There have been a series of reports in the media throughout April forecasting difficult times ahead for the airports which are supposed to handle the bulk of the World Cup 2014 air passenger traffic.
— Paulo Prada (@pauloprada) March 20, 2014
BBC reported that most of Brazil’s airports being improved for this big sporting event will not be ready in time. According to the government-backed Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) at least 10 out of 13 terminals being upgraded are unlikely to be completed.
— Brazil Character Lab (@scharlab) April 24, 2014
To get an idea of what some of the airports look like at the moment watch this report from Brasilia Airport, broadcast a couple of weeks ago:
Most of the major airports are facing some sort of renovation, and Natal is getting a brand new airport due to open at the end of May 2014.
Finishing touches to Natal’s new, international airport. Opening in May. Direct flights from U.S.A. to be announced. pic.twitter.com/jm1vRF1moT
— Brazil Beach House (@Brazil_Sun_Swim) April 13, 2014
With more work left to do than time to complete it, some airports decided to use what seems like a back-up plan; it is reported that a temporary canvas terminal will be used instead of a planned airport expansion to handle the passenger traffic in Fortaleza, a city which has six matches scheduled to be hosted including Brazil’s game against Mexico.
To view the full list of World Cup cities, destinations and event schedule visit the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brasil official site.