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13 bid for GAIA

SHAWN CUMBERBATCH, shawncumberbatch@nationnews.com

Added 20 August 2020


Grantley Adams International Airport (Picture by Sandy Pitt)

Two groups with Barbados connections are among 13 entities vying for a multimillion-dollar public-private partnership (PPP) to operate the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA).

Williams Industries Inc., in consortium with VINCI Airports, and Jamaica’s Eppley Limited, which has business interests here and is partnering with organisations from Jamaica and France, were named among those that had prequalified to bid on the GAIA PPP.

This was announced yesterday by the GAIA Inc., chairman Vic Fernandes, who said this development paved the way for the launch of bidding later this year, as the authorities seek an experienced airport operator to run GAIA for up to 30 years.

In addition to the groups including Williams Industries Inc. and Eppley, the pre-qualified bidders named were Companhia de Participações em Concessões S.A. (Brazil); Corporación Aeroportuaria del Este, S.A.S. (Dominican Republic); Corporación Americas Airports S.A. (Luxembourg); daa International Limited (Ireland); Ferrovial Airports International SE (Spain); Groupe ADP (France); Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (Mexico); Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (Mexico); Incheon International Airport Corporation (South Korea); Schiphol Nederland B.V. (Amsterdam); and Vantage Airport Group Ltd. (Canada). (SC)

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Instead of an announcement via the Throne Speech, should Barbadians decide via referendum whether the country becomes a republic?