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
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 leagues.
"The system is inefficient and if three or more airplanes
land at the same time in...
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