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.