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Decision makers realize the urgent need to expand and modernize the country’s airports and are responding accordingly. The government of Brazil has privatized five of the country’s busiest airports since 2012, and plans to privatize three more by 2017. The funds generated by auctioning these airports are being reinvested in the modernization of regional airports. Both the privatization and investment in regional airports is creating significant opportunities for U.S. airport suppliers of services and equipment.  Even with a sluggish economy, the growth in Brazil’s airports is remarkable.


The Brazilian Civil Aviation Secretariat (SAC) predicts that the domestic segment needs to triple in size within the next 20 years; however investments made by Infraero, the federal agency in charge of airport operations, have not matched the ever-increasing number of passengers. Major airports in Brazil have reached critical utilization levels, and it is clear that large amounts of capital must be invested quickly in order to ease the burden of running over capacity and allow the segment to grow with demand.

With five important airports privatized and master-planning currently underway, the airport industry is potentially lucrative for U.S. suppliers of a wide range of airport-related technologies and services. Additional rounds of PPPs in the airport sector should be expected this year and beyond.

For further information and best prospects on this sector, please refer to our 2016 “Country Commercial Guide” on https://www.export.gov/apex/article2?id=Brazil-Airports

For additional information on the airport sector, please contact:

Genard Burity, Commercial Specialist
U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro
Genard.Burity@trade.gov

+55 21 3823-2401


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