“LABACE 2013 will take place once again at Congonhas Airport [in São Paulo, Brazil], on the announced dates of August 14, 15 and 16,” Ricardo Nogueira, executive director of organizer ABAG, told AIN late last week, just before Carnaval began in Brazil. “Infraero, which manages the airport, gave the green light” just last Wednesday, he said. Concerns about possible contamination from fuel tanks abandoned by bankrupt airline VASP prompted extensive testing and the delay.
The eighth annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition opened August 11 in São Paulo and exceeded its organizer’s expectations, but it closed with uncertainly as to the location of next year’s show.
The historic VASP airline hangars that have provided a base for the Labace show in São Paulo, Brazil, could soon be demolished to provide additional space for operations at Congonhas Airport. VASP went bankrupt in 2005 and its hangars have since deteriorated at Congonhas during legal wrangling.
The historic hangars that have provided a base for the Labace show in São Paulo, Brazil, could soon be demolished to provide additional space for operations at Congonhas Airport.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B350, Porto Segura, Brazil, May 23, 2009–Operated by Metered Holdings, the turboprop twin crashed approximately 200 yards short of Runway 15 at private Terravista airport (SBTV) at the end of a flight from Congonhas-São Paulo International Airport. The pilot and all 13 passengers were killed and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.
Organizers at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) had forecast the largest show to date and they were not disappointed by the turnout at the event, held last week in São Paulo, Brazil. By the end of the second day, the visitor count had exceeded 6,500, some 500 more than attended the entire three-day event last year.
Said by some to be flat on the canvas and awaiting only the referee’s count, the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) staged a rather remarkable recovery last month, playing to a record number of attendees and signing exhibitors who were demanding more space next year before the show ended.