The U.S. Commerce Department is aiming to help American suppliers of airport services and equipment tap into a Brazilian plan to spend $1.5 billion modernizing 270 airports across the country.
The U.S. Commercial Service is leading a trade mission to the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, home to the country’s two busiest airports, May 18-19.
Welcome on the mission are U.S. companies with produces or services in airport design, green construction, energy efficiency equipment, airport security equipment, ground support and terminal-related equipment and airport management.
Participants will have a chance to meet with Brazil’s Civil Aviation Administration (SAC) and development bank (BNDES), along with representatives from regional airport authorities. The country has the goal of putting all of its 200 million people within 100 kilometers (about 60 miles) of an airport. The Brazilian government recently privatized five large airports.
Atlanta firms in the green building and architectural services industries accompanied Mayor Kasim Reed on a trip to the same two cities in April 2014. Atlanta has a sister-city connection with Rio de Janeiro which the mayor vowed to keep warm over the next few years. Atlanta is also home to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, which is also known for its ability to generate non-aeronautical revenue and its use of outside contractors to ensure smooth operations.
Learn more about the mission and sign up here.