Brazil faces hurdle in airport privatization plan, says minister

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Although regional airport concession tenders are planned in Brazil this year, obtaining environmental permits is an obstacle to getting things off the ground, civil aviation minister Eliseu Padilha was reported as saying by government news service Agência Brasil.

"As determined by President Dilma Rousseff, we have been discussing the topic at length with environment minister Izabella Teixeira," Padilha was quoted as saying in the report.

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Measures are being taken to reduce the time to acquire permits and the minister is hoping to launch tenders for at least nine airports by the end of this year.

REGIONAL AIRPORTS PLAN

Brazil's regional airport plan involves building or remodeling a total of 270 regional airports throughout the country. Approximately 83% of the airports are already operating in one way or another, but do not have the high standards expected at an international level, according to Padilha.

As for the upcoming concessions, studies to offer nine airport concessions to the private sector are being carried out by the civil aviation department SAC and the planning ministry. Once completed, proposals will be forwarded to President Rousseff for review and thereafter, then preparations will take place to launch the tenders.

Civil aviation minister Eliseu Padilha (CREDIT: Agência Brasil)