Brazil's national airport authority Infraero has launched a tender to develop an executive project and carry out civil works to expand Ceará state's Fortaleza international airport, the authority said in a release.
Work will include updating and expanding the passenger terminal and apron as well as improving the area's road system. Bids will be opened on January 24.
According to the release, the investment amount will be specified once proposals have been submitted; however, investment was estimated at 350mn reais (US$189mn) in July when the project's environmental permit was granted by state environmental authority Semace, BNamericas reported at the time.
The project will be carried out in two stages. Stage I, scheduled for completion by end-2013, aims to increase annual passenger capacity to 9mn from 6.2mn. Stage II, due to wrap up in 2016, will boost capacity to 14.2mn/y.
The updated facility will help the region prepare for the influx of tourists expected during the 2014 World Cup, for which Fortaleza is a host city.
Fortaleza international airport, also known as Pinto Martins, handled 5.07mn passengers and 62,600t of cargo in 2010.