Brazil’s state airport operator Infraero is behind schedule on work at seven airports in cities that will host World Cup soccer matches next year, newspaper O Globo reported, citing a survey conducted by the company.
Infraero has made its greatest progress in expanding Rio de Janeiro’s Galeao airport, with about 35 percent of the work at each of its two terminals completed, according to the newspaper. Work is 20 percent done at Salvador’s airport and 6 percent in Curitiba, the newspaper reported. Refurbishments have yet to begin at Porto Alegre, Globo said.
Airport capacity in Latin America’s largest nation will be tested next year by those attending the world’s most-watched sporting event, and again two years later when Rio de Janeiro hosts the Summer Olympics.
As part of her plan to modernize transportation in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff’s government sold concessions last year to private companies to expand, maintain and operate three airports. Two more auctions, including Galeao’s, are set for this year.
Infraero’s press department declined to immediately comment on the specifics of the Globo article. The department did say work will be completed in time for the World Cup, and airports in Porto Alegre and Salvador already have capacity to accommodate expected demand during the monthlong event.
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