VINCI Airports takes over the operation of Manaus International Airport in Brazil
VINCI Airports has taken over operation of Manaus airport under a 30-year concession contract awarded by Brazilian civil aviation in April.
Effective cooperation between VINCI Airports and Infraero – a public airport infrastructure company – has enabled a smooth transition. Six other airports in the region – Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Boa Vista, Cruzeiro do Sul, Tabatinga and Tef – will join the VINCI Airports portfolio in February 2022. In total, these seven airports welcomed 7 million passengers in 2019.
Third cargo airport in Brazil, Manaus airport is a pillar of the economic and social development of the Amazon. VINCI Airports will work to develop the cargo activity of this platform by optimizing its operation.
Building on the good environmental performance of Salvador airport, which has become Brazil’s “most sustainable airport”1 since its takeover in 2018, VINCI Airports will also deploy its environmental action plan in Amazonia. The objective is to reduce CO2 emissions from airports – in particular by building a solar park – and to improve their water and waste management. Finally, a forest carbon sink program will be set up there, to sequester their residual CO2 emissions, while helping to protect the Amazon forest and biodiversity.
After the integration of Manaus airport and the six other airports in the region, VINCI Airports will operate 53 airports worldwide, including 8 airports in Brazil. It thus becomes the leading international airport concessionaire in the country in terms of the number of airports managed and employs nearly 500 people in the country.
Nicolas Notebaert, Managing Director of VINCI Concessions and Chairman of VINCI Airports, said: “VINCI Airports is proud to be the new operator of Manaus airport and six other new airports in the northern block. In this region of Brazil, made up largely of forests and rivers, air transport is essential for the mobility of people and the supply chain. We will mobilize our expertise from an operational and environmental point of view, with a view to sustainable development. We are renewing our partnership with Brazil to make this concession a new success, building on the very positive results we have obtained in Salvador de Bahia”.