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NACO to help plan Viracopos International Airport future

NACO Netherlands Airport Consultants is to help plan the future of Brazil's Viracopos International Airport.

NACO Netherlands Airport Consultants is to help plan the future of Brazil's Viracopos International Airport.

The Dutch firm, a member of the DHV Group, is acting as advisor to the consortium that recently won the bid to operate and develop the gateway for the next 30 years.

The consortium which includes UTC/Constran (contractor), Triunfo Participacoes (investor) and France's Egis Avia (operator), won the concession with a bid of $2.2 billion.


Viracopos Airport currently processes more than 5mppa annually and its traffic is expected to grow to 15mppa annually within the next 10 years ensuring that the existing terminal building needs to be modernised and expanded.

Ben Hasselman, project director of the NACO team: “Our role was to optimise the bid and development opportunities for this airport. Since our consortium has produced the winning bid, NACO will be associated for the coming years with airport planning at Viracopos Airport.

"We will be especially busy at the airport over the next five years. NACO worked very constructively with UTC/Constran and our Brazilian partner Aeroservice and we look forward to future co-operation."    

Infraero, the state-owned firm that currently operates most airports in Brazil, will maintain a 49% stake in Viracopos and hold the veto right on strategic decisions in the joint-ventures.


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