Ferrovial, a global infrastructure and services company, will participate through its subsidiary Ferrovial Airports
in the privatization of Galeão Airport in Rio de Janeiro and Confins Airport in Belo Horizonte, both in Brazil. Ferrovial Airports, one of the world's leading private airport operators, participated last year in the first phase of privatization of the National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC) airports, which included Guarulhos (São Paulo) and Brasilia.
Ferrovial acquired Heathrow Airport Holdings (HAH) in 2006 and is currently an industrial partner and the principal shareholder. HAH owns Heathrow, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Southampton and Stansted airports (sale of the latter will be completed in the coming weeks). In 2012, those airports obtained 2.646 billion pounds in revenues and 1.355 billion pounds in EBITDA; they were used by 204 airlines to carry close to 100 million passengers to and from over 600 destinations. Annual capital expenditure at HAH amounts to around 1 billion pounds, which is used to upgrade terminals and improve the passenger experience. Heathrow Airport was recognized for its performance during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London last summer, receiving a score of 3.96 in Airports Council International's Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey.
"In managing airports around the world, we have demonstrated our commitment to modernizing terminals with the goal of improving services for airlines and enhancing the passenger experience. This enables airports to enhance their connections and drives growth in the local economies. We consider we have a lot to offer ANAC and Brazil, a country in which we are very interested," said Jorge Gil, CEO of Ferrovial Airports.
Ferrovial entered the airport management sector in 1998 with Aeropuertos del Sureste de México. Since then, it has managed Sydney, Belfast, Bristol, Antofagasta and Naples airports, among others.