The Vice-Governor and President of the PPP Management Board, Rodrigo Garcia, followed this Thursday (15), at the headquarters of B3 in the capital, the opening of envelopes with proposals for the 22 regional airports, currently managed by the Government of State of São Paulo, through Daesp (Airway Department of the State of São Paulo).
“We are completing our eighth public-private partnership concession contract here. This reinforces the commitment of a smaller, leaner and more efficient State, focused on meeting the priorities of the public service in the areas of health, education and security”, said Garcia.
With a premium of 11.14% on the minimum grant, the Consortium Aeroportos Paulista presented the winning bid of R$ 7.6 million for the concession of the Northwest lot of inland airports, which encompasses 11 airports, headed by São José do Rio Preto. As for the Southeast lot, which includes another 11 airports, especially Ribeirão Preto, the winner was the Voa NW and Voa SE Consortium, based on the proposal of R$ 14.7 million, equivalent to a premium of 11.5 % on the minimum grant.
“A great result. The arrival of the private investor will generate an increase in airport capacity, impacting the supply of flights and, consequently, a significant increase in the economic and social development of the municipalities, which generates employment and income for all Brazilians”, said the Secretary of Logistics and Transport, João Octaviano Machado Neto.
The concession to the management of the private sector provides for the provision of public services of operation, maintenance, exploration and expansion of the state airport infrastructure. ARTESP becomes the regulatory agency for the concession contract. With the character of international competition and operating term of 30 years, the contract provides for a tariff and non-tariff remuneration model, through the exploitation of ancillary revenues, such as rental of hangars or commercial activities, in the terminal, restaurants and parking, or by carrying out investment for real estate exploration, with great potential for the development of new activities and businesses around airports.
“São Paulo has more than 23 million inhabitants in its interior. It is a market with enormous power and strength. With the concession of the airports, we are starting a new moment, more integrated and more private, in the entire territory of São Paulo”, said Gustavo Junqueira, president of InvestSP.
The Undersecretary of Partnerships, Tarcila Reis, recalled that this is another project structured by the Partnership Program of the State of São Paulo, which introduces relevant innovations to the concession model. “We can highlight the mandatory nature of a category of investments that can be reallocated within the scope of contractual revisions, in order to ensure economic and financial balance throughout the operation”, she said.
Northwest and Southeast blocks
Divided into two blocks – Northwest and Southeast – the airports are spread across the interior of the State of SP. Together, they have already handled more than 2.5 million passengers, and the expectation is for a growth of more than 230% in the movement of these units during the concession period. Of the 22 now granted, six already have regular commercial aviation services and 13 have the potential to develop as new regular routes during the concession.
ARTESP’s general director, Milton Persoli, agrees that the airport concession will promote not only the development of state aviation, but also the economy of the regions, by attracting new investments and promoting leisure and business tourism throughout the interior of São Paulo. “With more prepared airports, it will be natural to multiply options for providing excellent services in cities and, consequently, we will expand the potential for generating foreign exchange in São Paulo”, he says.
This lot consists of 11 units, headed by São José do Rio Preto, in addition to the commercial airports of Presidente Prudente, Araçatuba and Barretos, as well as the airfields of Assis, Dracena, Votuporanga, Penápolis, Tupã, Andradina, Presidente Epitácio.
In total, R$ 181.2 million in investments are planned throughout the concession contract, with the amounts being distributed to expand capacity, improve operations and adapt to regulation. Investments of R$ 62.3 million are planned for the first four years of operation.
The lot consists of 11 units, the main one being Ribeirão Preto, in addition to Bauru-Arealva, Marília, Araraquara, São Carlos, Sorocaba, Franca, Guaratinguetá, Avaré-Arandu, Registro and São Manuel.
In total, R$ 266.5 million in investments are planned throughout the concession contract, with the amounts being distributed to expand capacity, improve operations and adapt to regulation. Investments of R$ 75.5 million are planned for the first four years of operation.
National and foreign companies, consortia, financial institutions and investment funds participated in the bidding. In addition to presenting the best fixed grant proposal, the winner had to prove technical qualification in airport management, whether from the company or consortium, or from people on its team or even through qualified subcontracting.
This is the second round of concessions for regional airports in São Paulo. The first had the airports of Bragança Paulista, Campinas, Itanhaém, Jundiaí and Ubatuba tendered in a single lot in 2017.