Adani Group Wins Bid to Operate Ahmedabad Airport along with 4 other

The Adani Group which is lead by Gautam Adani, wins the bid to operate 5 Airports which includes Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Mangaluru and Jaipur. The Government has kept 6 airports for privatisation. The bids for the sixth airport Guwahati will open on Tuesday.

In November last year, the government had cleared a proposal for managing six AAI-run airports on public-private partnership (PPP) basis. Airports Authority of India - AAI chose the winner on the basis of "monthly per-passenger fee". The official said the bids put by Adani group were "very aggressive" as compared to other bidders.

The move to manage the six airports on PPP basis, according to AAI, is part of an initiative to provide world-class infrastructure and services to stakeholders.

The five airports would be handed over to Adani group after completion of formalities, the AAI official said. A total of 32 technical bids were received from 10 companies to operate six airports currently under AAI's management.

The AAI said in a press statement that, as per passenger fee, the Adani group put in a bid of Rs 177, Rs 174, Rs 171, Rs 168 and Rs 115 for airports at Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru, respectively. The per passenger fee would be paid by the Adani group to the AAI.

The Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports received seven bids each. Those at Lucknow and Guwahati received six bids each. Mangaluru and Thiruvananthapuram received three bids each.

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