The National Procurement Authority of Afghanistan is seeking a sizeable consultant to conduct a feasibility study for a new international airport in Jalalabad, as the city’s existing airport is used solely by the US Armed Forces for military purposes.
Interested parties must have an annual turnover of at least $1.2m and experience of at least one contract worth $800,000 or more.
Expressions of interest are due by close of 10 October, Kabul time.
According to a prospectus seen by GCR, the feasibility study will be used as a basis for the master planning of the new airport’s construction, and the development of a suitable financing and implementation strategy.
Afghanistan’s new Civil Aviation Authority, described in the prospectus has having a "young and energetic leadership", wants to develop aviation in the country to boost business, tourism, and in-country travel.
Jalalabad, in eastern Nangarhar province, is the country’s fifth largest city, with a population of 350,000, 150km by road from the capital, Kabul.
The Civil Aviation Authority hopes the new airport, when operational in 2035, could boost the economy of the region and be an alternative to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport.
Terms of reference for the feasibility study project can be obtained from the National Procurement Authority.
Image: Aerial view of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in 2012 (Bryan Battaglia/US Armed Forces/Wikimedia Commons)