It is often thought that the private sector is not able to adequately carry-out large public infrastructure projects. But one of the arguments used by libertarians for smaller government has always been that the private sector is, in fact, just as capable of carrying out large-scale public infrastructure projects as the government. Many of these projects, including toll roads, have long been proven means by which the private sector is able to compete with the government, and do so successfully, in areas where the results matter and the public good is on the line.
One real-world laboratory for these principles to be tried out has been the country of Brazil. Having long suffered from a weak and corrupt government, Brazil has turned to the private sector to complete a large number of infrastructure projects that otherwise would never have gotten done by the hand of the government itself. One of the areas in which we see this recurring is the construction of new airports. The government has long been inept at constructing sufficient airport facilities to handle the large volume of air traffic that the country of Brazil naturally attracts due to a beautiful beaches and other natural features that make it a favorite of tourists and vacationers across the globe.
One example of how the private sector in Brazil is stepping up and completing projects that the government is incapable of carrying out is the construction of the Sao Paulo Catarina Executive Airport. This large airport facility was completed by JHSF Participacoes and its owner, Jose Auriemo Neto. The project features a 7,500-foot runway as well as a luxury terminal facility, which includes a number of high-end shopping options as well as many of the area’s best restaurants. This airport provides a much-needed source of relief from the highly congested airport facilities located throughout Sao Paulo.
With the completion of the Sao Paulo Catarina Executive Airport, those coming to the Sao Paulo area in their private jets have a genuinely easy way of getting in and out of Sao Paulo in a matter of minutes.