Rio de Janeiro, Sep 4 (EFE). Spain's Indra said it won a contract to equip the air traffic control tower at the airport in Natal, a city in northeastern Brazil, the first international air facility authorized to be operated by a private contractor in the South American country.
The contract, which was signed on Tuesday, covers the automated air traffic control systems at Sao Gonçalo do Amarante Airport, Indra, a leading consulting and technology company with operations in Latin America and Europe, said.
The Inframerica consortium, which includes Argentina's Corporacion America and won a contract in 2011 to run the aviation facility for 25 years, said Indra won the bidding for the air traffic control equipment at the airport in Sao Gonçalo do Amarante, a city in the Natal metropolitan area.
The contract covers an integrated VHS station, voice communications, an integreted air traffic control tower system, an air traffic management system and an audio recording and reproduction system, Indra said.
The contract is the Spanish company's first in the Brazilian airport sector and bolsters its presence in the Latin American market, Indra air traffic and airports management director for Brazil Sergio Martins said.
Indra won a contract in 2011 to supply Brazil's Airspace Control Commission, or Ciscea, with two mobile radar units.
The airport in Natal, which is expected to open in April 2014, will have the capacity to handle 6.2 million passengers annually, making it the fourthlargest aviation facility in Brazil.