Revamping Brazilian Airports
With one eye on the 2014 World Cup and the other on Congress, the new president is hatching a master plan to renovate Brazil’s overcrowded, overburdened and trouble-ridden airport system.
At 9pm on a Thursday night in early February, hundreds of weary
travelers trudge through the Infraero labyrinth at São
Paulo's congested Guarulhos airport. Senior investment bankers
dressed for a Manhattan power meeting rub shoulders with
backpackers in flip flops heading off to the jungle. North
American IT and oil service providers worry about missing
flights as the wait drags on and Brazilian nationals are rushed
ahead to an express line through security and immigration.
The frustration is
palpable for both road warriors and newcomers, as seemingly
endless lines twist and turn at a snail's pace. The legions of
international investors, entrepreneurs and financiers beating
an increasingly frequent path to Brazil could not be left with
a worse impression of a country that aspires to the big
"The system is inefficient and if three or more airplanes
land at the same time in...
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