August 25, 2008

Turkish Company Bids to Operate Macedonia’s International Airports

Text of report in English by Macedonian state news agency MIA

["Turkey TAV Sole Bid for Macedonia Airport" - MIA headline]

Skopje, August 25 - Turkish TAV Airports Holding "TAV" submitted the sole bid in a tender for the operation of two airports and construction of a new cargo terminal in Macedonia.

The tender includes rights to operate two international airports at Skopje and Ohrid for 20 years, as well as to construct Stip airport's cargo terminal.

Even with one offer, the tender procedure is valid and in line with laws, chairman of the evaluation documentation commission Igor Janusev said Monday [25 August].

TAV President Mustafa Sani Sener said the company's offer was rather favourable.

We are speaking about an investment of Euro 200 million, while the airports' annual passenger capacity is only at 680,000. If you believe in the future of your country, you will fight for this tender. If our offer is accepted, we shall do everything in our power to make the Macedonian airports the most competitive ones in the region, Sener said.

I believe that Macedonia will join the European Union and NATO, hence the number of passengers will gradually increase, he added.

The government has decided to offer a 20 year concession for Skopje and Ohrid airports "Alexander the Great" and "St Paul the Apostle" and the successful company is expected to modernise the infrastructure at both airports and expand the runway at Skopje. The concession agreement of Skopje airport includes refurbishing of its current facilities, namely improved electrical systems, x-ray equipment, development of the self-service check-in equipment, and construction of an administrative area within the terminal.

The chosen company will also have to participate in the construction of a third airport intended for cargo transport near Stip.

Originally published by MIA news agency, Skopje, in English 1452 25 Aug 08.

(c) 2008 BBC Monitoring European. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.