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New terminal opens at busiest airport in Brazil to handle domestic flights

SAO PAULO--Brazil's busiest airport on Wednesday opened a new terminal meant to handle as many as 5 million domestic passengers a year.

Infraero, the government agency that operates airports, said on its website that the 85 million real (US$49.4 million) terminal in Sao Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport will handle domestic flights, which account for more than 60 percent of the passengers using the airport.

Rio de Janeiro-based Webjet is the first line to use the new terminal, which is a bit more than a mile (2 kilometers) from the airport's runways, so buses will ferry passengers to and from their planes.

The agency says the new terminal is included in the privatization contract that the Invepar consortium won this week to operate and expand the Sao Paulo airport for 20 years.

Brazil's Investimentos e Participacoes em Infraestrutura SA controls 90 percent of Invepar. Airports Company South Africa controls the rest.

Infraero retains a 49-percent stake in the newly privatized airports that together account for 30 percent of Brazil's passenger traffic.

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