Schiphol group, Charles de Gaulle airport may bid for Rio stake

The Dutch state-owned Schiphol airport authority and Paris airport Charles de Gaulle plan to make a joint bid for a large chunk of the shares in Rio de Janeiro’s airport, the Telegraaf reports on Monday.

The paper says the bid will be for almost 50% of the Brazilian airport and may be made in the autumn.

Schiphol’s chief executive Jos Nijhuis told the paper the Brazilian authorities want to privatise the country’s airports. ‘Such a participation could generate a lot of money for Schiphol and together with KLM we can bring extra traffic to Amsterdam,’ Nijhuis is quoted as saying in the paper. ‘Brazil is booming.’

The Schiphol airport group currently operates Terminal 4 of JFK airport in New York and has interests in Paris, Brisbane and Seoul.

Schiphol also has an 8% stake in Aéroports de Paris, the company which operates Charles de Gaulle airport. Aéroports de Paris, 52% owned by the French state, has an 8% interest in Schiphol.

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