Air­ports con­tract to be signed by year-end

Kathimerini English - - Focus - VANGELIS MANDRAVELIS

State sell-off fund TAIPED ex­pects the Ger­man-Greek Fra­port-Sien­tel con­sor­tium to sign the con­tract for the con­ces­sion of 14 re­gional air­ports by the end of the year. The trans­ac­tion and the de­liv­ery of the ter­mi­nals to the pre­ferred bid­der will take place next year, af­ter the ful­fill­ment of the con­di­tions in­cluded in the deal.

TAIPED chair­man Ster­gios Pit­sior­las told Kathimerini that, in the con­text of the ten­der for the con­ces­sion of the ter­mi­nals, the fund has asked for the re­newal of the letters of guar­an­tee that ex­pire at the end of this month.

He added that although the pre­ferred bid­der has been an­nounced, the fact that the con­tract has not yet been signed forces all par­tic­i­pants in the ten­der to re­new their letters of guar­an­tee. There have al­ready been pos­i­tive re­sponses from the con­sor­tiums of Cor­po­ra­tion Amer­ica-METKA and of Vin­ciAk­tor, with the re­sponse by Fra­port-Sien­tel still pend­ing.

Pit­sior­las es­ti­mates that the air­ports will likely be de­liv­ered af­ter next sum­mer, as it is cru­cial for both the cho­sen bid­der and the ad­min­is­tra­tions of the air­ports to have the man­age­ment changes take place out­side the peak tourism sea­son.

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