The International Afonso Pena Airport in São José dos Pinhais - 18km away from Curitiba - is getting ready for passengers coming through the city during the World Cup. The 2,215 metre runway has been totally restored, with investments reaching R$ 19 million. The yards are ready to cater for commercial as well as executive aircraft and the airport's car park has been increased from 670 spaces to 2,122.
Before the World Cup, two new boarding bridges will be delivered and the terminal modernised and renovated. In addition, the yard will increase from 84 thousand m² to 143.9 thousand m².
The passenger terminal has been extended and the roadway system has had investments in the order of R$ 246.7 million made to it. “Construction works at the airport in Curitiba are scheduled to be completely finished by March 2016, with the extension of the arrival and departure areas and six new boarding bridges. The terminal's commercial area is also being increased, as well as the food court. Access roadways are being adapted, as well as boarding and disembarking curbs. There will be new areas for public bodies and new access way to the car park", explains INFRAERO president Gustavo do Vale.
In 2013, approximately 6.7 million passengers used the airport. Currently, the terminal's capacity stands at 7.9 million passengers per year and as a result of renovation and modernisation works being done until the World Cup, this figure will go up to 8.5 million people per year. As the expected demand for 2014 is of 7.9 million passengers, the airport in Curitiba is ready for the inflow of passengers anticipated for the World Cup.
Currently, 242 flights arrive and departure the airport daily to and from national destinations. There are also flights to three international destinations: Buenos Aires (Argentina), Miami (USA) and Montevideo (Uruguay).
The airport also has an exclusive area where fans will come through at the World Cup. The area is part of the Fan Zone and is aimed at welcoming tourists, offering them comfort, convenience and entertainment. The project will be implemented in all airports at World Cup host cities through a partnership agreement between INFRAERO and the Federal Savings Bank. At the airport in Curitiba, the lounge will measure 400 m² and will be air conditioned, with free Wi-Fi, public phones and service desks.