Natal´s New Airport Opens for Business April 2014

On Tuesday, the superintendent of the complex administered by the Consortium Inframérica, Gomes Ibernon, met the press to show the progress of the construction work of the terminal which began in August 2012. It was announced that Natal´s new International Airport at Sao Goncalo do Amarante will start operating commercially its terminals for passengers and cargo at the beginning of April 2014.  So far R$71 million has been invested and 1,180 workers, linked to several companies contracted by the consortium, have been working on the construction of the airport. When completed, the cargo area, with 40,000m2 will be able to move the equivalent of four times the amount operated at the current airport, Augusto Severo. The passenger terminal at the new airport will receive triple the passengers that currently use the airport in Parnamirm, with a forecast of 6.12 million per year. According to Ibernon Gomes, when operations start in April 2014 this will be eight months in advance of the schedule, which had 36 months in the original plan and allowed completion only in December 2014. "The issue of the World Cup was vital to hasten the step" he said.    
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Sao Goncalo do Amarantes – New Natal Airport Update

The chairman of the Department of Roads (DER), Demetrius Torres said on Thursday 25th April that the implementation of the access to the new airport of São Gonçalo do Amarante will begin next week, nearly 20 days after the signing of the order of service by Governor Rosalba Ciarlini. Budgeted for accessing the airport from both the North and the South is R$76 million and is financed by the Caixa Economica Federal. have their delivery scheduled for May 2014. The completion of the access roads is for May 2014, a month and a few days after the Natal´s new airport becomes operational, just in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Government has announced RN Airport São Gonçalo do Amarante, mistakenly as the largest passenger and cargo terminal in Latin America and the seventh largest in the world, estimated to cost R$1 billion with a capacity of approximately 40 million passengers per year. In fact, the airport will have the capacity to support up to 6.5 million passengers in the first phase, but it is expected that between three to four million people will use the new airport up to the 2014 World Cup. This calculation is based on the number of passengers transiting the airport Augusto Severo, which has been increasing at a rate of 10% per year.
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Construction Starts on the Tide Barriers in Ponta Negra

Gradually, the stones that will be used to form the protection walls against the tides are arriving on Ponta Negra’s Beach. The containment works, started last Wednesday 24th of April,are necessary to prevent the erosion of the promenade, as happened in July 2012, once fixed. The works are estimated to cost R$ 4.8 million in funds from the Ministry of National Integration and follow a schedule for implementation according to tide tables, in six-hour shifts. Work began at the most critical stretch of Ponta Negra Beach. With the start of the work, Ponta Negra traders are hoping for better days. Ivanildo Pereira da Silva has worked at the beach for more than ten years and was struggling in recent months because of the poor state of the promenade which, according to him, scares away tourists. "I see that the City has a good intention and it may even improve, but the hope that this action will impede the course of nature, no one can predict. The last few months have been sad for us who work and depend on the beach as survival, because the destruction of the beach scared everyone away. I hope it to improve and we expect that in the coming months we will be  busier" he said. The work is expected to take 5 months.
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