Spain's Aena, Zuric Airports win auctions to operate Brazil airports

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SAO PAULO, March 15 (Reuters) - Spain's Aena SME SA and Switzerland's Flughafen Zuerich on Friday won the right to operate two key airport groups in Brazil, in one of the first tests of President Jair Bolsonaro's ability to attract foreign investment.

Aena offered 1.9 billion reais ($496 million) to operate six airports in Brazil's northeast region, including the city of Recife, the ninth-largest city in Brazil and a tourist hub.

Zurich Airport Latin America Ltda, a unit of Flughafen, won an uncontested bid for 437 million reais to operate two airports in Brazil's southeast, including the airport serving Vitoria, the capital of the Espiritu Santo state.

The auctions were done in blocks, a shift from previous rounds of airport bidding contests in Brazil that had focused on individual airports.

Bolsonaro was elected president on a platform that included privatization of state assets. He had said publicly the airport auctions would help provide better service to passengers and help boost the economy. ($1 = 3.8291 reais) (Reporting by Aluisio Alves and Gabriela Mello in São Paulo; Writing by Ana Mano; Editing by Christian Plumb and Dan Grebler)

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