Brazilian airports move closer to privatization

Congonhas and Santos Dumont airports, two of the busiest in Brazil, are taking another step toward sale — despite the coronavirus crisis

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Plane lands on Congonhas airport, in São Paulo. Photo: Alf Ribeiro

Potentially the most thrilling and striking commercial flight one can take is departing from Rio de Janeiro’s Santos Dumont Airport and landing one hour later in Congonhas Airport in São Paulo. Taking off from Santos Dumont, in the center of the Wonderful City, aircrafts bank around the picturesque Guanabara Bay, passing Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue, giving passengers an aerial view of this geographically improbable city.

On approach to São Paulo — South America’s biggest city — planes descend into an apparently endless blanket of high-rise buildings. As the only airport in the city proper, landing in...

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