Galeao fix before 2016 Olympic Games

Arup has assisted Airports of the Future consortium formed by Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht and Singaporean operator Changi Airport Group in winning the auction of the Rio de Janeiro International Airport (Galeao). The amount offered, $8 billion (BRL 19 billions) was about 294% of the minimum bid of $2.4 billion (BRL 4.82 billion). Airport concession is for 25 years.

In 1st stage planned improvements in Galeao, at least 26 new aircrafts gates, a new aircraft apron, and a new garage for vehicles is scheduled to come into being by January 2016 to include special accommodations for the 2016 Olympic Games to be hosted in Rio.


“Increasingly, airport development is being implemented by the private sector,” said Regine Weston, Arup’s project director and principal aviation consultant. “We are privileged to work around the globe with airports, airlines and private groups, such as Airports of the Future, who are committed to developing world class airports to serve their local communities and welcome the world into their homes.”

“It was a great win and we are excited to have this work in our portfolio of projects in Rio,” said Ricardo Pittella, principal and Brazil group leader for Arup. “We have had the opportunity to work on many important projects in the city, including the Line 4 Metro, Rio 2016 Olympic arenas, and now the airport. We are happy to have the opportunity to contribute to the growth of our city.”