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SAO PAULO, Brazil: October 21, 2016. In a bid to develop Viracopos airport as an international cargo hub, the operator has introduced a new incentive program that allows up to a 100 percent exemption of aircraft landing fees.

The incentive, which remains in effect until December 31, 2017, provides all-cargo airlines with an exemption for two years if they operate a new route, or if the airline operates at least two flights a week.

Viracopos cargo terminalThe incentive applies to any cargo airline that operates an international freighter aircraft to Viracopos; operates such a service with Viracopos as origin or destination; and maintains a minimum 80 percent operational frequency per month.

"The new program offers attractive, transparent and nondiscriminatory incentives and with them, the airport will further strengthen its positions as the largest cargo airport in Brazil," explained Viracopos commercial director Jorge Lobarinhas.

"At Viracopos the airlines are always treated fairly and with equality, generating business opportunities," he added.

The Viracopos cargo terminal (right) is the largest import gateway by value in Brazil and is responsible for handling nearly 40 percent of the country's air cargo imports.

In September 2015 the airport partnered with Brink's to construct a high security terminal that opened in April.

Earlier this year Viracopos began the pharma Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification process, and also became the first Brazilian airport to receive the World Customs Organisation's Authorized Economic Operator certification.

In 2012 Brazil's Triunfo Participações and France's Egis Group won the government concession to expand Viracopos with a bid of BRL3.8 billion.

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