Empresa Brasileira de Infraestrutura Aeroportuária, Infraero in short, is a Brazilian government corporation founded in 1973, authorized by Law 5,862,[1][2] being responsible for operating the main Brazilian commercial airports. In 2011 Infraero's airports carried 179,482,228 passengers and 1,464,484 tons of cargo and operated 2,893,631 take-offs and landings.[3] Prresently it manages 45 airports.

Empresa Brasileira de Infraestrutura Aeroportuária
Government-owned company
FoundedMay 31, 1973[1][2]
HeadquartersBrasília, Brazil
Key people
Antônio Claret (CEO)
ProductsAirports administration
RevenueIncrease US$ 2.0 billion (2012)
Decrease US$ 52.5 million (2012)

The company is present all over Brazil and employs approximately 23,000 employees and subcontracted workers nationwide.[citation needed] It is headquartered in the Infraero Building, in Brasília, Federal District.[4]


The company implements a workplan which covers practically all airports managed by it and which generates over 50 thousand jobs all over Brazil. The Brazilian airport infrastructure, which may match to the international standards, is being updated to meet the next years demand.

The works are performed with the company's own revenue, mainly generated by the air cargo storage and custom duty, granting of commercial areas in the airports, boarding, landing and stay tariffs, and rendering of communication and air navigation auxiliary services.

On 9 October 2009, it was announced that Infraero will invest in airports abroad: Infraero was invited by the Government of Paraguay to administer Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asunción and invited to participate in the privatization of Ruzyně Airport in Prague, Czech Republic, among other investments.[5]

On March 4, 2010, the government of Brazil announced that it would adopt the model of concession to airports. For this reason Infraero would become a concessionary rather than an administrator of the airports that it currently operates. The main consequence is the fact that Infraero will be able to open its capital and obtain resources necessary for infra-structure investments.[6] Another consequence is that municipal or state governments would have it easier to change concessionaries, such as the intention announced on 28 August 2009 by Rosinha Matheus, the Mayor of Campos dos Goytacazes, who requested Infraero the transfer of the administration of Bartolomeu Lysandro Airport to the Municipality. The Minister of Defense, to whom Infraero was subordinate (currently it belongs to Civil Aviation Secretary), announced being in favor of the transfer.[7]


On April 26, 2011 it was confirmed that in order to speed-up much needed renovation and up-grade works, private companies would be granted a concession to commercially explore some Infraero airports in exchange for the implementation of those works. Listed airports included São Paulo/Guarulhos – Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport, Brasília – Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport, Campinas – Viracopos International Airport, and later Belo Horizonte – Tancredo Neves International Airport and Rio de Janeiro – Galeão/Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport.[8] The plan was confirmed on May 31, 2011 and it was added that Infraero would retain 49% of the shares of each privatized airport.[9][10]

The concession program was divided into phases, each with its own public bidding.

The first phase was related to Gov. Aluízio Alves International Airport in Natal.[11] On August 22, 2011 its concession was won by the Consortium Inframérica, formed by the Brazilian Engineering Group Engevix (50%) and the Argentinean Group Corporación América (50%), which operates 52 airports in 7 countries.[12] After the signature of the contract of concession, Inframérica Consortium was authorized to commercially explore the facility for 25 years (with one possible 5-year extension). As part of the concession agreement Infraero holds no shares participation in this facility.

The second phase was related to an auction that took place on February 6, 2012.

The third phase took place on November 22, 2013, when the Brazilian Government had a bidding process to determine the operator of Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport from 2014 until 2039.

Starting on the fourth phase, Infraero ceased to have a mandatory 49% of the shares of each privatized airport.

The fourth phase took place on March 16, 2017 and the result was:[20]

The fifth phase, done in blocks valid for 30 years, took place on March 15, 2019 and the result was:[21]

Saturation levelsEdit

Responding to critiques to the situation of its airports, on May 18, 2011 Infraero released a list evaluating some of its most important airports according to its saturation levels. According to the list:[22]

Airports critically saturated, operating above 85% of their capacity

Brasília – Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport
Cuiabá/Várzea Grande – Mal. Rondon International Airport
São Paulo/Guarulhos – Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport

Airports requiring attention, operating between 70% and 85% of their capacity

Belo Horizonte – Tancredo Neves International Airport
Campinas – Viracopos International Airport
Curitiba – Afonso Pena International Airport
Fortaleza – Pinto Martins International Airport

Airports with good situation, operating with less than 70% of their capacity

Manaus – Eduardo Gomes International Airport
Porto Alegre – Salgado Filho International Airport
Recife – Guararapes/Gilberto Freyre International Airport
Rio de Janeiro – Galeão/Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
Salvador – Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport

