|The new terminal of Calcutta airport
The Airports Authority of India on Friday invited bids to operate and manage the facilities at Calcutta airport.
The selected private bidder or concessionaire would be given the contract to run the cityside and part of the airside of the airport, said an official. “The company will hire agencies to run various facilities and will oversee the operations.”
The shortlist of concessionaires for Calcutta, Guwahati and Jaipur airports will be announced on November 25, 20 and 11, respectively. The corresponding bid dates are January 21, 14 and 7.
Metro had earlier reported that the AAI would hire concessionaires to set up several facilities.
According to an official, the selected private parties would have to invest Rs 700 crore, Rs 600 crore and Rs 550 crore for carrying out work at Calcutta, Guwahati and Jaipur airports, respectively.
The cityside of an airport has airline offices, passenger amenities such as retail stores, food courts and duty free areas, and other facilities. The airside is the area beyond security control, accessible only to the airport staff and passengers.
Sources said the bids are being invited as part of the process to allow private parties to pick up 100 per cent equity in operation and management of the airports through public-private partnership.
“But the model will be different from that of Mumbai, Delhi or Bangalore airport, where the private operator had built the airport from scratch. In Calcutta, the new terminal has been built by the AAI,” an official pointed out.