Salvador Bahia Airport unifies domestic and international boarding areas

Salvador Bahia Airport unifies domestic and international boarding areas

Upon delivery of the 1st international bridge at the new pier, 100% of passengers should begin boarding on the 2nd floor


On the 26th of August, Salvador Bahia Airport, a member of the VINCI Airports network, will take one step further in its modernization and expansion works by unifying domestic and international boarding areas. The new feature improves aerodrome operations and will benefit passengers who will have access to a more modern and integrated area.


The unification happens simultaneously with the delivery of the first international bridge of the new pier - bridge 13, which, as from the 26th should now house all arrivals and departures of international flights in the Bahian capital. In October, with the full delivery of the new pier, Salvador Bahia Airport goes from 11 to 17 boarding bridges.


The new pier represents an expansion of the Airport of over 13,000 m² and houses six modern boarding bridges capable of servicing large aircraft for international flights. This area will have sustainable innovations such as solar power supply and a water reuse system. Along with other improvements, the new pier will increase airport passenger capacity from 10 million to 15 million a year.


How it will work – With the unification, international boarding goes from the first to the second floor, the same place where, since April, domestic boarding takes place. After passing through the inspection channels, all passengers will be able to circulate in the same environment and enjoy all the commercial facilities and services. Only when boarding, international passengers will be directed to the new pier, passing through the fully air-conditioned connector, which has conveyor belts that assist the movement. Upon accessing the new pier, a second inspection is made, meeting international security requirements, followed by Federal Police clearance procedures and access to the boarding bridge.


Heads up – In the first days of operation, Salvador Bahia Airport encourages international passengers to arrive in advance in order to familiarize themselves with the new flow, operating dynamics and boarding time, since they will now need to go through additional security and baggage inspection process. With the new flow, international passenger travel time from check-in to the aircraft will increase by 20 minutes.


A more complete commercial mix – With the opening of bars and restaurants by the end of the year, in addition to the Duty Paid store already delivered in May, the unified boarding becomes another important differential for Salvador Airport, as passengers will have a complete mix of commercial options within the boarding area.


“Our goal is for passengers to have more food options after checking their luggage and going through the x-ray, slightly changing people's view of arriving just to board. We want passengers to enjoy the terminal with more tranquility”, says Júlio Ribas, CEO of Salvador Bahia Airport.


In addition to that, the new single boarding proposal will allow passengers on international flights to have, in addition to a wider range of dining options, more shopping options, as they will be able to purchase products and souvenirs that can be taken on flights, provided they are properly packed in stores.


"We are carrying out awareness work with storekeepers so that international passengers can purchase products that will be allocated in sealed bags, along with invoices, complying with international requirements so they can be carried as hand luggage on flights," adds Ribas.


The works – Salvador Bahia Airport will deliver further improvements to its users later this year, such as the expansion of the passenger terminal by 22,000 m² and improvements in its cooling and lighting systems. By October, all six will be operational, three of which will be exclusive to international flights while the rest will be available for domestic flights.


Improvements already made and delivered include the refurbishment and improvement of the runway (17/35) and taxiways; new airline offices and sales desks, new check-in counters layout, the replacement of conventional lighting by a LED lighting system in all refurbished areas, free high-speed wi-fi connection, additional 2 km of piping for the ventilation/cooling systems, with the construction of a new cold water plant, the modernization of toilets and changing rooms, among other developments.


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

VINCI Airports, as the leading private airport operator in the world, manages the development and operation of 46 airports located in France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Serbia, Cambodia, Japan, the United States, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil. Served by around 250 airlines, VINCI Airports' network handled 240 million passengers in 2018.
Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability, international network and know-how to optimize the management and performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects. In 2018, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €3.6 billion, for consolidated revenue of €1.6 billion. More comprehensive information is available on