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India to tender 14 airport management PPP contracts

🕔 February 20, 2014
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The government of India plans to launch tender processes for the operation and management of 14 existing airports.

The 14 airports that will be privatized under a public-private partneship (PPP) model are at Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore, Trichy, Varanasi, Indore, Amritsar, Udaipur, Gaya, Raipur, Bhopal, Agartala, Imphal, Mangalore and Vadodara.

The Government of India, through the state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI), has already launched PPP tenders for six others airportsKolkata, Chennai, Lucknow, Guwahati, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

K. C. Venugopal, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, stated:

The next challenge would be to ensure their management and upkeep at a level commensurate with the high quality of these terminals. Moreover, the potential for non-aeronautical revenues from car parking, cargo facilities, hotels, passenger amenities, shopping etc. cannot be fully harnessed by Airports Authority of India  (AAI) due to the inherent constraints of a public sector entity.

He also said that the problems related to monitoring and supervision of a large number of service contracts could also be eliminated if a single PPP concession for operation and maintenance of the entire airport is granted to an experienced and competent entity.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation is responsible for creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in India. It provides air traffic management services over Indian airspace and adjoining oceanic areas. It also manages a total of 125 airports, including 11 international airports, 8 customs airports, 81 domestic airports and 25 civil enclaves at military airfields.

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