Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has extended the date for bids to outsource airport operations in Pakistan. CAA set the new deadline of June 03,2017 in this regard.
Bidders can submit their proposals till midnight of June 3. Terms and conditions of these bids have not undergone any change.
This is the third time CAA has extended its bids submission date. According to CAA, the first such advertisement was published in February 07, and for the submission of bids March 23, 2017 was set. This deadline was extended to May 24 2017. Now CAA again wants to extend the bidding date up to June 3.
Sources told ProPakistani that some regional companies are taking interest in the management of airports. Qatar, Turkey, China and French companies have shown their interest in this regard as well.
Jinnah International Airport – Karachi, New Islamabad International Airport, and Allama Iqbal International Airport – Lahore, will be outsourced to new management in the 1st phase. CAA wants to offer the airports’ management to international firms who have experience in professional management of Airport Operation and Development.
CAA will handover its aeronautical, non-aeronautical assets and land parcels to the successful bidders.
The following work and responsibilities will be handed over to qualifying firms:
- Airport operation and management.
- Passenger facilitation and handling.
- Land and airside/aerodrome operations.
- Airport buildings, allied infrastructure (airside, equipment, systems, facilities) maintenance and management.
- Ground handling facilities.
- Develop and exploit commercial concessions, airport retails, etc.
- Future development and expansion of airports infrastructure including runways, terminal building/satellites, avio-bridge, taxiways, cargo village, car parks, maintenance and repair organization, etc.
CAA workers and staff are protesting against this move and they have demanded a stop to the outsourcing proposal. They said that due to this move about 6000 employees will lose their jobs. CBA claims that the CAA management is cracking down employee protest and taking retaliation against the leadership of the labor unions. CAA employees say that they will take every step to stop this privatization of airports.