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Three binding bids have been submitted by foreign and local firms to lease 14 of the country’s 39 regional airports under the national asset sales plan, where the aim was to raise EUR 5 bln, but only 3 bln worth of assets have been sold since 2010. The initial target had been for EUR 22 bln in the four year period.
The privatisation agency HRADF announced on Friday that Germany’s Fraport in cooperation with Slentel Ltd, Argentina’s Corporation America holding company and the industrial giant Mytilineos, and the French Vinci Group with construction group Ellaktor, have bid for the airports.
In all, seven groups had been short-listed last year to operate and upgrade airport terminals at some of the most popular tourist islands, such as Rhodes, Corfu, Mykonos and Santorini, handling a record 19.2 mln tourists last year.
The privatisation agency said it would pick the winner by the end of November, with the new investors expected to inject EUR 250-300 mln to upgrade the facilities.