Airport auctions yield USD 621 mn for Brazilian government

Twelve terminals were auctioned divided in three blocks in Northeast, Southeast and Central-West Brazil. Foreigners bought two lots.

Agência Brasil

Brasília – Privatization auctions for 12 airports in Brazil, held this Friday (15) at the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BOVESPA), surpassed the grant determined by the government of BRL 2.1 billion (USD 548 million). Overall, bids for the three blocks reached BRL 2.377 billion (USD 621 million). The terminals are located at Northeast, Southeast and Central-West Brazil, and together receive 19.6 million passenger per year, which equals to 9.5% of the national aviation market. The investment predicted for the three blocks is BRL 3.5 billion (USD 914 million) within 30 years.

In an auction market by many offers, the biggest quarrel was for the Northeast block. The Spanish group Aena Desarrollo Internacional offered BRL 1.9 billion (USD 496 million) and purchased the lot made up by the airports of João Pessoa and Campina Grande, Paraíba; Recife, Pernambuco; Maceió, Alagoas; Aracaju, Sergipe; and Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará.

This Friday auction was the first in the block model. So far, terminals were auctioned individually.

The Central-West block, made up by the airports of Cuiabá, Rondonópolis, Sinop, and Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso, were purchased by Consórcio Aeroeste, with a bid of BRL 40 million (USD 10 million).

The Southeast block, made up by the terminals of Macaé, Rio de Janeiro, and Vitória, Espírito Santo, was bought by Zurich Airport (photo) for BRL 437 million (USD 114 million).

Translated by Guilherme Miranda

Nelson Almeida/AFP

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