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Expansion works to start on two Latin American airports

Peru’s Jorge Chávez International Airport and Brazil’s Fortaleza International Airport are both set for expansion over the next couple of years, it has been revealed.

Peru’s Jorge Chávez International Airport and Brazil’s Fortaleza International Airport are both set for expansion over the next couple of years, it has been revealed.


Expansion work at Jorge Chávez Airport will begin by the beginning of next year, while the first stage of Fortaleza Airport’s project should be completed by the end of 2013.


Lima Airport Partners (LAP) has been awarded the concession to carry out the project in Peru, which will see the construction of a second passenger terminal and a new landing strip at Jorge Chávez Airport.


Under the concession contract, the Peruvian government has until 2013 to transfer all of the land to be used for the expansion to LAP.


Around 97% of the land for the project has already been expropriated, at a cost of $584 million.


Furthermore, total investment in the airport expansion is expected to be more than $1 billion, according to Peru’s ministry of transport.


Elsewhere, Brazil’s national airport authority Infraero has been given the go-ahead to start the $224 million expansion of Fortaleza’s international airport.


The project will include updating and expanding the existing passenger terminal and apron as well as improving the area's road system.


The first stage of the process –which is expected to increase capacity from 6.2 million to 9 million – is due to be finished by the end of 2013. The second phase, due to be finished in 2016, is expected to expand capacity at the gateway to 14mppa.


It is hoped that the expansion will help the region prepare for the influx of tourists expected during the 2014 World Cup, for which Fortaleza is a host city.

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