Mumbai: The GVK-led consortium, Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), has asked for fresh bids from interested parties for third party ground-handling contracts which will be awarded through a competitive bidding process.
In accordance with the new eligibility criteria for ground handling service providers, entities such as airport operators of all metropolitan airports, the National Aviation Company of India Ltd (NACIL) as well as its subsidiary companies, will now be able to undertake ground handling services at these airports with immediate effect.
While NACIL will continue to be one the three service providers at the airport, the second service provider will be MIAL itself as the new policy allows the airport operator or its joint venture company to provide such services.
It is being conjectured that the contract of Cambata Aviation, the current ground services handler, may not have been renewed. The company has found itself caught in a spate of controversies ever since one of its loaders died in an accident and another two were caught stealing mobile phones from cargo consignments.