RIO - The Macaé airport it should be one of the symbols of prosperity in the oil and gas chain, marking the resumption of the city and the municipalities around Rio de Janeiro, but the effect is being exactly the opposite and it is literally losing opportunities to do business. It turns out that since 2015, the city has been without commercial flights due to the lack of conditions on the landing and take-off runways, forcing many oil companies and service providers to transport their executive and technical labor on long journeys by land, which It takes time and physical strain.
Despite all the problems mentioned above, a tender scheduled for this year to adjust the track was approved to solve the problem (read this article here), but the government of Espirito Santo was not very happy with the pace that Macaé has been recovering and fearing to lose ground, flow of passengers and flights to its airport in Vitória, declared that it will take legal action against this tender, right at the moment when the city needs to attend the logistics of multinational oil operators that are located in the city.
Despite the strong economic blow it has suffered in recent years, Macaé is still considered the national capital of oil exploration. It concentrates the bases of the largest oil companies on the planet today and although the Campos Basin suffers from the natural decline in productivity of mature fields, the last recent auctions have made these deposits receive millionaire investments for revitalization, exploration of new assets and new drilling platforms that must arrive in the next few months/years.
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras operated at Macaé Airport before the end of activities in 2015 and was forced to interrupt services in the city because it renewed its fleet of low-capacity transport aircraft for aircraft that carry more than 70 passengers. , the runway is simply not compatible for aircraft of this type. But Azul itself declared that it wants to charter again in the city and is eagerly awaiting these works.. It performed regular flights to Macaé connecting the city to Rio, Campos, Vitória and Campinas, the only activities today at Macaé airport are helicopters to serve the offshore platforms.
“The businessman Aroldo Alves Siqueira Júnior, owner of the equipment manufacturer for platforms Tech Ocean, based in Macaé, was a frequent passenger. The trip took only 40 minutes to the capital of Espírito Santo, and from there he would drive to Aracruz, where the company's second unit is located. Since flights were suspended, he makes the drive every ten days and takes up to nine hours. Eight more company executives have to travel between the two factories from time to time. The journey is made by chartered bus, which does not leave for less than R$ 2,500.”, he said in an interview with GLOBE.