Guarulhos nearing saturation point - Iata

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Guarulhos international airport in Brazil's São Paulo state is expected to reach its full capacity in 2018 despite a third terminal (T3) having been built.

That's according to the International Air Transport Association Iata, which was cited by local paper Valor Econômico.

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T3 is already experiencing congestion and the project is an example of a "lost opportunity," Iata said.

The terminal concessionaire does not understand the significance of the hub airport and how important it is to facilitate passenger flight connections, Iata's airport development director, David Stewart, was reported as saying.

He said flight transfer and immigration service areas of the terminal had become bottlenecks.

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This year, the airport is expected to handle in the region of 36.2mn passengers and demand is forecast to increase around 11.4%/y.

As T3 will not be able to absorb this growth for long, the airport could be full within four years, according to Iata.

Iata director Tony Tyler added there was a lack of communication between Brazil's civil aviation agency Anac and the companies involved in airport operations, especially regarding preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Iata director Tony Tyler. CREDIT: Iata