Carnaval 2020 will have 11% increase in the number of flights in Salvador Bahia Airport

Carnaval 2020 will have 11% increase in the number of flights in Salvador Bahia Airport

Forecast is for the period between February 17th and March 1st

The biggest street party in the world is coming. Between February 17 and March 1, 2,407 flights will be operated at the airport in the capital of Bahia, 11% more than in 2019. Of these, 2,296 are domestic and 111 are international. In total, more than 380 thousand seats were made available by airline companies for those who want to spend Carnaval in Salvador or leave the city to enjoy the festivities elsewhere. The number is 9% higher than the quantity offered last year.

Compared to last year, there will also be an increase in the number of extra flights (4%), with 189 more flights to Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Goiânia, Porto Seguro, Vitória, Vitória da Conquista, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Campinas-Viracopos, São Paulo-Congonhas and São Paulo-Guarulhos airports. The cities of Cuiabá and Porto Alegre will also have direct flights during Carnaval, with increased seasonal frequencies in relation to the celebrations of the year 2019.

"Salvador Bahia Airport has been preparing, since the beginning of the concession works, for important moments like these, when the flow increases considerably. With the construction of the new pier, expansion of the boarding area, increase in the capacity of baggage belts, among other improvements, we can serve tourists with more comfort, efficiency, convenience and agility", explains Julio Ribas, CEO of the airport.

Preparations – During the days of the festivities, the maintenance, cleaning, security and passenger guidance teams will be reinforced. The administrative team will also be present every day on special schedules, to provide assistance and information to travelers. The main equipment and operating systems are undergoing preventive maintenance.

Public health – In view of the Coronavirus cases registered in other countries, Salvador Bahia Airport has been preparing for an increase in the flow of people and health care. Gel alcohol devices, which help in hygiene and prevent the proliferation of this and other viruses, have already been installed in all equipment. Audible warnings in Portuguese, English and Mandarin are constantly being used to alert and raise awareness among passengers, in addition to videos containing the guidelines given by ANVISA. Until the carnaval, other visual communications will be distributed through the passenger terminal, with general guidelines for preventive conduct to the disease.

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.