NAIA rehab project attracts 5 potential bidders

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NAIA rehab project attracts 5 potential bidders
PortCalls file photo of Ninoy Aquino International Terminal 3.
  • Five firms secured bid documents for the rehabilitation and operation of Ninoy Aquino International Airport as of September 13
  • They are Asian Airport Consortium, India’s GMR Group, Manila International Airport Consortium, San Miguel Corp., and Spark 888 Management Inc.
  • The 15-year contract involves rehabilitation and operation of the country’s main gateway to address inadequate passenger capacity and restricted aircraft movement
  • 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

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) rehabilitation project has attracted five potential bidders.

As of September 13, Asian Airport Consortium, India’s GMR Group, Manila International Airport Consortium (MIAC), San Miguel Corp., and Spark 888 Management Inc have secured bid documents for the project, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

One of the five, MIAC—composed of Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc.; AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp.; Asia’s Emerging Dragon Corp.; Alliance Global-Infracorp Development, Inc.; Filinvest Development Corp.; JG Summit Infrastructure Holdings Corp.; and US-based Global Infrastructure Partners—earlier submitted a P267-billion unsolicited proposal to rehabilitate and develop NAIA for a period of 25 years.

The consortium’s proposal was, however, rejected in favor of a P170.6-billion solicited proposal under the public-private partnership approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board in July.

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Last August 23, DOTr and Manila International Airport Authority began looking for bidders for the 15-year NAIA contract involving 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.

DOTR opens bidding for NAIA rehab

The contract will fall 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 conducted 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.

The NAIA 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.