|Founded||31 May 1973|
|Rogério Barzellay (CEO)|
|Revenue||US$ 2.0 billion (2012)|
|US$ 52.5 million (2012)|
Empresa Brasileira de Infraestrutura Aeroportuária (abr. Infraero) is a Brazilian government corporation founded in 1973, authorized by Law 5,862, being responsible for operating the main Brazilian commercial airports. In 2011 Infraero's airports carried 179,482,228 passengers, 1,464,484 tons of cargo, and operated 2,893,631 take-offs and landings. Presently it manages 45 airports.
The company is present all over Brazil and employs approximately 23,000 employees and subcontracted workers nationwide. It is headquartered in the Infraero Building, in Brasília, Federal District.
The company implements a workplan which covers practically all airports managed by it and which generates over 50 thousand jobs all over Brazil. The Brazilian airport infrastructure, which may match to the international standards, is being updated to meet the next years demand.
The works are performed with the company's own revenue, mainly generated by the air cargo storage and custom duty, granting of commercial areas in the airports, boarding, landing and stay tariffs, and rendering of communication and air navigation auxiliary services.
On 9 October 2009, it was announced that Infraero will invest in airports abroad: Infraero was invited by the Government of Paraguay to administer Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asunción and invited to participate in the privatization of Ruzyně Airport in Prague, Czech Republic, among other investments.
On March 4, 2010, the government of Brazil announced that it would adopt the model of concession to airports. For this reason Infraero would become a concessionary rather than an administrator of the airports that it currently operates. The main consequence is the fact that Infraero will be able to open its capital and obtain resources necessary for infra-structure investments. Another consequence is that municipal or state governments would have it easier to change concessionaries, such as the intention announced on 28 August 2009 by Rosinha Matheus, the Mayor of Campos dos Goytacazes, who requested Infraero the transfer of the administration of Bartolomeu Lysandro Airport to the Municipality. The Minister of Defense, to whom Infraero was subordinate (currently it belongs to Civil Aviation Secretary), announced being in favor of the transfer.
Responding to critiques to the situation of its airports, and in preparation to the several rounds of concession biddings, on May 18, 2011, Infraero released a list evaluating some of its most important airports according to its saturation levels.
On 31 August 2009 Infraero unveiled an ambitious BRL5.3 billion (US$2.8 billion; EUR2.0 billion) investment plan to upgrade airports of ten cities focusing mainly the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which was held in Brazil, and for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which was held in Rio de Janeiro. Of the twelve cities that held venues, ten received major investments. Natal – Augusto Severo International Airport and Salvador – Dep. Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport were excluded because their upgrade works were completed.
The investments were distributed as follows (in BRL million):
- Pampulha/Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport
- New control tower. Value 5.6. Completion: originally November 2010; postponed to the end of 2012
- Upgrade of general aviation hangars. Value 1.2. Completion: July 2013.
- Enlargement of the apron. Value 1.6. Completion: July 2013.
- Tancredo Neves International Airport (Confins)
- Extension of runway, enlargement of apron and cargo terminal, construction of further taxiways. Value 120.0. Completion: July 2013.
- Renovation of the passenger terminal. Value 215.5. Completion: March 2014.
- Enlargement of apron and taxiways. Value 34.5. Completion: April 2011.
- Renovation of the existing passenger terminal. Value 22.5. Completion: November 2011.
- Enlargement of the passenger terminal. Value 439.0. Completion: April 2013.
- Parking. Value 18.8. Completion: April 2014
- Construction of the second runway. Value 314.0. Completion: April 2013.
- Construction of phase 1 of a new passenger terminal. Value 2,500.0. Completion: May 2015.
- Renovation of passenger terminal, parking and access to the airport. Value 30.9. Completion: October 2012.
- Enlargement of the apron and implementation of taxiways. Value 30.0. Completion: March 2011.
- Renovation and enlargement of passenger terminal, apron, and parking. Value 525.0. Completion: November 2013.
- Enlargement of apron and existing runway. Construction of second runway. Value 600.0. Completion: July 2013.
- Enlargement and renovation of the passenger terminal. Value 193.5. Completion: December 2013.
- Extension of the runway. Value 122.0. Never completed.
- Galeão/Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
- Renovation of passenger terminal 1. Value 314.9. Completion: February 2011.
- Completion and renovation of passenger terminal 2. Value 284.0. Completion: May 2012.
- Construction of further parking. Value 220.0. Completion: May 2013.
- Santos Dumont Airport
- Completion of the renovation of the passenger arrivals terminal. Value 152.2. Completion: November 2011.
