India seeks private bidders to operate Kolkata, Guwahati airports

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Airports Authority of India (AAI) has released requests for qualification from parties interested in operating Kolkata and Guwahati airports under a public-private partnership arrangement.

At Guwahati, AAI is seeking the successful bidder to undertake approximately Rp6 billion ($95.4 million) in capital improvements to the airport. These include the construction of a new multi-storey carpark, a 557m (1,830ft) extension of the runway and construction of a parallel taxiway at the airport. It adds that the final scope of the works will be decided at the bid stage of the process.

Bids for qualification are due by 11 November, with a shortlist of qualified parties expected to be announced on 20 November. From there, those qualified parties will have until 14 January 2014 to submit their full proposals.

Flightglobal’s FlightMaps Analytics shows that carriers fly from Guwahati to 22 destinations, mostly in India. It also has international services to Paro in Bhutan and Bangkok.

Kolkata airport’s successful bidder will be expected to undertake strengthening and grade correction on the main runway, as well as resurfacing the secondary runway at the airport. In addition, they will also have to build new hangars and install a CAT-II lighting system. The total project cost is estimated at Rp7 billion.

Applications for qualification are due by 15 November, with shortlisted qualifiers to be announced on 25 November. Qualified bidders will then be invited to submit their formal bids by 21 January 2014.

AAI has recently also advertised similar tenders for airports at Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and Chennai as part of a large push to involve the private sector in upgrading the country’s aviation infrastructure.