The new jet bridges, purchased by the RIOgaleão airport in April, have started being installed and the first two pieces of equipment are already operational. With a R$ 46 million investment, not originally provided for in the concession contract, the 32 top-notch, Spain-made jet bridges will be fully operational by April 2016. In total, each terminal will have 16 aircraft parking places – all of them served by the new equipment.
The new fingers, regarded as the most modern in the market, count on, in addition to other advantages, turbine proximity sensors, avoiding any crash with nearby aircrafts. To provide passengers with higher comfort, the fixed bridges, where the mobile ones are connected, are also under a retrofitting process and will be provided with two air-conditioning devices for room cooling. Once all pieces of equipment will be replaced, the Tom Jobim International Airport will start operating with three additional boarding places, once there were only 29 operational bridges before, besides the additional 26 bridges brought along with the new pier next year, totaling 52 fingers.
"Replacing the jet bridges is one of the investments we have made for the purpose of optimizing the passenger boarding and unboarding procedures at RIOgaleão, which ensures higher easiness and comfort to our passengers", as explained by Luiz Rocha, chairman of the concessionaire.
Ever since it took charge of the airport, in August 2014, RIOgaleão started a very well structured infrastructure improvement program, which provides for investments as high as R$ 2 billion by 2016. In addition to jet bridge replacement, the highlights also include, as priorities, the large infrastructure improvement works for the construction of the South Pier, with an area of approximately 100 thousand sqm, 26 new jet bridges, and a 260 thousand sqm aircraft apron; four new floors for the garage building, at the parking space of the Terminal 2, offering 2,700 additional parking places; and the Terminal 2 works to connect the terminal to the south pier and open a space at the terminal that was never used before. The renovation of the air-conditioning system, to be completed before next summer; maintenance on escalators and elevators, which have undergone renovation works and had old equipment replaced; and the retrofitting works for the electrical and sound system are also worth mentioning about the investm
ent package. Over R$ 30 million are being invested in these fields by next year.
RIOgaleão is made up of Odebrecht TransPort, Changi Airports International, and Infraero (Brazilian Airport and Port Infrastructure Company). The concessionaire took charge of the management and operation of the airport in August 2014, under a 25-year concession contract. By the end of this period, RIOgaleão will have invested R$ 5 billion in the airport – around R$ 2 billion of which to be invested by 2016. The improvements and infrastructure works will cover the passenger terminals, aircraft apron, parking places, and the hotel sector. Several improvements have already been implemented such as bilingual assistance services, new commercial establishments, new routes, automatic gates and security cameras at the parking places, improved cleanliness at the terminals, restrooms, and diaper changing rooms; in addition to a free Wi-Fi network available and a separate waste collection system. For additional information, visit the website: www.riogaleao.com.