Brazil Launches Plan for Air Traffic Security during the Confederations Cup

By Dialogo
April 22, 2013

A network of 33 airports intensified the number of officers and aircraft parking spots, to guarantee the security and traffic of passengers, authorities and delegations during the Confederations Cup in June, the final rehearsal for the 2014 World Cup.

Considered one of the main problems for the upcoming soccer World Cup, air traffic will be tested during the Confederations Cup, taking place between June 15 and 30. The event will generate an estimated movement of 335,000 passengers.

The Confederations Cup will be played in six out of 12 World Cup venues: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.

In addition to the airports that serve these cities, another 27 connection terminals were opened, which could also be used as support in case of adverse weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Air Force will temporarily restrict air traffic in these cities, depending on the types of flights.

These restrictions will be enforced one to four hours before and after the matches start. Simulation exercises, entailing the arrival of the authorities, soccer teams, and special guests, will be carried out in the upcoming weeks.

At a press conference, Minister of Civil Aviation Moreira Franco, insisted that authorities are committed to guaranteeing the security and quality of service at the airports that will serve important sport events.

Since March, fans from 138 countries have already purchased 475,389 tickets for the Confederations Cup, a record number for this tournament, according Minister of Sports Aldo Rebelo.

In addition to air and ground transportation, Brazil is also working to cover accommodation and security demands for the millions of tourists that are expected to attend the Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Olympics, to be hosted in Rio de Janeiro.