Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has canceled the outsourcing of major airports including the New Islamabad International Airport, Allama Iqbal International Airport (Lahore) and Jinnah International Airport (Karachi).
Only one day earlier i.e. on Sunday July 23, 2017, CAA invited the Request for Proposal (RFP) from the airport operators companies for outsourcing the airport services of the 3 aforementioned airports.
However, on Monday (today), CAA issued a public notice saying that Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to annul/cancel the Expression of Interest (EoI) and its subsequent bidding process conducted pursuant to the advertisement published on February 7, 2017 for outsourcing major airports, i.e. New Islamabad International Airport, Allama Iqbal International Airport (Lahore) and Jinnah International Airport (Karachi).
It is further informed that EoI for outsourcing of airports services published on July 23, 2017 stands cancelled.
On July 23, 2017 Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) invited Request for Proposals (RFPs) from international companies for outsourcing the services of the three major airports in the country.
As for the RFP, the operators would be responsible to complete and maintain the airports services under a license and shall also be responsible to undertake periodic approved development of airport infrastructure.
The scope of the work included:
- Airport services
- Commercial exploitation of airport
- Maintenance of allied infrastructure related to airport services
- Management of existing outsourced concession all the airports
- Provision of international standard ground handling services at the airport.
It is worth mentioning that CAA issued the EoI on February 7, 2017 for outsourcing these airports. As per the EoI, the interested companies would be responsible to undertake the “Operation, Management, Maintenance and Development” of aeronautical, non-aeronautical assets and land parcels in order to ensure effective management and development of facilities in and around such airports that are vital to safety and efficiency of airport operations and passenger satisfaction.
The scope of work included:
- Airport operation and management
- Passenger facilitation and handling
- Complete management of land and airside/aerodrome operations
- Maintenance and management of airport buildings, allied infrastructure including airside, equipment, systems, facilities etc.
- Ensure provision of adequate international standard 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