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Local real estate developer JHSF Incorporações has received the final permit to begin construction of the 1.2bn-real (US$518mn) Catarina airport for exclusive business travel use in southeastern Brazil's São Paulo state, according to a company press release.
The installation permit, issued by environmental regulator Cetesb, allows JHSF to begin earthmoving and the first phase of construction. The company may also now proceed with the financial strategy for the project with other investors, the release said.
The first phase will include runway, hangar, patio and air traffic control tower construction on a 2mn square meter lot 45km west of São Paulo in the city of São Roque. The airport is expected to open in the second half of 2015.
With capacity for 200,000 take-off and landings per year, the airport's main runway will be able to handle large scale executive jets, civil aviation department SAC said in a previous release.
Catarina is one of two exclusive business travel airports planned for São Paulo state. The other, located in the state capital's Parelheiros neighborhood, is budgeted at 1bn reais.
With a population of some 13.4mn, São Paulo is the largest city in South America.