- Congonhas Airport
- Renovation of the apron. Value 20.6. Completion: January 2012.
- Conclusion of the renovation on the south portion of the passenger terminal. Value 67.1. Completion: October 2012.
- Renovation of the north portion of the passenger terminal. Value 65.1. Completion: October 2014.
- Guarulhos/Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport
- Construction of further taxiways. Value 19.0. Completion: April 2011 (work not yet completed in August 2011).
- Enlargement of apron and taxiways. Value 370.5. Completion: July 2011 (work not yet completed in August 2011).
- Construction of the passenger terminal 3. Value 1,100.0. Completion: March 2014.
- Enlargement of Parking. Value 6.8. Completed on July 26, 2010
- Conclusion of the passenger terminal renovation with installation of further 8 jetways. Value: 8.75. Completed on July 1, 2011
- New control tower. Value 11.9. Completed on May 8, 2013
On April 26, 2011, it was confirmed that in order to speed-up much needed renovation and up-grade works, private companies would be granted a concession to commercially exploit some Infraero airports in exchange for the implementation of those works. Listed airports included São Paulo/Guarulhos – Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport, Brasília – Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport, Campinas – Viracopos International Airport, and later Belo Horizonte – Tancredo Neves International Airport and Rio de Janeiro – Galeão/Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. The plan was confirmed on May 31, 2011, and it was added that Infraero would retain 49% of the shares of each privatized airport. However, starting in the fourth phase (2017), this obligation ceased to exist.
The concession program was divided into phases, each with its own public bidding.
The first phase was related to Natal–Gov. Aluízio Alves International Airport. In 1998 Infraero started the planning and construction of the airport. In 2011 the concession of the unfinished facility was auctioned and the winner would have to finish its construction, including the terminal building and control tower. On August 22, 2011, the concession of the airport was won by the Consortium Inframérica, formed by the Brazilian Engineering Group Engevix (50%) and the Argentinean Group Corporación América (50%), which operates 52 airports in seven countries. The concession was for 25 years (with one possible five-year extension) and as part of the agreement Infraero held no shares participation.
The second phase was related to the auction that took place on February 6, 2012. The result was:
- Consortium Inframérica composed by the Brazilian Engineering Group Engevix (50%) and the Argentinean Group Corporación América (50%) won the concession of Brasília–Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport, which will be explored for a period of 25 years;
- Consortium Aeroportos Brasil composed by the Brazilian Investments and Funds Society Triunfo (45%), UTC Engineering and Investments Society (45%), and the French airport operator Egis Avia (10%) won the concession of Campinas–Viracopos International Airport, to be explored for 30 years;
- Consortium Invepar–ACSA, also known as GRU Airport, composed by the Brazilian Investments and Funds Society Invepar (90%) and the South African airport operator ACSA (10%) won the concession of São Paulo/Guarulhos–Gov. André Franco Montoro International Airport and was authorized to explore the facility for 20 years.
The third phase took place on November 22, 2013, when the Brazilian Government had a bidding process for:
- the operation of Belo Horizonte/Confins–Tancredo Neves International Airport with rights from 2014 until 2044. The group Aerobrasil, also known as BH Airport, formed by the Brazilian transportation company CCR (75%) and by the Swiss operator Flughafen Zürich AG (25%) won the bid;
- the operation of Rio de Janeiro/Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport from 2014 until 2039. It was won by the Group Aeroporto Rio de Janeiro, also known as RIOgaleão, formed by the Brazilian Conglomerate Odebrecht (60%) and the Singaporean operator Changi Airport Group (40%).
The fourth phase took place on March 16, 2017, and the result was:
- Fortaleza–Pinto Martins International Airport and Porto Alegre–Salgado Filho International Airport were won by the German airport operator Fraport. The concession for Porto Alegre is for 25 years and Fortaleza for 30 years;
- Florianópolis–Hercílio Luz International Airport was won by the Swiss airport operator Flughafen Zürich AG for 30 years;
- Salvador da Bahia–Dep. Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport was won by the French airport operator Vinci SA for 30 years.
The fifth phase, done in blocks valid for 30 years, took place on March 15, 2019, and the result was:
- Cuiabá–Mal. Rondon International Airport, Alta Floresta Airport, Rondonópolis Airport, and Sinop Airport, were won by the Consortium Aeroeste, formed by the Brazilian airport operators Socicam and Sinart. Alta Floresta, Rondonópolis, and Sinop were not previous Infraero facilities but were included in the auction;
- Recife/Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport, Aracaju–Santa Maria Airport, Campina Grande–Pres. João Suassuna Airport, João Pessoa–Pres. Castro Pinto International Airport, Juazeiro do Norte–Orlando Bezerra de Menezes Airport, and Maceió–Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport and were won by the Spanish airport operator AENA;
- Vitória–Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport and Macaé–Benedito Lacerda Airporta were won by the Swiss airport operator Flughafen Zürich AG.
a: The name was changed to Macaé–Joaquim de Azevedo Mancebo Airport in 2022.
