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Civil aviation authority SAC has developed a plan for the concession and a tender is being studied, according to a federal government release.
Currently, Salgado Filho is operating at 91% of its terminal capacity and the number of passengers is expected to rise. The airport, however, does not have good prospects for expansion, aviation minister Moreira Franco said in the release.
"We are studying the possibility of a concession tender for Salgado Filho airport that also calls for building the new airport," said Franco, explaining that the new airport will handle both passengers and cargo.
To boost competitiveness, the federal government is also looking at having the two airports managed by two separate companies, the release said.
To partner with the state, the federal government is waiting for Rio Grande do Sul's incoming governor José Ivo Sartori of the PSDB opposition party to be sworn in on January 1.