Investments related to the 2014 FIFA World CupEdit

On 31 August 2009 Infraero unveiled an ambitious BRL5.3 billion (US$2.8 billion; EUR2.0 billion) investment plan to upgrade airports of ten cities focusing mainly the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which was held in Brazil, and for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which was held in Rio de Janeiro. Of the twelve cities that held venues, ten received major investments. NatalAugusto Severo International Airport and SalvadorDep. Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport were excluded because their upgrade works were completed.[23]

The investments were distributed as follows (in BRL million):

On going worksEdit

Belo Horizonte

Pampulha/Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport
New control tower. Value 5.6. Completion: originally November 2010; postponed to the end of 2012[24]
Upgrade of general aviation hangars. Value 1.2. Completion: July 2013
Enlargement of the apron. Value 1.6. Completion: July 2013
Tancredo Neves International Airport (Confins)
Extension of runway, enlargement of apron and cargo terminal, construction of further taxiways. Value 120.0. Completion: July 2013
Renovation of the passenger terminal. Value 215.5. Completion: March 2014

BrasíliaPresidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport

Enlargement of apron and taxiways. Value 34.5. Completion: April 2011
Renovation of the existing passenger terminal. Value 22.5. Completion: November 2011
Enlargement of the passenger terminal. Value 439.0. Completion: April 2013
Parking. Value 18.8. Completion: April 2014

Campinas/São PauloViracopos International Airport

Construction of the second runway. Value 314.0. Completion: April 2013
Construction of phase 1 of a new passenger terminal. Value 2,500.0. Completion: May 2015

CuiabáMarechal Rondon International Airport

Renovation of passenger terminal, parking and access to the airport. Value 30.9. Completion: October 2012

CuritibaAfonso Pena International Airport

Enlargement of the apron and implementation of taxiways. Value 30.0. Completion: March 2011

FortalezaPinto Martins International Airport

Renovation and enlargement of passenger terminal, apron, and parking. Value 525.0. Completion: November 2013

ManausEduardo Gomes International Airport

Enlargement of apron and existing runway. Construction of second runway. Value 600.0. Completion: July 2013
Enlargement and renovation of the passenger terminal. Value 193.5. Completion: December 2013

Porto AlegreSalgado Filho International Airport

Extension of the runway. Value 122.0. Never completed.

Rio de Janeiro

Galeão/Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
Renovation of passenger terminal 1. Value 314.9. Completion: February 2011
Completion and renovation of passenger terminal 2. Value 284.0. Completion: May 2012
Construction of further parking. Value 220.0. Completion: May 2013
Santos Dumont Airport
Completion of the renovation of the passenger arrivals terminal. Value 152.2. Completion: November 2011

São Paulo

Congonhas Airport
Renovation of the apron. Value 20.6. Completion: January 2012
Conclusion of the renovation on the south portion of the passenger terminal. Value 67.1. Completion: October 2012
Renovation of the north portion of the passenger terminal. Value 65.1. Completion: October 2014
Guarulhos/Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport
Construction of further taxiways. Value 19.0. Completion: April 2011 (work not yet completed in August 2011)
Enlargement of apron and taxiways. Value 370.5. Completion: July 2011 (work not yet completed in August 2011)
Construction of the passenger terminal 3. Value 1,100.0. Completion: March 2014

Completed WorksEdit

Belo HorizonteTancredo Neves International Airport (Confins)

Enlargement of Parking. Value 6.8. Completed on July 26, 2010[25]

RecifeGuararapes/Gilberto Freyre International Airport

Conclusion of the passenger terminal renovation with installation of further 8 jetways. Value: 8.75. Completed on July 1, 2011[26]

São PauloCongonhas Airport

New control tower. Value 11.9. Completed on May 8, 2013[27]

List of airports administered by InfraeroEdit

The following airports were administered by Infraero in 2020:[28]

a.^ On March 15, 2019 the Consortium Aeroeste formed by Sinart and Socicom won the concession to operate this airport. Aeroeste and Infraero will jointly administrate the facility until the end of 2019.[29]
b.^ On June 17,2020 the Federal Government signed and agreement to transfer the administration of the airport to the Government of the State of Minas Gerais. The transition period will end on December 31, 2020.[30]


The following airports are administrated by concessionaries in which Infraero has minoritary participation in shares:

Top 10Edit

In 2012 those were the top 10 airports according to number of transported passengers, metric tonnes of cargo handled (excluding mail), and number of aircraft operations (domestic and international combined):[31]

Number of transported passengersEdit

Metric tonnes of cargo handled (excluding mail)Edit

Number of aircraft operationsEdit

See alsoEdit


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