New Delhi, Jan 16: Taking yet another policy decision for the revival of domestic airlines, the apex body Airports Authority of India has decided to introduce the private players for building the terminal at Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
Speaking to the media Chairman of Airports Authority of India, Guruprasad Mohapatra informed that the private sector will soon be looking after the management of the airport terminal buildings in Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
“We will replace all our manpower there. The private sector operator who wins the bid to manage the airports will be given a clean slate” said Mohapatra. He further added that the existing machinery deployment will be there but it is for private entity to add other efficiencies to it in terms of machinery and managerial efficiencies. The contract for airport terminal management will be for 15 years.
The select areas include passenger terminal building, including the airport operations control centre, fire control room, kerb side approach road and passenger boarding bridges, apron area, including provision of ground handling services through approved ground handling and surface car park, among others, as per the bid document.
Briefing about the ongoing administrative processes AAI Chairman said that, Tenders for handing over airport terminal management at Jaipur and Ahmedabad are already out and the winner will be the party which quotes the lowest cost for managing the airports as well as the highest revenue increase.
There will be a stakeholder meeting for those planning to participate in the bidding process for the two airports in early February and the Authority hopes to hand over the contract before the end of March 2017. The current AAI employees at the two airports will be redeployed at other airports that the state owned airport operator manages, the Chairman added.
This is the second attempt by central Government for bringing the private sector in the management of terminal buildings at Ahmedabad and Jaipur. Earlier in November 2015, the Governments of India and Singapore signed an agreement for Singapore airport developer Changi being nominated for taking up the operations and management of the two Indian airports.
Informing about the various new initiatives by AAI Chairman stated that Authority is planning to provide an `e-enabled flying experience’ at Vijaywada and Vadodara’s new airports where everything will be e-enabled.