Brazil, Viracopos Master Plan and new Terminal

In 2012 Brazils’ government awarded a concession of the development and operation of Viracopos Campinas International Airport to Aeroportos Brazil Viracopos S.A. (ABVSA). ABVSA is a consortium of two large local Contractors. Confronted with the challenge to modernise and extend the airport in time for the 2014 World Soccer Competition and 2016 Olympics, a new terminal building with 28 full-contact stands had to be realized within less than two years’ time. Deerns teamed with Netherlands Airport Consultants to provide ABVSA with the essential design information to take on this challenge.

Deerns' role

Deerns has the task to prepare a master plan for all utility infrastructure and to design the operational systems in and around the new terminal complex. Within 4 months a basic design and functional specification was prepared which was used to select Subcontractors and Suppliers. Simultaneously Deerns prepared a detailed design of the first phase of development of the airport and the new terminal facility.


The purpose of the Utility infrastructure Master Plan is ensure smooth development of the airport. This is achieved by designing for future capacity of the airport. The future expansion of following the utilities are taken into account: the fuel farm, fuel hydrant system, and the navigational aids, power and water supplies. The area reservations are based on the passenger forecast for the next 30 years. To facilitate the structured growth of the Airport sufficient space is to be reserved at the required locations and future facility extension prediction are before they become the bottleneck of operations.

Airport Terminal Systems

The passenger processing systems for the new terminal building was based on maximizing common use facilities, such as the use of Common Use Passenger Processing (CUPPS) equipment. This allows for a flexible use of the check-in and boarding facilities and consequently permits for a larger peak hour rating of the terminal. Together with the introduction of CUPPS the passenger check-in facilities include self-service and internet check-in. An Airport Operational Database (AODB) collects, stores, manages, and distributes the airport-wide operational flight and aeronautical data. Various systems interact through the AODB, using an intelligent Information Broker system. A Resource Management System (RMS) was included to manage the allocation of passengers and aircraft within an array of parameters including boarding gates, parking stands, check-in counters and baggage carousels an efficient airport process is achieved. To support all systems a fully redundant IT backbone network was designed an dimplemented.

Terminal Security

The systems design for the new Terminal included both aviation and building security systems, key to achieving a world-class terminal complying with ICAO and IATA requirements. The Security Management Information System functions as the central user interface and operational umbrella for all security systems for Viracopos International Airport. The management system offers advantages above a stand-alone solution.

Apron Services

The design of the apron services was based on a high level of service whilst accommodating short turnaround times for the aircraft. Apron systems include VDGS for accurate docking and flawless connection of passenger boarding bridges. Furthermore pre-conditioned air and ground power are provided to eliminate use of the auxiliary power unit (APU). Implementation of a fuel hydrant system serves both safety and capacity by minimising traffic of fuel bowsers from the depot to the contact stand. All these systems are geared towards the future as a world class international airport.