VINCI Concessions’ subsidiary VINCI Airports SAS has secured a 30-year concession contract for seven airports in north Brazil.

According to the company, Manaus (MAO), Porto Velho (PVH), Rio Branco (RBR), Boa Vista (BVB), Cruzeiro do Sul (CZS), Tabatinga (TBT) and Téfé (TFF) airports have handled nearly 4.7 million passengers in 2019.

According to the contract, VINCI Airports will be responsible for ensuring the operations, maintenance and modernisation of terminals and runways, as well as the transformation of these airports into eco-efficient infrastructures.

It includes the installation of a photovoltaic park, waste and water management facilities, the establishment of biodiversity laboratories and carbon sink projects with local non-government organisations (NGOs).

For this, the company will build on the environmental policy deployed successfully at Salvador Bahia airport (SSA) in north-east Brazil since 2018.

Additionally, VINCI Airports will work to support the post-pandemic economic recovery in Brazil by helping to boost passenger traffic and cargo activity in Manaus, which is claimed to be the third-largest cargo airport in Brazil.

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VINCI Airports president and VINCI Concessions CEO Nicolas Notebaert said: “Our roadmap is clear, green airports for green growth. In this remote region where air transport is essential, VINCI Airports will make these airports more resilient and eco-efficient in order to sustain economic recovery in Brazil while preserving the planet. We are eager to start operations together with Brazilian authorities and local communities.”

With the addition of seven airports, VINCI’s global network now extends to 52 platforms across the Portuguese-speaking world, as well as 16 airports in four Latin American countries, namely Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.