Chile's government has revealed that eight companies are in the running for the re-concession of La Florida Airport in the region of La Serena.
The eight prequalified companies include Agunsa, A-Port Chile, Echeverría Izquierdo, Belfia, Icafal Inversiones, OHL Concesiones, Trébol Arauco and Grupo Odinsa.
In November last year, the public works ministry (MOP) announced plans to re-tender the concession for the gateway, 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 construction of installations for the Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC).
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 – $7.5 million.
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.
Technical and economic offers are due May 15 this year, with the latter scheduled to be opened June 6 2012.