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Brazil to make World Cup airport investment

  • AP, Monday, July 19, 2010 2:46 PM

The Brazilian government approved nearly $3 billion in funding to renovate and expand the 13 airports expected to be used by fans and tourists in the 12 host cities during the 2014 World Cup Brazil is hosting. It also guaranteed investments of about $400 million in its ports.

Government officials expressed concerns with the country’s preparations, but Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said everything will be ready.

“Things are happening very quickly,” he said.

“Now we have the investments for some of the sensitive areas such as the airports,” Brazil Sports Minister Orlando Silva said. “We expect 600,000 international visitors and other 3 million Brazilians (traveling).” The investments will also help Rio de Janeiro host the 2016 Olympics.

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