Belo Horizonte International Airport handled a total of 11.3 million passengers in 2015, making it one of Brazil’s main airports. In 2014 planning began for a new terminal along with the renovation of the existing terminal, which dates back to the early 1980s. A giant metal roof over the international check-in lounge creates a smooth transition between the two architectural idioms. The terminals cover a combined area of 130,000 m², and the nine existing passenger boarding bridges were joined by 17 new jetways.
A central requirement for the interior design was the use of lighter hues with an emphasis on blue – the corporate colour of the operating company. For example, a light aqua blue was chosen for the 2700 units of the waiting zone system Airline, which Vitra developed together with the architect and airport specialist Norman Foster. The various configurations of this comfortable, low-maintenance and extremely robust waiting area seating are equipped with integrated power and USB connections.