26 companies compete for $700m Indonesian airport project

Some 26 companies including big airport operators and contractors like Bechtel and Vinci are in the running for a $700m public-private partnership scheme to develop and operate an international airport on the island of Lombok in Indonesia.

Indonesia wants to turn Lombok into the country’s second tourist destination after Bali, hence the planned expansion of the existing airport there, Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International, completed in 2011.

Angkasa Pura Airports, which is running the scheme, is looking for a strategic partner.

The chosen company or companies will operate and extend the airport over 30 years.

Airport operators prequalified by Angkasa are Royal Schiphol from the Netherlands, Incheon Airport from Korea, Changi Airport from Singapore, GMR Airport from India, Malaysia Airport and Munich Airport.

The contractors and transport companies that have applied are:

  • Astra Infra, Adhi Karya, and Waskita Karya of Indonesia
  • Aena Internacional and Aertec Solutions of Spain.
  • Bechtel from the US
  • China Construction
  • DAA International of Ireland
  • Fraport from Germany
  • Itochu Corporation, Toyota Tsusho and Mitsubishi from Japan
  • Lotte E&C from Korea
  • Scott Brownrigg, CU Phosco and Serco from the UK
  • Titan Global Group from Singapore
  • Vinci, ADP International and Egis from France.

Faik Fahmi, the president of Angkasa Pura Airports, commented: "We appreciate the high interest of 26 potential strategic partners who come from the best airport managers in the world …

"Prospective partners are also expected to be able to promote Lombok as one of the best tourism destinations that Indonesia has to offer the world so that it will support increased air traffic and foreign tourists in the country."

The next procurement stage will involve the evaluation of qualification documents, with a shortlist announced before the end of January.

Image: Lombok International was completed in 2011 (Fathul Azis/CC BY-SA 3.0)

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