VINCI Airports has taken over the operation of Manaus airport under a 30-year concession contract awarded by Brazilian civil aviation in April. The 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 Tefé – will join VINCI Airports’ portfolio in February 2022. In total, these seven airports welcomed seven million passengers in 2019.
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 “the most sustainable airport” in Brazil since it took over operations in 2018 – VINCI Airports will also deploy its environmental action plan in the Amazon. The objective is to reduce the CO2 emissions of airports – notably through the construction of a solar farm – and to improve their water and waste management. Furthermore, a forest carbon sink programme will be implemented, to sequester their residual CO2 emissions, while helping to protect the Amazon rainforest and biodiversity.
Following the integration of Manaus airport and the six other airports in the region, VINCI Airports will
operate 53 airports around the world, including eight airports in Brazil. It thus becomes the country’s leading
international airport concessionaire in terms of the number of airports managed and employs nearly 500
people in the country.