The Adani group has topped the bid to operate the Thiruvananthapuram international airport, outbidding Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) and GMR Group which operates the Delhi and Hyderabad airports.
In case Adani gets the offer, likely to be announced by Airports Authority of India (AAI) on February 28 or March 1, it will a bonus since it is building the Vizhinjam transhipment terminal in Thiruvanthapuram on a build, operate, transfer (BOT) basis.
The Adani group is also the highest bidder for four other airports - Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Mangaluru and Jaipur. This is part of the Central Government strategy to privatise six airports to provide “world-class infrastructure and services” on public-private partnership (PPP) basis. The airports are presently run by AAI.
The bid for Guwahati airport will be opened on Tuesday. The selection is based on the monthly per-passenger fee.
There were three bids for the Thiruvananthapuram airport. According to sources, while the Adani group quoted Rs 168 to be spent on a passenger, state-owned KSIDC bid was for Rs 135 and GMR Rs 63.
Kerala Government had opposed the privatisation plan. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said the Thiruvananthapuram airport could be run by it on the lines of the Cochin international airport, the first PPP airport venture in the country.