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The new airport, to be some 50km north of the state capital and near the town of Portão, was authorized due to congestion at Porto Alegre's Salgado Filho airport, according to a federal government release.
It will be built on a 21km2 plot, approximately five times larger than Salgado Filho.
To kick off the process, economic, financial, technical and environmental feasibility studies are needed to prepare a basic engineering plan. The state government intends to contract a consultancy company by December, the release said.
A concession awarded to the private sector is the best way to build the airport, according to SAC.
The airport, to be called 20 de Setembro, will have two 3,200m by 45m runways, an international cargo terminal and an international passenger terminal with capacity for 40mn passengers a year. Construction is expected to take 5-8 years, according to plans seen by BNamericas last year.