Congonhas Airport and 14 more terminals are auctioned this Thursday (18)

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Congonhas Airport and 14 other terminals will be auctioned this Thursday (18), during the 7th round of the airport concession program, carried out by the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac).

The auction takes place at 2 pm, at B3, and will be divided into three blocks. The 15 airports, which together account for approximately 15.8% of the country’s total passenger traffic, will be granted to the private sector for a period of 30 years. The forecast for investments over the period is R$ 7.3 billion.

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The interest in the three blocks was confirmed by the Minister of Infrastructure, Marcelo Sampaio, through social networks. “We continue to work without optimism or pessimism, but making it happen and ensuring the advancement of the country’s infrastructure. On August 18 we will be hitting the hammer at B3, auctioning 15 airports, from the 3 blocks of the 7th round”, said the minister.

In addition to Congonhas, the airports of Campo de Marte, in São Paulo (SP) and Jacarepaguá, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), among others, will also be part of the concession.

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According to Anac, between 2011 and 2021 the airport concession program in Brazil granted the equivalent of 75.82% of national traffic to the private sector. After this 7th concession round, the percentage will increase to 91.6% of passengers served at private airports.


Divided into three blocks, the auction will award terminals established in six Brazilian states. They are: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Pará, Mato Grosso do Sul and Amapá. See the split:

  • 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 initial contribution is R$740.1 million.
  • General Aviation Block – It is formed by the airports of Campo de Marte, in São Paulo (SP) and Jacarepaguá, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), and has a minimum initial bid set at R$ 141.4 million.
  • North Block II – Integrated by the airports of Belém (PA) and Macapá (AP), it has a minimum initial contribution of R$ 56.9 million.

The company that buys Congonhas will also be responsible for the administration of another 10 airfields. They are: Campo Grande, Corumbá and Ponta Porã, in Mato Grosso do Sul, Santarém, Marabá, Carajás and Altamira, in Pará, and Uberlândia, Uberaba and Montes Claros, in Minas Gerais.

The second block includes terminals for small aircraft, such as Campo de Marte and Jacarepaguá.

Finally, in the third block, two airports will be offered in capitals in the North region of the country, in Belém (PA) and Macapá (AP).


In June of this year, the federal government stated that it expects to reach the end of 2022 with 50 terminals granted to the administration of the private sector. If the forecast comes true, R$ 18 billion in private investments will be contracted.

In the last two years, 34 airports were transferred to the private sector. The concessions for São Gonçalo do Amarante Airport (RN) and the re-bidding of Viracopos Airport, in Campinas (SP) are still in progress.

The auction of Santos Dumont airport and the re-bidding of Galeão were also scheduled to take place in the second half of the year. However, after disagreements with the government of Rio de Janeiro, the projects were left for 2023. The original plan was for the Santos Dumont bid to be done together with the Congonhas airport, but it will be auctioned together with Galeão. Thus, the winning company will be the administrator of the two assets in Rio.

Source: CNN Brasil

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