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May 19, 2016

Tom Jobim International Airport opens new South pier

Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has unveiled a new pier and enhanced services worth S$783m ($219.1m).

By Lopamudra Roy

Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has unveiled a new pier and enhanced services worth S$783m ($219.1m).

Built in less than two years, the new South pier has added an extra 100,000m² to its total area.

The pier features 26 new aerobridges, and is expected to add more than 100 new retail stores over a 24,000m² area by August.

"The revamped airport is the result of a commitment that we made in 2014 to the city and our passengers, and a concerted effort by the community."

Since August 2014, Tom Jobim International Airport has been managed by RIOgaleao, a consortium comprising Changi Airports International (CAI), Infraero and Odebrecht TransPort.

From next month, the airport will also provide bar-coded boarding pass (BCBP) technology for enhanced security.

The passengers will be able to access the BCBP technology on their mobile devices.

Electronic gates will also be installed next month in a bid to automate the passport clearance process for the citizens of Brazil aged 18 years and above.

The airport will also feature a new operation control centre equipped with latest airport management technologies.

RIOgaleao president Luiz Rocha was quoted by The Business Times as saying: "Delivered in record time, the revamped airport is the result of a commitment that we made in 2014 to the city and our passengers, and a concerted effort by the community.

"At the peak of the works, the consortium generated up to 7,000 jobs.

"We worked tirelessly to ensure that what we have today is a world-class airport that is ready to receive the 1.5 million visitors we are expecting at the Olympic Games."

The consortium intends to make further investments worth $800m to deliver new infrastructure and upgraded services by 2039.

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