Aboitiz, SMC qualify to bid in five airports

Five groups have qualified to bid for P108.2 billion worth of contracts to develop, operate and maintain five regional airports under the government’s public-private partnership program, the Transportation Department said over the weekend.

The Transport Department said it qualified Maya Consortium led by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Philippine Airports Consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., San Miguel Holdings Corp.-IIAC Airport Consortium, GMR-Megawide Consortium and Filinvest-JATCO-Sojitz Consortium.

The department said the five were rated as qualified after a full and detailed evaluation of the qualification documents submitted to the Prequalification, Bids and Awards Committee.

Union Equities-ACSA Consortium was disqualified to participate in the auction for the regional airport projects.

Aboitiz Equity teamed up with Vinci Airports of France to form the Maya Consortium, while San Miguel Holdings Corp. tapped Incheon International Airport Corp. to create SMHC-IIAC Airport Corp.

Metor Pacific teamed up with Aeroports de Paris Management SA, while Filinvest tapped Japan Airport Terminal Corp. and Sojitz Corp.

The five provincial airports included in the PPP bundle are the P20.26-billion Bacolod-Silay International Airport and the P30.4-billion Iloilo International Airport under package 1, and the P14.62-billion Laguindingan Airport, P2.34-billion New Bohol (Panglao) Airport and P40.57-billion Davao International Airport under package 2.

The winning concessionaires for each airport bundle will handle the operation and maintenance of the airports for 30 years and excpand facilities.

Aside from the operation and maintenance, the contract will require the winner to expand the terminal, apron, airside and landside facilities to address future demand.

The improvements are needed in order to enhance passenger safety and convenience as well as to ensure more efficient airport operations.

The opening of bids is scheduled in January 2016, while awarding will follow in February.

GMR-Megawide earlier won the contract to develop and operate the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

The Mactan Airport project will include the construction of a new passenger terminal and renovation of the existing one, as well as the provision of new commercial facilities. This would increase passenger capacity to 12.5 million a year.

The project will be developed under a 25-year concession agreement for the operation of both terminals and commercial outlets. Project completion is slated for 2020.

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