Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) has awarded VINCI Airports a 30-year concession for seven airports in Brazil, including Manaus Airport (pictured).
Collectively, the seven hubs, in Brazil’s north region welcomed almost 4.7 million passengers in 2019, including 3 million at Manaus and include Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Boa Vista, Cruzeiro do Sul, Tabatinga and Tefe airports. They are essential for opening up a vast region of 3.8 million km2.
In addition to ensuring the operations, maintenance and modernisation of terminals and runways, VINCI Airports will also transform these airports into environmentally-friendly infrastructures by implementing a net-zero emissions goal; introducing photovoltaic farms, waste and water management, the establishment of biodiversity laboratories and carbon sinks projects with local non-governmental organisations.
The addition of these seven airports to its portfolio builds on the successful environmental policy VINCI has been implementing since 2018 at Salvador Bahia Airport in northeast Brazil.
“Our roadmap is clear: green airports for green growth,” said Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Conccessions and President of VINCI Airports. “In this remote region where air transport is essential, VINCI Airports will make these airports 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.”
VINCI Airports’s global network now extends to 52 platforms and the new concessions strengthen its presence in lusophone countries and Latin America, where it will now manage a total of 16 airports in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and the Domincan Republic.