Bulgaria’s transport ministry has disclosed that a consortium of French group ADP and Turkey’s TAV Airports Holding made the highest bid in the tender to operate Sofia airport.
All five bidders remain in the race after the offers were opened today, the ministry says, adding that the bids will be closely studied before a winner is selected.
ADP and TAV offered an annual concession fee of €32.8 million ($36.8 million) and proposed investment of €903 million in the airport.
The SSB Sofia Airport consortium, which includes SSB Sauerwein and Schaefer Bau along with Copenhagen Airports, bid €26 million euros as the annual fee but did not specify the amount of investment to be made.
A consortium of Munich Airport with Meridiam Eastern Europe Investments set out an annual fee of €24.5 million and investments of €608 million. Frankfurt airport operator Fraport meanwhile proposed an annual concession fee of €21 million and investments of about €615 million.
Manchester Airports Group bid in co-operation with Chinese construction company BCEG and proposed the lowest annual fee, of €19.9 million, and investments of just over €1 billion.