Brazil may sell São Paulo, Rio airports, says Michel Temer

Government eyeing sale of airports to reduce large fiscal deficit next year, says president

Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer said it is possible the government could end up selling Santos Dumont airport in Rio and Congonhas airport in São Paulo. Photograph: Sebastião Moreira/EPA

Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer said it is possible the government could end up selling Santos Dumont airport in Rio and Congonhas airport in São Paulo. Photograph: Sebastião Moreira/EPA

 

Brazil’s government will consider selling airports in São Paulo and Rio to help to reduce a large fiscal deficit next year, interim president Michel Temer told Folha de S Paulo newspaper on Sunday.

The paper said the previous government’s objections to a potential sale of the Santos Dumont airport in Rio and Congonhas airport in São Paulo are not echoed by Mr Temer, nor the government’s economic team.

“It is possible that we end up selling them... It would give us a good sum,” Mr Temer was quoted as saying.

Congonhas is the second-largest airport in São Paulo behind Guarulhos, which has already been sold to private investors. Congonhas handles most domestic flights, including the busiest São Paulo-Rio route, which has Santos Dumont airport as its main destination.

Brazil plans to sell several assets and award licences for companies to build and operate infrastructure projects as it tries to revamp the economy and reduce a budget deficit estimated at 170 billion reais this year.

– (Reuters)