ANKARA (Reuters) - Seven consortiums, including Germany’s Fraport (FRAG.DE) and Turkey’s Celebi (CLEBI.IS) and TAV (TAVHL.IS) are expected to bid in a tender for Istanbul’s second airport, officials told Reuters on Monday.
The tender, run by the government’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), is for the expansion and 20-year operating rights of Sabiha Gokcen airport on Istanbul’s Asian side.
The airport aims to boost passenger numbers to 13.5 million a year from around 3.5 million now.
The tender, initially set for Monday, will now take place on July 9. The offers will be opened in public but the bargaining part of the process is expected to be behind closed doors, the officials said.
According to the SSM officials, the partnerships expected to bid are:
Cukurova-Venedik-Vienna Investment Consortium; Malaysian Kuala Lumpur-Limak Partnership; U.S-based ATMG-Makyol Partnership; the Esas Holding-TAV (TAVHL.IS) Partnership; Fraport (FRAG.DE)-IC Holding Partnership; a partnership of Celebi (CLEBI.IS) and Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport; and a partnership of YDA Construction with China’s Haikou Meilan International Airport.
TAV operates airports in Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport. Esas Holding owns Turkish airline Pegasus.
ATM operates an airport in tourist hub Dalaman. Alarko and IC Holding-Fraport recently won a tender to run Antalya airport.
Sabiha Gokcen airport opened in 2001 and serves, among others, low-cost airline Easyjet (EZJ.L).