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MOPC plans to turn Asunción airport into a regional passenger hub (Paraguay)

Paraguay's public works and communications ministry (MOPC) is looking to turn capital Asunción's Silvio Pettirossi international airport into a regional passenger hub following the terminal's concession, project manager Rubén Ocampo told BNamericas.

Studies have determined that the terminal's geographic location provides excellent climate conditions, making it less vulnerable than large terminals in neighboring countries, such as Brazilian city São Paulo's Guarulhos airport, according to Ocampo.

Authorities believe that if a large operator takes over the terminal, it could attract flights from large airlines, including Asian carriers, Ocampo added.

A bill to concession the airport has been approved by senate and must now be greenlighted by the lower house. Authorities will look for the initiative to be discussed as a priority during the first two weeks of March, when congress resumes full activities.

The bill also involves concessioning another two terminals: Guaraní airport in Ciudad del Este and the Chaco aerodrome, in Mariscal Estigarribia city. The initiative allows terminals to be concessioned on their own or in packages, Ocampo said.

According to preliminary studies, the Silvio Pettirossi concession could require an investment of US$60-100mn. The project includes building, remodeling, expanding, operating and maintaining passenger and cargo terminals for 20-30 years.

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