2014 World Cup, " sports minister Orlando Silva said in a news conference attended by Reuters. The proposed public–private partnerships will build and operate new terminals at the Viracopos and Guarulhos airports in Sao Paulo state and in the capital Brasilia, the president's office said by twitter. The state airport authority Infraero will have a stake of up to 49 percent, and private companies will take the remaining share, the presidency said. Terms for the bidding process should be ready by December, the civil aviation ministry said in a statement.

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