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The government of Saint Lucia (GoSL) together with the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) have launched a request for qualification (RFQ) for a PPP scheme for the Hewanorra International Airport (HIA).
GoSL through the SLASPA is seeking to shortlist private sector operators with proven experience in the aviation sector to operate, finance, develop, and maintain the airport under a long term concession agreement. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has been appointed by SLASPA as Lead Advisor on the structuring and implementation of the project.
With the objective to short-list interested investors, the GoSL and SLASPA are launching an invitation for prequalification applications from companies or consortia with experience in the airport sector. This Pre-Qualification is the initial stage of a bidding process, which will be launched at a later date. The concession contract is expected to be signed in 2016.
The project will include, among others, the realignment and extension of the runway turning bay, the development of a new technical tower, and the construction of additional parking spaces.
HIA is the main gateway to Saint Lucia and sees approximately 660,000 passengers each year. However, it faces severe congestion in its terminal and the area where aircraft are parked, unloaded and boarded. This significantly limits its ability to support current passenger traffic and future growth in traffic, which is expected to increase by 5.2% (compounded annual growth rate) over the next 20 years.
Interested parties should directly contact SLASPA, with a copy to the IFC coordinators, whose names and email addresses are provided in the link below.
See Invitation for Pre-Qualification:
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