Salvador Airport records 30% growth in international load handling

Salvador Airport records 30% growth in international load handling

In all, 3,743 tonnes were imported and 6,652 tonnes of products were exported in 2019. Imports moved more than R $ 1 billion

More than R $ 1 billion. This was the amount handled in imports in 2019 at the Salvador Bahia Airport International Cargo Terminal, part of the VINCI Airports network. In all, 3,743 tonnes arrived in the capital of Bahia through the Airport last year, higher than in 2018 when 2,257 tonnes were registered. 

Adding imports and exports, in 2019 there was an increase of 30% in the transported weight in comparison to the previous year, when the national average of the international cargo air market closed negatively at -20.6%, according to data from the National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC).

The sectors with the greatest representation in the import of goods were metal-mechanics (47%), followed by technology (35%) and chemical (8%). The prominence of the metal-mechanical industries in the volume of imports is related, for example, to the manufacture of equipment for wind power generators. According to data from the Economic Development Secretariat of the State of Bahia (SDE), the state is a national leader in renewable energy generation, attracting investments from industries such as Siemens Gamesa, Alstom and General Electric.

With a 4 GW park installed, until 2023, according to the SDE, the capacity of wind energy generation in the state should increase by + 50% with investments estimated at R $ 8.5 billion and more than 30 thousand direct jobs and indirect effects generated, enhancing the development of the sector's industries.

Nationalization of cargo

Among the main differentials offered by the Airport are the convenience and security of nationalizing cargo directly at the airport terminal, reducing the need for handling imported products. "We want to enhance the role of the airport in Bahia's logistics links, adding value to supply chains and enabling new business opportunities," says Wagner Rocha, Cargo Business Supervisor at Salvador Bahia Airport. "In addition, the convenience and security of nationalizing cargo directly at the airport is a differential for importers looking for quality in the transport of their goods".

Thanks to this work, it was not just the movement of imports that achieved positive results in 2019. The highlight of Bahian exports, 6,652 tonnes of fruit went to Europe through Salvador Bahia Airport last year.

The main stars of the balance in 2019 were mango, representing 85% of exported products, and papaya, with 15%. In Rocha's assessment, there is "a great potential for exporting other foodstuffs, which could take this 'made in Bahia' brand to more tables and showcases around the world."

Come and go – Check the import and export numbers at Salvador Airport in 2019

Volume of imports by sector

Metal-Mechanical – 47%
Technology – 35%
Chemical – 8%
Others – 10%

Volume of exports by product

Mango – 85%
Papaya – 15%

Comparison between years
2,257 tonnes (2018)
3,743 tonnes (2019
5,409 tonnes (2018)
6,652 tonnes (2019) 

About Salvador Bahia Airport 

Located in Salvador, capital of the State of Bahia and Brazil’s first historic capital, Salvador Bahia airport is part of the VINCI Airports' network since January 2nd, 2018, through a 30-year Concession Agreement. Among the ten busiest airports in the country, it connects the state of Bahia to about 30 destinations, both domestic and international. 

Since the beginning of the concession, the airport has been incorporating global operating standards, seeking to deliver greater efficiency, safety and an enhanced travel experience to its passengers. Intense investments in an expansion and modernization program have led to the extension of the built area to 22,000m², the addition of six new boarding bridges, the opening of the commercial aviation runway and the installation of a fire detection and firefighting system. In addition, the airport has committed to support the state's economic development through traffic development and tourism stimulation initiatives.

Recognized as a green airport by the Airports Council International, Salvador Bahia airport stands out for its sustainability achievements among which the disposal of zero effluents, energy efficiency measures and the implementation of an effective solid waste recycling program, in line with VINCI Airports' commitment to carbon footprint reduction. The airport also seeks to value and promote the social and cultural specificities of Bahia, one of its greatest assets.

About VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports, as the leading private airport operator in the world, manages the development and operation of 45 airports located in Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Japan, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Served by more than 250 airlines, VINCI Airports' network handled 255 million passengers in 2019. Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability and know-how to optimise the management and performance of airports and carry out extensions and upgrades. In 2019, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €4.9 billion, for a consolidated revenue of €2.6 billion.