French airport operator VINCI Airports has completed the work to extend and upgrade Salvador International Airport in Bahia, Brazil.

VINCI Airports began operating the airport under a 30-year concession agreement signed with Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) in July 2017.

Located 24km away from the city of Salvador, Bahia, the airport handled around 7.7 million passengers in 2017, making it the tenth busiest airport in the country.

The concession covers the operation, maintenance, redevelopment and expansion of the airport.

The work included the expansion of the passenger terminal, as well as the construction of a new jetty with six boarding gates. These upgrades are expected to boost the airport’s passenger handling capacity to 15 million from ten million annually.

In addition, the project included runway renovation, the construction of new airline ticket counters and the rearrangement of check-in counters.

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A new baggage handling system and client services, including free Wi-Fi, were also installed.

For environmental sustainability, VINCI installed a solar farm, a waste sorting centre and a wastewater treatment plant.

The work entailed an investment of €160m and was completed in 18 months. In July, VINCI stated that up to 85% of the work was completed.

VINCI Airports president and VINCI Concessions CEO Nicolas Notebaert said: “These modernisation works have expanded the airport’s potential and made the airport into an efficient and friendly gateway to the Bahia region.

“The particularly ambitious environmental aspects of this project are a benchmark in sustainable infrastructure transition. We commend the exemplary engagement of the airport teams and are delighted to celebrate this major milestone with them.”