Brazil says it needs to hurry airport renovations

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's planning minister says the nation needs to pick up the pace to get its airports ready in time for the 2014 World Cup.

Miriam Belchior says "we are in a hurry" when it comes to airports, but she is confident the government's intervention will have the infrastructure in place for the World Cup.

Airport upgrades were recently opened up for private investment to expedite work and ensure the renovations are finished in time.

Belchior said late Friday that the needed upgrades will be ready "by December 2013."

The comments came just hours after FIFA said it remained concerned with the situation of Brazil's airports and said it addressed government officials about the need to improve them.