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Turkish Firm Wins Bid to Manage Macedonia’s Airports

September 2, 2008

Text of report in English by Macedonian state news agency MIA

Skopje, 2 September: The government, under a recommendation of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, selected Turkish TAV Airports Holding for best bidder 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.

The concessionaire is obliged to register a company for special purpose and sign the concession agreement with the government within 14 days after being notified on the government’s decision.

The government has decided to offer a twenty year concession for Skopje and Ohrid Airports “Alexander the Great” and “St. Paul the Apostle” and the successful company is expected to modernize 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 1327 2 Sep 08.

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