Chile's public works ministry (MOP) has unveiled plans to re-tender the concession for La Florida Airport in La Serena, where the current contract expires in January 2013.
According to Chile’s Foreign Investment Committee, the re-tender of the concession includes the expansion and remodelling of the passenger terminal and the expansion and improvement of the internal roads and car parking facilities.
Furthermore the contract will also cover the expansion of the aircraft parking apron and the construction of installations for the Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC).
The concession is currently held by Concesión Aeropuerto La Florida which invested $4 million into the gateway in 1998. The contract is due to expire in February 2013.
Under the new seven-year concession contract, the Foreign Investment Committee said the passenger terminal would be expanded from 3,200sqm to 4,500sqm, with an estimated investment of $5.5 million.
Bids for the project are to be called between the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, and the concession will start at the beginning of 2013. The new installations must be in operation in 2015.
According to reports in the local paper La Tercera, MOP deputy minister Loreto Silva, said the project should expand the airport's lifespan to 2020.