Nicolas Notebaert: “Vinci Airports will make these airports more resilient and eco-efficient, in order to sustain economic recovery in Brazil, while preserving the planet”

BRAZIL. Vinci Airports has won the auction for a 30-year contract to manage seven northern Brazilian airports. The largest is Manaus Airport, and the package also includes Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Boa Vista, Cruzeiro do Sul, Tabatinga and Téfé airports.

The company captured the concession after the latest airports tender called by Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC).

Gateway to the Amazon region and neighbouring Brazilian states, these airports welcomed a combined 4.7 million passengers in 2019, with Manaus serving 3 million. Of the latter, the airport company said: “Pillar of the economic and community development of the Amazon region, Manaus plays a key role in the country’s economy, in particular for the high growth electronics industry.”

Vinci Airports said that in addition to ensuring the operations, maintenance and modernisation of terminals and runways, it would “transform these airports into eco-efficient infrastructures”.

It said measures include a net-zero emissions goal, set-up of photovoltaic farms, waste and water management, establishment of biodiversity laboratories and carbon sink projects with local NGOs.

Vinci Airports said it aimed to build on the environmental policy it has been implementing since 2018 at Salvador Bahia Airport in northeast Brazil.

Vinci Airports’ network in the region includes 16 airports in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

“Our roadmap is clear: green airports for green growth. 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,” said Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of Vinci Concessions and President of Vinci Airports.

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