An international tender issued by the Israeli Airports Authority will change the maintenance business at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv.
The tender, issued on a design, build, operate, transfer basis, will create a new maintenance centre at Israel’s main international airport.
At the moment, maintenance at Ben Gurion is carried out by Israeli flag carrier El Al and the Bedek group of Israel Aerospace Industries.
The tender aims to select a company from Israel or abroad to build a hangar and supply maintenance services.
The contract will be for a period of seven years, with an option for a further three.
The hangar will be capable of maintaining Boeing 767-sized aircraft and have an adjacent services building. It will have easy access the airport’s taxiways .
Local sources say there is much potential for maintenance work in Israel and that the new centre will attract many operators to the country.
That potential is also based on the new open-skies agreement recently signed between Israel and the EU. This is expected to bring new airlines to Israel, some of whom may decide to maintain their aircraft in the country, the sources add.