When Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff signed a decree in December last year permitting the private construction and operation of airports, it opened the way to major changes in the country’s airport infrastructure and operations, with São Paulo state as a primary launching pad.
Congonhas-São Paulo Airport
Brazil’s first private business aviation airport received government approval when civil aviation minister Moreira Franco signed the authorization July 25 at ceremonies in São Paulo. The approval came a little more than six months after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a decree permitting the private construction and operation of airports.
Brazil put the B in BRIC, the acronym demarcating what have come to be perceived as the world’s most promising emerging markets: Brazil, Russia, India and China. And on this basis alone, there would seem to be a strong case for establishing the now decade-old Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil.
“LABACE 2013 will take place once again at Congonhas Airport [in São Paulo, Brazil], on the announced dates of August 14, 15 and 16,” Ricardo Nogueira, executive director of organizer ABAG, told AIN late last week, just before Carnaval began in Brazil. “Infraero, which manages the airport, gave the green light” just last Wednesday, he said. Concerns about possible contamination from fuel tanks abandoned by bankrupt airline VASP prompted extensive testing and the delay.
The two pilots and single passenger of a Cessna Citation CJ3 were not killed November 11 when their aircraft ran off the end of the 4,700-foot-long Runway 35 Right at Sao Paulo’s Congonhas Airport (SBSP) in Brazil. An airport security camera captured the last few moments of the flight.
Clearing hurdles was as much a challenge for aircraft and crews attending LABACE 2012 was it was for athletes at the recent Summer Olympics in London. An on-again/off-again customs strike bedeviled the arrival of jets en route to the show and left operators scrambling to find a place and time to enter Brazil en route to São Paulo Congonhas Airport where the business aviation show is being held this week.
When it comes to the careful handling of millions of dollars worth of aircraft at LABACE 2012 at São Paulo (Brazil) Congonhas Airport, Swissport was the pick to position 75 aircraft on the static display ramp yesterday and today with nary a ding.
Under a bright, azure sky, the ninth annual Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE) opened this morning in São Paulo, Brazil, to the sound of business aviation hard at work in a region of the world where the industry sees a long-term bright future.
The Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE) continues to grow, and next week’s show, to be held from August 15 to 17 in São Paulo, Brazil, will be the biggest and best yet, according to the sponsoring Aviação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (Abag).
A record 71 aircraft are expected for LABACE 2012 at São Paulo Congonhas Airport next week (August 15 to 17), but unlike last year those coming from overseas will have to stop elsewhere to clear customs, coming and going.