Vinci Airports has been handed over the operation of Manaus International Airport (MAO) in Brazil, marking the second addition to its Brazilian portfolio following Salvador Bahia.

In April last year, Brazilian civil aviation awarded a 30-year concession contract to Vinci Airports in this regard.

A ‘smooth’ transition is said to have been facilitated through support from Infraero, which is in charge of running the main commercial airports in Brazil.

Next month, six other airports in the region, namely Porto Velho (PVH), Rio Branco (RBR), Boa Vista (BVB), Cruzeiro do Sul (CZS), Tabatinga (TBT) and Tefé (TFF), will join the Vinci Airports network.

In 2019, all these seven airports handled 4.7 million travellers.

Vinci Airports will now develop cargo-related activities at Manaus Airport, which is Brazil’s third cargo airport offering support for the Amazon’s economic and social development.

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The airport operator will launch its environmental action plan in the Amazon.

To minimise the airports’ carbon emissions, it will establish a solar farm and enhance water and waste management.

Vinci Airports will also introduce a forest carbon sink programme to cut down the remaining carbon discharges at these airports.  

Vinci Concessions CEO and Vinci Airports president Nicolas Notebaert said: “Vinci Airports is proud to be the new operator of Manaus airport and six other new airports in the northern block. In this region of Brazil, largely made up of forests and rivers, air transport is essential for the mobility of people and the supply chain.

“We will mobilise our expertise from an operational and environmental standpoint, with a view to sustainable development. We are renewing our partnership with Brazil to make this concession a new success, building on the very positive results we have obtained in Salvador de Bahia.”

Following the integration of Manaus Airport and the six other airports in the region, Vinci Airports will manage 53 airports globally, including eight Brazilian airports.

Earlier, Vinci Airports took over the operations of Annecy Mont Blanc Airport (NCY) in France on 1 January.