MAHB not bid­ding for Jed­dah air­port job

> Com­pany be­lieved to have de­cided to fo­cus on man­ag­ing op­er­a­tions at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gok­cen In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter failed coup in Turkey

The Sun (Malaysia) - - MEDIA & MARKETING - BY EVA YEONG

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Malaysia Air­ports Hold­ings Bhd (MAHB) has dropped plans to bid for a con­tract to op­er­ate and man­age the new ter­mi­nal at Saudi Ara­bia’s King Ab­du­laziz In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KAIA) in Jed­dah.

Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Aziz Kaprawi told Sun­Biz that MAHB did not sub­mit a bid for the con­tract.

It is un­der­stood that the air­port oper­a­tor de­cided to fo­cus on its op­er­a­tions at Sabiha Gok­cen In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SGIA) af­ter a failed at­tempt to over­throw Turkey’s elected govern­ment on July 15. The failed coup fol­lowed an at­tack on Istanbul Atatürk Air­port just weeks be­fore.

Aziz said MAHB has “put on hold” its de­ci­sion on whether to par­tic­i­pate in the KAIA project.

MAHB was one of the four po­ten­tial bid­ders short­listed for the con­tract to op­er­ate and man­age the new ter­mi­nal, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the mid­dle of 2017.

Aziz had told theSun in March that the Saudi au­thor­i­ties in­vited MAHB to par­tic­i­pate in the bid­ding ex­er­cise based on the air­port oper­a­tor’s good track record in man­ag­ing in­ter­na­tional air­ports.

MAHB was tipped as a fron­trun­ner for the job, due to its ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in man­ag­ing huge vol­umes of Mus­lim air trav­ellers com­pared with the three other bid­ders, who were from Sin­ga­pore, France and Turkey.

Ac­cord­ing to Aziz, the bid­ding ex­er­cise was sup­posed to be com­pleted in July this year. It is not known whether the three other bid­ders had sub­mit­ted their bids.

To date, the Saudi au­thor­i­ties have not made any an­nounce­ment on the bid­ding ex­er­cise.

Aziz said MAHB has also put on hold its de­ci­sion to bid for a job at Taif air­port’s new ter­mi­nal, fol­low­ing its de­ci­sion to with­draw from the bid­ding ex­er­cise for the KAIA new ter­mi­nal job.

The deputy min­is­ter had said that MAHB was in­vited to bid for the job as oper­a­tor of Taif air­port’s new ter­mi­nal, fol­low­ing the Saudi au­thor­i­ties’ de­ci­sion to con­vert the air­port into the sec­ondary gate­way to cater to Mus­lim trav­ellers dur­ing the Haj sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to fi­nan­cial news por­tal Ar­gaam.com, Turkey’s TAV Air­port, France’s VINCI Con­struc­tion and MAHB were the bid­ders for the Taif air­port job, which in­cludes the de­sign, op­er­a­tion and con­struc­tion of Taif In­ter­na­tional Air­port un­der a full pri­vate-pub­lic part­ner­ship model.

MAHB did not re­spond to queries from Sun­Biz as at press time.

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