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Unofficial airport bids published

FOREIGN strategic partners are willing to pay at least €400 million to buy a 66-percent stake in Slovakia's biggest two airports.

FOREIGN strategic partners are willing to pay at least €400 million to buy a 66-percent stake in Slovakia's biggest two airports.

The Pravda daily reported that three out of four investors are ready to pay between Sk13 to 14 billion (€344 to €371 million) for the Bratislava airport and around Sk1 billion (€25.5 million) for the Košice airport.

The economic weekly Trend published unofficial information regarding the offered bids as well. An online article appearing December14 said that the TwoOne consortium, consisting of Vienna International Airport and Penta, was offering Sk6 billion (€159 million) for the Bratislava airport, plus a deposit of Sk7.9 billion (€209 million).

It also said that Abertis and J&T were offering Sk3.3 billion (€87 million) plus a deposit of Sk9.7 billion (€257 million), and that the ISAP group was offering a total of Sk10.3 billion (€273 million).

Transport Ministry spokesman Tomáš Šarluška refused to comment on the unofficial figures or confirm whether any were authentic.

Meanwhile, ISAP representative Ľubomír Šoltýs said the figures were incorrect and that its offer was "much higher".

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