Brazil's national airport authority Infraero has received a permit from Ceará state environmental authority Semace that authorizes the start of a 350m-real (USD 224m) project to expand state capital Fortaleza's international airport. Work will include updating and expanding the passenger terminal and apron as well as improving the area's road system, Infraero said in a release.
The first stage of the project, scheduled for completion by end-2013, aims to increase annual passenger capacity to 9m from 6.2m. Stage II works are due to wrap up in 2016 and will increase capacity to 14.2m/year. The updated facility will help the region prepare for the influx of tourists expected during the 2014 World Cup, for which Fortaleza is a host city. Fortaleza international airport, also known as Pinto Martins, handled 5.07m passengers and 62,600t of cargo in 2010.