International ground handling agencies submit tenders for 26 airports

New Delhi: With work moving apace at modernising 40 non-metro airports, apart from those at the country's six metros, the Indian aviation sector has attracted the interest of international ground handling agencies.

Civil aviation ministry sources have said that four international ground handlers, Menzies, Swissport, SATS and Dnata, have submitted tenders for handling ground work at the 26 non-metro airports in the country.

According to the sources, interested companies will have to work in conjunction with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at these airports, either through a subsidiary or through joint ventures.

Though the modalities of a new ground-handling policy are yet to be worked out, it would appear that only three agencies will be allowed take up ground handling services.

These agencies will have to work in conjunction with the AAI.