Congonhas will receive R$2 billion in investments; see the changes that will be announced this Monday

Congonhas will receive R$2 billion in investments; see the changes that will be announced this Monday
Congonhas will receive R$2 billion in investments; see the changes that will be announced this Monday

Aena, the Spanish concessionaire that manages the Congonhas Airport, will announce this Monday, 25th, an investment of R$2 billion to increase capacity. With this, the expectation is that Congonhas will increase the flow of passengers by a third, from the current 22 million per year to 29.5 million in 2028, and will be able to receive more aircraft, including larger ones capable of operating on international routes.

The number of positions for aircraft is expected to increase from 30 to 37. The investment will be made by the concessionaire as part of the obligations signed in the contract that began in October last year and lasts for 30 years. According to the Minister of Ports and Airports, Silvio Costa Filhothe government requested that the company, which operates 16 other airports in the country, give priority to the São Paulo terminal.

“We requested that Aena give priority to Congonhas”, said the minister to the Estadão. “We have been working with the concessionaires, with a view to growth in 2023 and the prospects for the future, especially in São Paulo, for companies to accelerate their investment plans.”

The increase in the number of flights and routes, however, is still under evaluation, according to the minister, based on a study being carried out by the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) on supply and demand at airports in São Paulo and in the river.

Movement of cars in the arrival and departure area at Congonhas airport, in the south of São Paulo Photograph: Taba Benedicto / ESTADÃO

“In principle, we are not working to expand the international route. We first want to qualify internal transport and we are designing a study with Anac with the international air network of the State of São Paulo, which passes through Congonhas, but also through Viracopos, Guarulhos and Rio. Let’s do it in a coordinated way”, he stated.

The dispute for passengers between airports caused changes to flights to Santos Dumont, with the withdrawal of domestic flights from the Rio terminal to Galeão. With this, according to Costa Filho, the expectation is that Rio de Janeiro’s international airport, managed by Changi, from Singapore, will increase the flow from the current 7.7 million to 14 million passengers per year.

In Congonhas, the government states that, after expanding the passenger terminal, the expectation is that Aena will make investments in the second runway and increase the distance between them, as Anac has been requesting.

“We worked for Aena to requalify the second runway, expanding it. This is in the project and this will further enhance the size and movement of the airport”, said Costa Filho. “Anac is asking us to modernize in relation to international standards”.

Silvio Costa Filho, Minister of Ports and Airports, at a meeting of the Superior Infrastructure Council Photograph: Vosmar Rosa/MPA

This will allow larger aircraft, such as the Airbus 321, operated by Latam and Azul, to land in Congonhas. They are slightly larger than the A-320 (they are seven meters longer) and increase passenger capacity from 180 per flight to around 220 passengers. However, they are single-aisle aircraft and smaller than the large twin-aisle planes that fly on long international routes.

Costa Filho states that the government will try to mitigate the effects of the works on flights to the airport. “We agreed with the concessionaire to carry out work at night to reduce operating losses as much as possible,” he said.

He also said that the changes should not interfere with the obligations signed with the City of São Paulo, which limited opening hours and the number of flights.

The government will still have to resolve how executive plane traffic will be in Congonhas. Currently, there are eight flights per hour and the concession contract provides for fewer flights, five per hour. Aena is interested in maintaining or increasing the flow, despite it not being included in the contract and, therefore, needs government authorization to do so.

The project that the company will present this Monday foresees the construction of a new boarding terminal. The current one will only be used for disembarking, preserving the listed part of the building. Thus, the passenger area should double in size.

The concessionaire plans to increase the number of boarding bridges from 12 to 19 and the number of points for remote boarding (by bus) from eight to ten, in addition to more conveyors for baggage and check-in counters.

In the short term, Aena is committed to solving traffic problems around the terminal, with the creation of a pocket for application cars, renovations of bathrooms and the facade, in addition to the expansion of x-rays. In the future, the idea is that there will be a connection from the airport to the future Gold line of the metro.

The largest airports in the country by passenger flow in 2023

1st – Guarulhos: 40.455 million

2nd – Congonhas: 21.863 million

3rd – Brasília: 14.525 million

4th – Viracopos/Campinas: 11.938 million

5th – Santos Dumont: 11.197 million

Source: Anac

The article is in Portuguese

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