A further round of concessions to privatise the operation of airports in Brazil is in the process of being announced. It comes just as the concessionaire of one of the first auctioned airports returns it to the government.
The optimism with which the first concession round was greeted has given way to concerns that the asking price for these 25- and 30-year deals is too high in the light of Brazil"™s still uncertain economy, aggravated by continuing political unrest.
This report looks at the reasons behind the concessionaire"™s decision to surrender its licence, at the (negative) economic state of Brazil, and at the slightly more positive tourism outlook and aircraft order books.
It concludes that the forthcoming fourth tranche of concessions "“ the precise nature of which is yet to be decided in what is a very fluid situation "“ could be successful, but only if a more realistic appreciation of the state of the economy is taken into account…