Brazil’s national civil aviation agency ANAC is to hold a series of public hearings in September in a bid to attract private investors interested in building and operating a new airport in Rio Grande do Norte province.
Construction of São Gonçalo do Amarante–Natal International Airport began in 2004, but the project has stalled during the economic downturn and the government is now anxious to appoint a concessionaire to finish the job.
In return for a 25-year operating contract, the concessionaire will be expected to invest over $370 million on completing the gateway’s construction over the next three years in readiness for a 2013 opening.
Issues to be discussed at the hearings will include whether the tender will be national or international, whether consortiums and subcontractors will be allowed and the type of companies permitted to participate.
Located 11 kilometres from the city of Natal, the Brazilian government wants São Gonçalo de Amarante to be equipped to handle 5mppa and boast one of the largest terminals and longest runways in Latin America.