GMR-Megawide Consortium on Thursday asked the Transportation Department to proceed with the bidding of five regional airports worth P108.2 billion before President Benigno Aquino III steps down in July.
“We are sending a letter to inquire about the directions because there’s no clear direction. We want them to set direction,” GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. president Louie Ferrer said, referring to the Transportation Department.
The department earlier deferred the bid submission date for the five regional airports from March 28 to a maximum of 30 days, from the date when all final clearances and approvals were obtained from the concerned agencies.
“We’d rather submit bid now because the process was transparent. The next administration might review the project again and it will take time,” Ferrer said.
The Transportation Department earlier pre-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 for the project.
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 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 expand the 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 to enhance passenger safety and convenience and ensure more efficient airport operations.
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 expected in 2018.