Published On: Wed, Oct 17th, 2012

Brazilian government to build seven small airports in the Amazon

BRASILIA - The Brazilian government plans to built seven small airports in the state of Amazonas, this was announced by the regional governor, Omar Aziz, after a meeting with the country's president, Dilma Rousseff.

The airports are part of a package for development of regional aviation reform which also includes 18 small terminals.

Municipalities that will receive the new airports are Jutaí, Maraã, Amaturá, Uarini, Pauini, Nova Olinda do Norte and Codajás, all jungle towns that depend on river transport.

These seven municipalities were the only of the 61 towns in the state of Amazonas that lacked their own airport, according to the regional government.

Each airport will require investment of between 22 and 25 million reais (10 to 12 million dollars) and the runways will not exceed 1,400 meters, according to the governor.

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