Infraero is set to double the size of the passenger terminal and build a new runway at Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes Airport in Manaus as part of Brazil’s attempt to upgrade its airport infrastructure ahead of hosting the 2014 football World Cup.
According to press reports in Brazil, state-owned Infraero will launch a tender for the $200 million project at the end of May in a bid to ensure that the work is completed by late 2013.
Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes Airport’s existing passenger terminal is 43,600sqm and airport operator, Infraero, wants an 80,000sqm in place by the time of the World Cup to allow the gateway to handle the anticipated increase in traffic.
The project, one of a dozen airport upgrade projects planned by the Brazilian government in the build up to the World Cup, will create an 8-gate terminal that allows arriving and departing passengers to be handled on separate levels.
The airport's road network, parking garage and landscape will also be upgraded as part of the development programme.
Located in Amazonas state capital Manaus, the airport is already one of the busiest gateways in Brazil handling 2.7 million passengers in 2010.
Other airports set to be modernised or expanded before 2014 include São Paulo Airport–Guarulhos, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão and Brasília–Juscelino Kubitschek.