Private jets are one of the most ostentatious symbols of magnificent wealth in the modern age. Many people view the ownership of these multimillion-dollar aircraft as the very archetype of excess. However, it is no coincidence that nearly every great city on the North American continent has both a mainline international airport as well as an executive airport. And these latter airport types almost exclusively cater to the corporate and private aircraft business, with many of these representing the private planes of the extremely wealthy..
Few people understand the important role that executive airports play in the local economies of many cities. The truth is that those who possess great wealth oftentimes have extremely stringent restraints on their time. For this reason, many of these leaders of industry use corporate aircraft as one of their primary means of transportation. Cities that do not allow for the easy entrance and egress of corporate aircraft oftentimes find themselves creating a bottleneck of transportation for some of the most valuable people upon which their local economies rely.
For decades, this problem of difficult access to and from the city of Sao Paulo was a serious problem and one that represented a severe impediment to that city’s economic advancement. Jose Auriemo Neto, one of the most prominent real estate developers in the country of Brazil, proposed to do something about the extreme traffic congestion occurring at the Sao Paulo airport.
Through his company, JHSF Participacaoes, Auriemo Neto began construction of the Sao Paulo Catarina Executive Airport, an executive airport with a 7,500-foot runway that would cater exclusively to executive aircraft and private jets. Today, the airport is open for business, providing much-needed relief from the extremely congested Sao Paulo International Airport.