Nikola Tesla Airport: Deadline for submission of concession bids extended

Serbian government has extended the deadline for submission of concession bids for Nikola Tesla Airport. The prospective bidders can now submit their offers by 10th March, instead of 25th February which was the initial deadline.

The official explanation for extending the deadline is that “prospective bidders should be given enough time to collect the required documents and submit complete bids”.

Unofficially, the sources close to the Serbian government say that the deadline has been extended in order for the government to have as many bidders apply as possible, and to allow companies that are geographically quite far away from Serbia to submit their bids since the initial 15-day-deadline was too short.

The government still hasn’t revealed whether any companies have already submitted their bids. Additionally, Nikola Tesla Airport requires all prospective bidders to sign confidentiality agreement before submitting their concession offers.

To remind, back in August, Serbian PM, Aleksandar Vucic called Nikola Tesla Airport “a golden goose”, alluding to its profitability and financial potential. He also said that the concession deal would be on the table for 350 million EUR. “Plus, there is the concession fee that could range between 10 and 15 million EUR per year, so you do the math. We have turned the airport into the golden goose of the Balkans, not only Serbia”, the PM was quoted as saying.

The prospective bidders are required to have already managed an airport that has had at least 5 million passengers annually in the last 10 years, that it owns assets worth over 500 million EUR, and that it has available financial resources.

(Politika, 23.02.2017)

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