VINCI awarded 30-year concession for seven Brazilian airports

The company hopes to implement environmental infrastructures at the hubs, with a focus on post-pandemic recovery

VINCI Airports has been awarded a 30-year concession for seven airports in the northern region of Brazil including Manaus, Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Boa Vista, Cruzeiro do Sul, Tabatinga and Tefe.

These facilities – which are a gateway to the Amazon region and neighbouring Brazilian states – welcomed 4.7 million passengers collectively in 2019.

VINCI also plans on transforming these sites into eco-efficient hubs. The airport operator has plans to reach net-zero emissions, set up photovoltaic farms, focus on waste and water management, establish biodiversity laboratories and create carbon sink projects with local NGOs.

Manaus Airport
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To reach these goals, the firm expects to build upon the environmental policy implemented at Salvador Bahia Airport in 2018.

The company also intends to help Brazil’s post-pandemic economic recovery by developing passenger traffic and cargo activity at Manaus – the third largest cargo airport in the country.

Manaus also plays a key role in the country’s economic recovery, especially with its constantly expanding growth in the electronics industry.

Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and president of VINCI Airports, said: “Our roadmap is clear: green airports for green growth. In this remote region where air transport is essential, we will make these facilities more resilient, and eco-efficient, in order to sustain economic recovery in Brazil, while preserving the planet. We are eager to start operations, together with Brazilian authorities and local communities.”

With a global network that has been extended to 52 platforms, VINCI Airports has further strengthened its presence in Lusophone countries and Latin America. The company will manage a total of 16 airports in areas across Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.