Five consortia bid for Sofia Airport concession tender

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The Bulgarian Transport Ministry has received five bids in the concession tender launched for the Sofia Airport located in the country's capital. 

The five bidders listed by the ministry are following Airport operators from Britain, Germany, France, and Denmark:

  • Manchester Airport Group Overseas Investments Limited in consortium with British-registered BCEGI Construction, a wholly-owned unit of China's Beijing Construction Engineering Group
  • French infrastructure investor Meridiam Eastern Europe Investments with Flughafen Munchen;
  • Swiss-based SSB Sauerwein & Schaefer Bau with Copenhagen Airports A/S;
  • Fraport Bulgaria, a local unit of Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide;
  • Turkey’s TAV Havalimanlari Holding with Aeroports de Paris.

The tender requires the participating consortia to state which company would act as an airport operator.

The Manchester Airports Group operates the Manchester, East Midlands, and London Stansted airports. Fraport operates the Varna and Bourgas airports at the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. TAV Havalimanlari Holding holds the concession deal in several airports in Turkey, including the Istanbul Ataturk Airport, but also airports in Croatia and North Macedonia.

The assessment committee will open the bids on May 9. 

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