Brazil’s First Privately Owned Airport Hits Roadblock

 - August 14, 2013, 3:00 PM

Plans to develop São Paulo’s first privately owned business aviation airport appear to have hit a roadblock, with local authorities recently refusing a construction permit for Aerodromo Privado Rodoanel (Beltway Private Airport), despite the airport’s obtaining Brazil federal government approval on July 25. The local authorities have rejected the airport on the grounds that the project is not part of the city’s master development plan and because of concerns about a nearby reservoir.

The airport is being developed by Harpia Logística, a company formed for that purpose by primary partners Fernando Augusto Botelho and André Skaf, along with minority partners Silvio Gonçalves Pereira and Oswaldo Sansone Rodrigues Filho. As planned, it would be situated on 1,000 acres in one of the last large open areas within the city, encompassing two 6,004-foot parallel runways that would be laid out parallel to nearby Congonhas Airport to facilitate a workable traffic approach and departure plan. The runways would be longer than those at Congonhas, as well as the single runway at Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s civil aviation minister formally signed an authorization for the development of the Catarina Executive Airport in São Roque. This airport has already obtained approval from local authorities but is awaiting state environmental approval before construction can begin.