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Global bidding to select O&M partners for airports: Sinha

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Airports Authority of (AAI) will come out with a global competitive bidding process for selecting partners to carry out operation and maintenance works at some airports, the said today.

"AAI has decided for selection of O&M (Operation & Maintenance) partners through a global competitive bidding after obtaining approval of the competent authority," Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told the

The documents for O&M process are in place, he added.

He was responding to a question on whether the is considering international bidding process for choosing entities to operate and maintain some of the domestic airports.

To a query, Sinha said the proposed partnership with Singapore's Changi Airports International for O&M contracts for and airports "could not materialise as the fee demanded by them was not found financially viable to AAI".

The national airports' operator has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cooperation Enterprise for cooperation in various areas of the civil aviation sector.

One of the areas of cooperation under the MoU includes implementation of O&M at Indian airports.

"In terms of the MoU, the nominated Changi Airports International as an O&M contract partner for the and airport projects," the Minister said.

However, the partnership could not materialise due to financial viability issues.

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First Published: Tue, November 29 2016. 15:28 IST