Five Consortia Bid To Operate Chile's Main Gateway

2nd Jan 2015

The Chilean Public Works Ministry confirmed to the media that they received bids from five consortia, most of which are foreign-based groups with existing airport operations in their portfolio.

The Chilean government has invited interested groups or companies to submit their bids for the modernization, expansion, and operations of its main international gateway, Santiago's Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport.

Some of the bidders currently operate major airports in London, Paris and Rome. Among those who submitted their bids include two of Spain's multinational companies, Ferrovial and OHL. Both companies are into infrastructure building and transport concessions, as among their varied business interests.

Other foreign-based companies who submitted their bids come from France and Italy.

According to Chile's Public Works Minister, Alberto Undurraga, the winning bid will be announced on February 4, 2015.

Once a concession is awarded to the lucky bidder, they will take over the operation of the airport on the date as indicated on the bid documents, which is October 2015.

By then, they can start upgrading the facilities of the airport to comply with global standard, as well as expansion of the terminal capacity.

The tender calls for the modernization of the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport that would transform it into a world-class airport and expand its existing capacity.

The winning bidder will also need to build a new and separate international terminal building which will increase the airport's capacity to 30 million passengers annually.

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