One Last Time for Labace’s Historic Hangar Venue?

 - April 28, 2011, 10:30 AM

The historic hangars that have provided a base for the Labace show in São Paulo, Brazil, could soon be demolished to provide additional space for operations at Congonhas Airport. “If anything, it will be good for Labace, giving us more static display area,” Rogério Sautner of ABAG, the Brazilian business aviation group that organizes the annual Latin American bizav conference, told AIN. “The demolition won’t start before the fair this August. But for future fairs, we’ll just rent an enormous tent for the booths if we have to.” The eighth annual Labace will be held August 11, 12 and 13 this year. At Congonhas, about 10 percent of the airport’s space was occupied by VASP, the airline that went bankrupt in 2005. Its hangars–including the ones used for Labace–and nine of its jets have since deteriorated at Congonhas during legal wrangling. The jets will finally be removed and dismantled for parts, as will more than 100 airplanes in similar situations at various airports throughout the country. Brazil’s airports are short of ramp space and hard pressed to handle the double-digit growth of commercial aviation. A new cabinet-level aviation authority was created this year to prepare aviation infrastructure for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.