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LatinNews Daily - 08 April 2021

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In brief: Brazil’s airport tender hailed a success

* Brazil’s infrastructure minister, Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, has hailed as a “victory of boldness, work, and infrastructure” the tender for 22 airport concessions, concluded yesterday (7 April) and which raised R$3.3bn (US$587.8m). French group Vinci Airports won the 30-year license to operate the North bloc of seven airports with a R$420m bid, while Brazilian infrastructure company CCR won the licenses to operate the Central and South blocs, with R$754m and R$2.1bn bids, respectively. The government has highlighted that with this tender comes the guarantee of R$6.1bn in investments, with R$1.48bn in the North bloc, R$1.8bn in the Central bloc, and R$2.85bn in the South bloc. “Investment in our airport infrastructure is fundamental for our strategy of growing civil aviation”, Gomes de Freitas said, stressing that private investment will help the country tackle the challenges of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and unemployment.