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Brazil Denies Plan to Partly Shut Galeao for Rio+20, Folha Says

May 27, 2012

Brazil’s chief of staff Gleisi Hoffmann said there are no plans to partially suspend operations at Galeao airport in Rio de Janeiro during the Rio+20 conference, Folha de Sao Paulo reported.

Hoffmann said the government is considering rescheduling some of the commercial flights on June 22, when most of the heads of state attending the meeting plan to leave, the Sao Paulo-based newspaper reported.

The conference commemorating the landmark 1992 UN environmental summit, which also took place in Rio, is scheduled for June 20 to June 22.

Folha reported yesterday, without saying where it obtained the information, that the government was planning to close the airport for part of a day during the summit in a move that might force companies to cancel about 100 flights.

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