The sixth phase, done in blocks valid for 30 years, took place on April 7, 2021, and the result was:
- Curitiba–Afonso Pena International Airport, Bagé–Comte. Gustavo Kraemer International Airport, Curitiba–Bacacheri Airport, Foz do Iguaçu–Cataratas International Airport, Joinville–Lauro Carneiro de Loyola Airport, Londrina–Gov. José Richa Airport, Navegantes–Min. Victor Konder International Airport, Pelotas–João Simões Lopes Neto International Airport, and Uruguaiana–Ruben Berta International Airport were won by the Brazilian transportation company CCR;
- Goiânia–Santa Genoveva International Airport, Imperatriz–Pref. Renato Moreira Airport, Palmas–Brig. Lysias Rodrigues Airport, Petrolina–Sen. Nilo Coelho Airport, São Luís–Mal. Cunha Machado International Airport, and Teresina–Sen. Petrônio Portella Airport were won by the Brazilian transportation company CCR;
- Manaus–Brig. Eduardo Gomes International Airport, Boa Vista−Atlas Brasil Cantanhede International Airport, Cruzeiro do Sul International Airport, Porto Velho–Gov. Jorge Teixeira de Oliveira International Airport, Rio Branco–Plácido de Castro International Airport, Tabatinga International Airport, and Tefé–Pref. Orlando Marinho Airport and were won by the French airport operator Vinci SA.
The seventh phase, done in blocks valid for 30 years, took place on August 18, 2022, and the result was:
- Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport and Macapá International Airport were won by the Brazilian consortium Novo Norte, formed by the Brazilian airport operators Socicam and Dix Aeroportos;
- Rio de Janeiro/Jacarepaguá–Roberto Marinho Airport and São Paulo–Campo de Marte Airport were won by the Brazilian investment company XP Inc.;
- São Paulo/Congonhas–Dep. Freitas Nobre Airport, Altamira Airport, Campo Grande International Airport, Carajás Airport, Corumbá International Airport, Marabá–João Correa da Rocha Airport, Montes Claros–Mário Ribeiro Airport, Ponta Porã International Airport, Santarém–Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport, Uberaba–Mário de Almeida Franco Airport, Uberlândia–Ten. Cel. Av. César Bombonato Airport, were won by the Spanish operator AENA.
On June 17, 2020, the Federal Government signed and agreement to transfer the administration of Belo Horizonte/Pampulha–Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport from Infraero to the State of Minas Gerais.
On December 2, 2020, the Federal Government signed and agreement to transfer the administration of São José dos Campos–Prof. Urbano Ernesto Stumpf Airport to the Municipality of São José dos Campos.
On July 17, 2020, the Federal Government authorized the beginning of a new concession process for Viracopos International Airport in Campinas upon request from the present concessionary Consortium Aeroportos Brasil.
In February 2022, it was announced that the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil would start a new concession process for Rio de Janeiro – Galeão/Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, at the request of the concessionary. The facility would be re-auctioned together with Santos Dumont Airport.
List of airports managed by Infraero
The following airports are managed by Infraero in 2023:
|Rio de Janeiro||Santos Dumont Airport||1986|||
As partner concessionary
The following airports are administrated in partnership with other concessionaries. Infraero retains 49% of the shares:
|Belo Horizonte||Confins–Tancredo Neves International Airport||2014||BH Airport|||
|Brasília||Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport||2012||Inframérica|||
|Campinas||Viracopos International Airport||2012||Aeroportos Brasil|||
|Rio de Janeiro||Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport||2014||RIOgaleão|||
|São Paulo||Guarulhos–Gov. André Franco Montoro International Airport||2012||GRU Airport|||
The following airports are managed by Infraero by contract:
|Brasília||Planalto Central Aerodrome||2019–2022||A new contract was signed with Infracea|||
|Correia Pinto||Planalto Serrano Regional Airport||2018–2020||A new contract was signed with Infracea|||
|Criciúma / Forquilhinha||Diomício Freitas Airport||2006–2016||A new contract was signed with RDL Aeroportos|||
|Parnaíba||Pref. Dr. João Silva Filho International Airport||2004–2021||A new contract was signed with SBPB|||
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