Airport privatisation: 10 firms submit 32 technical bids for 6 airports

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received a total of 32 technical bids from 10 companies to operate six airports that the authority proposes to privatise, senior officials said on Saturday.

AAI has sought bidders for carrying out operations, management and development of the six airports, including Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Mangaluru, Ahmedabad and Jaipur, under an open international competitive bidding process.
"AAI has received 32 technical bids from total 10 companies for six airports," senior government officials said.
"Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports have received seven bids each. Lucknow and Guwahati have received six bids each. And Mangaluru and Thiruvananthapuram have received three bids each," the officials stated. 
The last date to submit technical bids was 14 February.
AAI will open the financial bids on 25 February. The winning bids will be announced on 28 February.
The Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee of the AAI will choose the bidders on the basis of "per-passenger fee".
AAI said the move to manage the six airports on PPP basis, according to AAI, is part of initiatives to provide world-class infrastructure and services to stakeholders.
Any issue that is beyond the scope of the committee would be addressed by an empowered group of secretaries. The government had in November last year proposed to set up a group of secretaries, headed by NITI Aayog chief executive officer, will have secretaries of civil aviation ministry, department of economic affairs and department of expenditure as members.