Viracopos airport in Campinas in the State of Sao Paulo is set to become one of Brazil's main international airports. Traffic at Viracopos has grown at a rapid pace to a total of 9 million passengers in 2012. It is also the second-largest freight hub in Brazil and handles some 250,000 tons annually.
Viracopos airport was privatised in 2012 (as were Guarulhos and Brasilia) in a bid to modernise and expand airport infrastructure with an eye to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The first challenge for Viracopos was to build a new 140,000 sq. m, terminal with the capacity for 14 million passengers within a tight time frame of 18 months, to be operational by May 2014. This first phase, which marks the start of a 30-year infrastructure development project, represents capital investment of €800 million. The next phase in 2017-2018 will see the construction of a second 3,600 m runway. The terminal will expand in line with the growth of the airport. Traffic projections are for more than 50 million passengers by 2040. In time, a rail link will connect Viracopos to Sao Paulo, 100 kms away.
Egis is the consortium's operating partner and as such it provides support to the new concessionaire to operate and develop the airport. It provides its expertise and competence in key areas including airport operation, aviation and ancillary domains, thus playing its part in ensuring that Viracopos becomes the best airport in Latin America and a global benchmark for quality of service and performance. The new terminal, built to international standards, is the first phase in the airport development project according to the Airport City concept, creating a space with hotels, retail and commercial, and a range of other services. The Egis teams provide support to the concessionaire for this development project.