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Service providers at Long Thanh airport required to participate in competitive tenders

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HCMC – All enterprises seeking to invest in aviation and non-aviation services at the Long Thanh International Airport, which is under construction in the southern province of Dong Nai, must participate in competitive tenders, the Ministry of Transport announced.

According to the feasibility study for the first phase of the airport project approved by the Government, investors who want to supply services at the airport would be chosen by the Ministry of Transport.

The capital needed for these service facilities is estimated at VND5.93 trillion, which will be mobilized by investors.

According to the Ministry of Transport, the capital mobilization through tenders is feasible.

A representative of the ministry’s Planning and Investment Department said that under Government Decree 05/2021 on the management and operation of airports and a decision approving the Long Thanh International Airport project, investors of service facilities at airports must be chosen through bidding to ensure fairness and transparency for enterprises and that enterprises in the aviation sector will not be prioritized.

The ministry has assigned the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam to draft a circular on the bidding and concession of service provision at the airport.

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines had earlier proposed the Ministries of Transport and Planning-Investment and the Commission for the Management of State Capital at Enterprises allow it to invest nearly VND10 trillion to become a ground services provider for aviation fuel, in-flight meals, duty-free sales and ground technical, cargo terminal, aviation logistics and waiting lounge services at the airport.

Of the required investment, 30% will be sourced from Vietnam Airlines and the remainder from loans.

The airline also suggested that competent agencies issue special policies for it and other members of the Vietnam Airlines Group, including Pacific Airlines and the Vietnam Air Services Company, so that they can have enough infrastructure and land for their services at the airport.

Besides Vietnam Airlines, some other firms have proposed investing in services at the forthcoming airport.

By Le Anh

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