Salvador Bahia Airport commemorates five years of concession celebrating innovation and sustainability

September 2, 2022

After surpassing the mark of more than US$352M in investments and becoming the most sustainable airport in Brazil for three years in a row, according to ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency), Salvador Bahia Airport celebrates its fifth anniversary as a member of VINCI Airports.

Since 2017, the terminal's capacity increased by 50%, reaching 15 million passengers per year, the infrastructure has become safer, more comfortable, its environmental impact was reduced and the local identity has been placed on the front stage.

In addition to improving the airport’s infrastructure, VINCI Airports has implemented its expertise in air traffic development to diversify the offer of destinations, increasing connectivity within and outside the state of Bahia. Recently, GOL Linhas Aéreas chose the airport as its flight distribution center, significantly expanding its domestic offer and committing to increase the number of international routes.

VINCI Airports' environmental strategy was implemented and Salvador Bahia Airport was the first in Brazil to install a solar plant, stop sending solid waste to landfills, and reuse wastewater. Throughout these 5 years, various milestones were reached, as a 30% reduction in carbon emissions, 60% in bird strikes, and 44% in drinking water consumption.

These innovations position Salvador as one of the main destinations in the Northeast of Brazil and reinforce Salvador Bahia Airport’s role in the development and promotion of the city, maintaining VINCI Airports' commitment to creating a positive impact for the local community.

Julio Ribas, Salvador Bahia Airport’s CEO, said, “We are proud to reach five years of concession, delivering a safe, sustainable infrastructure that meets the highest operational standards. During this time, we have been committed to offering the best services to our passengers and airlines. We will remain committed to enabling more people to travel and discover new destinations in a comfortable, safe, and environmentally sustainable way”.

The world's leading private airport operator, VINCI Airports operates more than 50 airports in 11 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Thanks to its expertise as a global integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and manages airports by providing its investment capacity and its know-how in optimizing operational performance, modernizing infrastructures and managing their operations and environmental transition. VINCI Airports is the first airport operator to have committed to a global international environmental strategy in 2016, to achieve the goal of net zero emission across its entire network by 2050.