Slovakia will lease M. R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava for a period of 30 years, Transport Minister Ján Figeľ said after a government session on Wednesday, March 16. He added that the process – including the choice of a suitable consultant with international experience, as well as the tender to find a concessionaire – should be terminated by June 2012.
Figeľ is due to submit a comprehensive, detailed plan to be dealt with by the government before the end of April. From the outset, the Transport Ministry wanted the airport to be leased to a private contractor for a maximum of 30 years, but the Finance Ministry later suggested a term of 40-50 years. "A shorter rental period would reduce the investor's motivation to invest in the airport's development," the Finance Ministry argued, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
A recent analysis used by the Transport Ministry stated that Bratislava Airport’s necessary investment needs are expected to reach at least €350 million. These needs include the reconstruction and extension of the runway, an increase in the amount of space for planes in front of the terminals, and other modifications.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Mar 2011 at 10:00