VINCI Airports begins 1st phase of renovations and expansion work.

VINCI Airports begins 1st phase of renovations and expansion work.

•    The expansion and renovation projects aim to turn the airport into a world-class facility, improving passenger experience 

•    Total investment for this first phase add up to around 600 million BRL

•    VINCI Airports is committed to transform the airport and contribute to the development of tourism and business growth in Salvador and Bahia


VINCI Airports, which officially took over the operations of Salvador Bahia Airport on January 2nd, held a foundation stone ceremony today (April 19) to mark the beginning of the first phase of renovations and expansion work at the airport. The event gathered top regional and airport authorities, including Bahia’s Governor Rui Costa, Salvador’s Mayor ACM Neto and José Ricardo Botelho, President of the National Civil Agency. VINCI Airports’ President Nicolas Notebaert and Salvador Bahia Airport’s CEO Julio Ribas hosted the ceremony. 

Expansion and renovation work to improve quality of service and passenger experience
The first phase of the project  will allow passengers and airlines to see positive changes in a relatively short time. Those involve major expansion work and compliance of the airside infrastructures, construction of a new departure lounge (+20,000 sqm) and the refurbishment of the existing terminal. Upgrades allowing better flows and new experiences for all the passengers, include a new commercial area showcasing Salvador’s identity, the modernization of toilets and changing rooms, improvements in airport signage, new air conditioning and ventilation systems, additional elevators and escalators and free high-speed wifi installation. 

The upgrades will be carried out by a local consortium formed by Teixeira Duarte Engenharia e Construções S.A, Alves Ribeiro S.A do Brasil and Actemium (subsidiary of VINCI Énergies Brasil), Brazilian construction companies with extensive experience in infrastructure projects, including at Lisbon airport which is also managed by VINCI Airports. During the peak period, the worksite will employ around 800 workers. Total investment for this first phase of will add up to around 600 million BRL.

VINCI Airports’ commitment to transform Salvador Bahia Airport, for the benefit of its city and state
“Our main commitment is to turn Salvador Bahia Airport into a world-class gateway to the northeast of Brazil”, said Nicolas Notebaert, President of VINCI Airports.  “In the future, we believe it will be a completely different airport, in every respect, from the look of the terminal, to the comfort of travelers, the quality of service, airline traffic and commercial activities. Our ambition is to develop Salvador Bahia Airport in order to benefit Salvador and Bahia’s economic, tourist and social development as a whole. We are eager to work together with local authorities and trade organizations to make this happen”, he added. “VINCI Airports has global experience in redesigning the airport experience for passengers and the expansion ofair traffic. We will combine our expertise with the experience of our strong local team to achieve our objectives”, he concluded.

About VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports, a top 4 global player in the international airport sector, manages the development and operation of 36 airports located in France, Portugal (including the Lisbon hub), Cambodia, Japan, Dominican Republic, Chile and Brazil. Served by around 250 airlines, VINCI Airports' network handled 156.6 million passengers in 2017. Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator and the professionalism of its 12,000 employees, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability, international network and know-how to optimize the management and performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects. In 2017, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €3.2 bn, for a consolidated revenue of €1.4 bn. More comprehensive information is available on