Eight groups bought bid documents for the 25-year operation and maintenance contract of Clark International Airport in Pampanga province, according to state-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority.
BCDA said Megawide-GMR Consortium, Metro Pacific Investment Corp., Filinvest Development Corp., San Miguel Holdings Corp., Prime Assets Venture, Central Luzon Infrastructure Consultancy Inc. Consortium, GVK Airport Developers Ltd., and Groupe ADP purchased bid documents for the 25-year contract to operate and maintain the airport.
Twenty-two other bidders attended the pre-bid conference Monday, but they had not yet procured bid documents.
They included Zurich Airport, Sojitz Philippines Corp., Deloitte, VCorp Holdings, Udenna Corp., Malaysia Airports, Ayesa Engineering, Clarkfield Aviation Services, Mitsubishi Corp., Macquarie, JG Summit Holdings Inc., Halder and Associates, PAL Express, Samsung, Aboitiz Infra Capital, PSI Air, Air Asia, Evercon Builders, Miescor Logistics Inc., Century Properties and AviAlliance.
“The government intends to partner with a world-class international airport operator for the O&M, which is expected to be awarded by Aug. 30,” BCDA president and chief executive Vivencio Dizon said.
BCDA said it would hold one-on-one meetings with prospective bidders on May 21 to 23. Bid submission was scheduled on July 20, to be followed by a post-qualification on Aug. 7. The target awarding of O&M contract is on Aug. 30, 2018.
It said the selection of the concessionaire would follow a competitive bid in accordance with the Build-Operate-Transfer law.
Clark International Airport is the second main gateway in Luzon, and the new 100,000-square-meter terminal would double its capacity to eight million passengers a year, easing the strain on Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque City and boosting development of Central Luzon.
Clark International Airport is envisioned to be Asia’s next premier gateway. It now has an annual capacity of four million passengers. Airlines operating in Clark include Qatar Airways, Cebu Pacific, Tigerair, Jin Air, Asiana Airlines, Dragon Air, AirAsia Berhad, Philippine Airlines and Emirates Airlines.
These airlines mount flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Macau, Pudong, Incheon, Doha, Dubai, Davao, Cebu, and Kalibo.
Megawide-GMR earlier won the bidding for the construction of a new passenger terminal in Clark Airport, when it submitted the lowest financial proposal of P9.36 billion on Dec. 14.
Megawide-GMR also won a 25-year concession agreement in December 2013 that involved the renovation of Terminal 1 of Mactan Cebu airport and the design, financing, construction, and operation of a second terminal. It submitted the highest bid of P14.4 billion.