Carnival 2019: over 300k passengers are expected at Salvador Bahia Airport

Carnival 2019: over 300k passengers are expected at Salvador Bahia Airport

Salvador's Carnaval has come to crown one of the most crowded summers of the decade. Between February 27th and March 10th, around 310 thousand people are expected to transit through Salvador Bahia Airport, an increase of 10 thousand people over last year. During this period, besides regular flights, an additional 178 flights are due in order to meet the great demand for the city.


Most tourists arriving in Salvador through the Airport during Carnival come from São Paulo (Congonhas and Guarulhos Airports), Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. International passengers come from the cities of Buenos Aires, Lisbon and Madrid.


In order to assist passengers coming for the spree, there will be a special reception, held by the municipal and state Secretariats of Tourism. From February 20th on (Wednesday), three companies selling abadás - the uniform necessary to join the blocos - will have provisional shops at the airport in order to make selling and handing out the shirts to tourists arriving in town to enjoy carnival easier.


In addition to that, there will be effective efforts by ground attendants, cleaning staff e bus drivers in charge of remotely boarding and disembarking passengers. Third party security staff, among other services, are undergoing specific training for the spree days.


Preventive maintenance services are also being intensified at the Airport's main systems and equipment, with aims to guarantee its functionality during the periods of greater flow. Two brand new sanitary facilities should be ready to use. They are located at the Food Court and at the area near International Boarding.


"Salvador's Carnival is one of the most desired by Brazilian spree goers and numbers this year confirm that. We are preparing a special reception for our passengers, enhancing and broadening our services so that the trip experience is a positive one since their arrival in the capital", points out Julio Ribas Salvador Bahia Airport CEO.


“The World has chosen Salvador” – After great exposure in international media outlets, being cited even on the New York Times, the city of Salvador has gained even more visibility amongst tourists. With such spotlight on, Carnival's motto in 2019 proves to be more than adequate: "The World has chosen Salvador", making a direct reference to the articles that have appointed the city as an unmissable destination, besides considering Carnival in Bahia as the biggest one in the globe.


About Salvador Bahia Airport


Located in the capital of the state of Bahia and the first ever capital of Brazil, Salvador Bahia Airport is one of the ten busiest airports in the country. In 2018, the facility served more than 8 million passengers travelling towards about 30 destinations, domestic and international included.


Salvador Bahia Airport joined the VINCI Airports network on January 2 2018, through a Concession contract lasting up to 2047. Aiming to improve passengers experience and provide better services to airlines, VINCI Airports launched an ambitious investment plan to modernize and expand the airport. The first phase of works, which includes the construction of a new 20,000 sqm departure area and the refurbishment of the existing terminal, is expected to be completed in October 2019.


About VINCI Airports


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