By Tyrone Jasper C. Piad | Philippine Daily Inquirer
September 14, 2023
MANILA -The P170.6-billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) rehabilitation project has drawn interest from five potential bidders, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The DOTr, in a Viber message, said that several entities bought bid documents for the public-private partnership project, including Manila International Airport Consortium (MIAC), San Miguel Corp. and GMR Group.
According to the invitation to bid, interested parties can access the concession agreement and other documents upon payment of P2.75-million participation fee. A pre-bid conference is slated for Sept. 22.
Previously, the MIAC lodged a P267-billion unsolicited Naia rehabilitation proposal, which includes shortening of passenger processing time by introducing modern technology like automated boarding gates and self check-in and bag-drop upgrades.
The consortium is composed of Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., Asia’s Emerging Dragon Corp., Alliance Global – Infracorp Development Inc., Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Infrastructure Holdings Corp. and Global Infrastructure Partners.
San Miguel is currently developing the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan. The airport project has a design capacity of up to 100 million passengers yearly, which is seen decongesting Naia, the country’s main gateway.
GMR, an Indian infrastructure developer, was part of the GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. that built and operated the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
Other entities that bought bid documents were Spark 888 Management Inc. and Asian Airport Consortium. Further details about these parties are yet to be disclosed.
The submission of bids is set for Dec. 27.
The airport project includes the rehabilitation of passenger terminals and airside facilities such as runway, aircraft parking area and airfield lighting; provision of facilities enabling intermodal transfer at the airport, and the construction of connection from Naia Terminal 3 to Metro Manila Subway, which is under development.