DOTR opens bidding for NAIA rehab

0
403
DOTR opens bidding for NAIA rehab
  • The Department of Transportation and Manila International Airport Authority are now seeking bidders for the contract to rehabilitate and operate Ninoy Aquino International Airport
  • The invitation to bid was posted on August 23
  • The 15-year contract involves the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of the country’s main gateway
  • It aims to increase the current annual capacity of NAIA to at least 62 million passengers from 35 million, and increase air traffic movement from 40 to 48 per hour

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) have opened the bidding for rehabilitation and operation of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), with the invitation to bid posted on August 23.

The 15-year contract involves the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of the country’s main gateway to address longstanding issues of inadequate capacity of passenger terminal buildings and restricted aircraft movement.

The contract will be under a rehabilitate-operate-expand-transfer arrangement, in accordance with Republic Act No. 6957, as amended by Republic Act No. 7718, otherwise known as the Build-Operate-and-Transfer Law and its 2022 revised implementing rules and regulations. The concession period may be extended for another 10 years.

The target date for pre-bid conference is September 22 while the submission of request and conduct of site visits are scheduled from August 28 to November 14. One-on-one meetings with prospective bidders will be done in two rounds, in October and in November.

The DOTr Pre-Qualification, Bids and Awards Committee eyes the issuance of the final bid bulletin and final version of the concession agreement on December 4, and the bid submission date on December 27.

Bidders may participate in the bidding process upon payment of a non-refundable participation fee P2.75 million or US$50,000 and submission of a letter appointing the authorized representative to execute the Non-Disclosure Undertaking for the grant of access to the Virtual Data Room; and duly executed Non-Disclosure Undertaking.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board approved in July the P170.6-billion solicited NAIA rehabilitation proposal under the public-private partnership (PPP). The approval effectively junked the P267-billion unsolicited proposal made by Manila International Airport Consortium to undertake the rehabilitation.

RELATED READS: NEDA oks NAIA rehab solicited proposal, ditches consortium’s bid

The proposed solicited NAIA PPP project was submitted to NEDA by DOTr and MIAA on June 2.

The private concessionaire is expected to invest in modern air traffic control equipment, rehabilitate runways and taxiways, and improve existing terminal facilities.

The project aims to increase the current annual capacity of NAIA to at least 62 million passengers from 35 million, and increase air traffic movement from 40 to 48 per hour.

DOTr undersecretary for aviation and airports Roberto Lim earlier said awarding of concession for the solicited NAIA project may be done by the first quarter of 2024.