Brazil has finally managed to license its main airports (like São Paulo, Brasília and Rio, among others) to private operators. Part of the resources that the Government will receive from private operators will be invested in regional airports. Announced in late 2013 and reviewed this year, a new initiative aims at improving the infrastructure and developing the ‘regional aviation’ market in the Country.

270 airports were initially selected to receive investments under Brazil’s Regional Aviation Plan, with a budget of R$ 7.3 bi. It’s worth of noting that some of the most developed, affluent and fastest growing cities in Brazil’s are not the state capitals, but mid and small cities. Most of them are included in the Program or are located near to one of the airpots to be refurbished/expanded.

A key issue for regional airports is that, in many cases, capabilities for contemporary airport planning and operations are in short supply at state and municipal authorities.

The opportunities:

  • To commercialize services and technologies to regional airports operators;
  • To provide consultancy and training services to regional airports authorities & operators;
  • To partner (JV) with state and municipal authorities;
  • To startup new regional airlines in Brazil.