Brazilian airport upgrades set to take off

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It is no secret that the improvement of airports across Brazil is one of the most pressing requirements ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and, thankfully, the wave of upgrades has now well and truly begun, even if a little later than expected.

The biggest development in recent months, particularly in terms of international business opportunities, is the proposed privatisation of three key airports (Guarulhos in Sao Paulo, Viracopos in nearby Campinas and Brasilia's international airport), a process that is currently on the agenda of the federal government and the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC). President Dilma Rousseff has promised that the tender procedures for all three will be underway by December this year, while ANAC has called for expressions of interest from companies keen to be involved with expansion, maintenance and concession activities at these airports. Alongside the privatizations, upgrade plans are moving ahead at pace right around the country with the tender processes for major works at Guarulhos, Manaus, Florianopolis and Campinas airports all currently underway, while smaller upgrades are also rolling out across a number of other facilities. Furthermore, future privatizations are also scheduled for Rio's and Belo Horizonte's international airports. To give some idea of the scope of works, plus accompanying business opportunities, the project for the third terminal at Sáo Paulo's Guarulhos airport has been split into two parts, with the first 40% set to cost R716. 6m and be finished by the end of 2013. The remaining works to complete the 230, 000sqm facility should be finished by 2016, giving the airport a new working capacity of 44. 8m passengers per year. In 2010, more than 25m passengers used the heavily overloaded airport. In total, 16 airports across Brazil are receiving upgrades as part of preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, many requiring works of similar dimensions to Guarulhos. Meanwhile, a recent visit to Cape Town by senior federal, state and local government officials from across Brazil has demonstrated a number of areas where international collaboration is considered important in preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As reported on The NewAge news site, a networking event featured the provincial coordinator for Cape Town from South Africa 2010, Dr Laurine Platzky, the City of Cape Towns 2010 director, Dave Hugo, the chief project manager of the Cape Town stadium, Dr Andre Lambrechts, Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du Toit–Helmbold and Nils Flaatten, the chief executive of Wesgro, the Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency. They presented the Brazilians with a range of priority issues, including taking a sustainable development approach to the building of infrastructure, local skills and related entrepreneurial development, as well as ecologically friendly green goal practices. The latter included using renewable energy sources for Cape Town Stadium and Fifa Fan Fest areas, recycling 65% of the waste in the stadium, and transporting 53% of fans with public or non–motorised transport. A further focus was security, with presenters insisting that relationships built during the event between the national, provincial and city authorities, the police, Metro police, traffic services and emergency services created a strong security legacy for the city, as did the additional rescue helicopters, ambulances and emergency personnel that were brought in. About Simon TarmoA journalist from Sydney, Australia, and co–founder of industry journal Australian Sponsorship News, Simon Tarmo now lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Having worked on a range of writing, research and trade projects across a number of industries including sport, entertainment and wine, he is currently focusing on business opportunities involving the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Rio 2016 in Brazil. With fluent Portuguese language skills, he has an extensive network of contacts throughout Brazil and can advise and assist foreign groups doing business in the country. More details http://simontarmo. blogspot. com/ ~ Simon Tarmo+55 31 9196 0069simon@pando. com. auhttp://simontarmo. blogspot. com/

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