With Congonhas public sale and 14 extra airports, privatized nationwide site visitors ought to exceed 90%
7th round of the airport concessions program takes place on Thursday (18). Currently, 44 terminals, or 75.8% of the country’s total passenger traffic, are managed by private operators.
The National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) will auction to the private sector, on Thursday (18), another 15 airports – including Congonhas, in São Paulo, one of the busiest in the country and one of the last large terminals that still it is not managed by private operators.
The federal government expects that the auction winners will invest at least R$7.3 billion in the modernization of the terminals over the 30-year concession period, R$3.3 billion of which in Congonhas alone.
The 15 airports in Anac’s 7th round of concessions are divided into 3 blocks. Whoever buys Congonhas, for example, will also have to manage another 10 airports located in Minas, Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and Pará.
Currently, 44 terminals, or 75.8% of the country’s total passenger traffic, are managed by private operators. According to Anac, if the 3 lots in this Thursday’s auction are sold, the percentage of paid passengers in the Brazilian market served by private operators will reach 91.6%.
This will be the third round of airport concessions held in blocks. The 15 airports are located in six Brazilian states: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Pará, Mato Grosso do Sul and Amapá.
See the map below:
Composition of the 3 blocks
- SP-MS-PA-MG Block: led by Congonhas Airport (SP), it also comprises Campo Grande, Corumbá and Ponta Porã airports, in Mato Grosso do Sul (MS); Santarém, Marabá, Parauapebas and Altamira, in Pará (PA); Uberlândia, Uberaba and Montes Claros, in Minas Gerais (MG). The minimum starting bid is BRL 740.1 million
- General Aviation Block: formed by the airports of Campo de Marte, in São Paulo (SP) and Jacarepaguá, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), and has a minimum initial bid set at R$ 141.4 million
- North Block II: brings together the airports of Belém (PA) and Macapá (AP), and has a minimum initial contribution of R$ 56.9 million
The 15 airports concentrate around 15% of passenger traffic
According to Anac, the three blocks of the 7th round concentrate the equivalent of 15.8% of the country’s total passenger traffic, equivalent to more than 30 million passengers per year.
The percentage, however, considers the pre-pandemic movement numbers of 2019.
A calculation by the National Confederation of Industry (CNI), considering data from 2021, shows that the 15 airports in this Thursday’s auction represented 11.7% of passenger movement in the country and that the terminals already managed by the private sector account for a share of 78.7%. In other words, privatized national traffic would reach 90.4%.
In any case, if the auction is successful, among the airports managed by Infraero, only Santos Dumont, in Rio de Janeiro, would remain in the privatization queue. The other airports are state or municipal.
“CNI’s expectation is that the 7th auction round will be successful. We believe that, after the concessions, the 15 airports included in this round will be quickly modernized and become more efficient”, says Wagner Cardoso, Executive Manager of Infrastructure at CNI.
next in line
This new batch of airport concessions was approved by Anac in December 2021 – at the time, Santos Dumont airport in Rio was still included in the package. In February, however, the government complied with a request from the government of Rio de Janeiro and removed Santos Dumont from the package.
The forecast is that Santos Dumont airport will be auctioned in the second half of 2023, along with Tom Jobim International Airport, Galeão Airport, which will be re-tendered after the concessionaire RIOGaleão asks to return the administration of the airport.
Another airport that will be re-tendered and awaits the next auction is Viracopos.
List of airports already managed by the private sector
See below the 44 terminals auctioned in the last 6 concession rounds by Anac, and the respective current operators:
- São Gonçalo do Amarante (RN) – Inframérica
- Brasília (DF) – Inframérica
- Campinas (SP) – Airports Brasil Viracopos SA
- Guarulhos (SP) – GRU Airport
- Confins (MG) – BH Airport
- Galeão (RJ) – RioGaleão
- Florianópolis (SC) -Floripa Airport
- Fortaleza (CE) – Fraport Brasil SA
- Porto Alegre (RS) – Fraport Brasil SA
- Salvador (BA)- Salvador SA Airport Concessionaire
- Recife (PE) – Aena Desarrollo Internacional
- Maceió (AL) – Aena Desarrollo Internacional
- João Pessoa (PB) – Aena Desarrollo Internacional
- Aracaju (SE) – Aena Desarrollo Internacional
- Campina Grande (PB) – Aena Desarrollo Internacional
- Juazeiro do Norte (CE) – Aena Desarrollo Internacional
- Cuiabá (MT) – Consórcio Aeroeste Aeroportos S/A
- Sinop (MT) – Consórcio Aeroeste Aeroportos S/A
- Rondonópolis (MT) – Consórcio Aeroeste Aeroportos S/A
- Alta Floresta (MT) – Consórcio Aeroeste Aeroportos S/A
- Vitória (ES) – Zurich Airport
- Macaé (RJ) – Zurich Airport
- Manaus (AM) – Vinci Airports
- Tabatinga (AM)- Vinci Airports
- Tefe (AM) – Vinci Airports
- Rio Branco (AC) – Vinci Airports
- Southern Cruise (AC) – Vinci Airports
- Porto Velho (RO) – Vinci Airports
- Boa Vista (RR) – Vinci Airports
- Goiânia (GO) – CCR Airports
- Palmas (TO) -CCR Airports
- Teresina (PI)- CCR Airports
- Petrolina (PE) – CCR Airports
- São Luís (MA) – CCR Airports
- Imperatriz (MA) – CCR Airports
- Curitiba (PR) – CCR Airports
- Foz do Iguaçu (PR) – CCR Airports
- Londrina (PR)- CCR Aeroportos
- Bacacheri (PR) – CCR Airports
- Navegantes (SC) – CCR Airports
- Joinville (SC) – CCR Airports
- Pelotas (RS) – CCR Airports
- Uruguaiana (RS) – CCR Airports
- Bagé (RS) – CCR Airports