The Straits Times
Published on Dec 13, 2012

Brazil announces construction of 800 airports


PARIS (AFP) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced in Paris Wednesday that her country would build at least 800 regional airports.

"Figures in Brazil are big. We plan to build build 800 regional airports or more" for cities of more than 100,000 people, she told a gathering of French business leaders.

"Brazil is a continent-sized country. We need more than railways. Some people in Brazil can travel only by air. We want cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants to have an airport within 60km,"  she added. "It is also a necessity for the country's growth."

Hit by the global economic slowdown, Brazil is projected to grow only a mere one per cent this year, according to market analysts. This would be the worst performance within the BRICS bloc of emerging powers, which also groups China, India, Russia and South Africa.