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Seven Philippine consortia have prequalified to bid for the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) project, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announced recently.

The qualified bidders are Metro Pacific Investments Corp.-JG Summit Holdings Inc. Airport Consortium, AAA Airport Partners, Filinvest-CAI Consortium, SMC-Incheon Airport Consortium, First Philippine Airports Consortium, Premier Airport Group and GMR Infrastructure-Megawide Consortium.

The MPIC-JGS consortium is led by MPIC-JGS Airport Holdings Inc., a joint venture between Metro Pacific Investments Corp and JG Summit.

The AAA Airport Partners of Aboitiz Equity Ventures and Ayala Corp is led by A2 Airport Partners and ADC&HAS Airports Worldwide Inc.

The other qualified bidders are SMC-Incheon Consortium, led by Incheon International Airport Corp., the Filinvest-CAI Consortium between Filinvest Development Corp and Changi Airport MENA Ltd Pte; the First Philippine Airports consortium led by First Philippine Holdings Inc., Premier Airport Group led by SM Investments Corp., and GMR Infrastructure-Megawide Consortium is led by Megawide Construction Corp.

The MPIC-JGS consortium tapped France’s Aeroports De Lyon as airport operation and maintenance (O&M) provider, while the Aboitiz-Ayala-led consortium tapped US-based Houston Airports System.

The SMC-Incheon Consortium group’s airport O&M provider is South Korea’s Incheon International Airport Corp, and Filinvest -CAI Consortium’s, Changi Airport Saudi Ltd.

The First Philippine Airports consortium’s O&M provider is New Zealand’s Wellington International Airport Ltd, NZ Airports Ltd and Infratil Ltd.

Premier Airport Group tapped Switzerland-based Flughafen Zurich AG to provide O&M, while the GMR-Megawide consortium’s O&M provider is Delhi International Airport Ltd and GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.

The deadline for submission of the technical bids is August 2 and for the financial bids, August 23. The notice of award is scheduled on September 17.

Earlier, DOTC revised its auction criteria to allow companies with interest in airlines to join a consortium that would bid for the project. The change was meant “to encourage broader participation in the bid, in order to provide government with more competitive proposals from the private sector.”

To protect against a potential conflict-of-interest situation during the operation stage, DOTC and Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) said they would include strict competition safeguards in the concession agreement.

The P17.5-billion project, one of the Aquino administration’s public-private partnership (PPP) ventures,  involves construction of a new world-class international passenger terminal building in MCIA with a capacity of about 8 million passengers a year; and renovation and expansion of the existing terminal.

The project also includes installation of all the required equipment and the operation of both new and existing facilities at the airport.

At the completion of the new international terminal building, the existing terminal that caters to both domestic and international passengers will be converted into an exclusively domestic passenger terminal.

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