All These Decaying Jets Are Clogging Up Brazil's Airport Runways

Plane Graveyard BrazilRusting planes at Manaus International Airport in Brazil.

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At Congonhas Airport in the bustling city of São Paulo, Brazil, a fleet of decaying aircraft takes up the equivalent of 30 football fields of space, The Wall Street Journal’s John Lyons reports.  Rows of deteriorating jets and abandoned hangars are a familiar scene at many of Brazil’s principal airports — the result of several protracted industry bankruptcies over the last decade.  

For years, federal judge Marlos Melek has been leading a campaign to remove the stranded aircraft and speed up bankruptcy proceedings so that the country’s busy terminals can expand to meet growing passenger travel.  

More importantly, the country’s overcrowded airports desperately need the space currently being occupied by rusting planes to prepare for major upcoming sporting events, including the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, says Lyons.    

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