New cabinet to decide on airport

THE FUTURE of M. R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava is to be decided by the government of Robert Fico following his victory in the parliamentary elections on March 10. Last year the Transport Ministry headed by Ján Figeľ, leader of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), said it wanted to select a concessionaire for the largest airport in the country for a period of 30 years. The collapse of Iveta Radičová’s cabinet grounded this plan and it is now up to the next government to decide whether the airport will be operated in the long-term by a concessionaire or the current status quo will remain, the SITA newswire wrote.

THE FUTURE of M. R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava is to be decided by the government of Robert Fico following his victory in the parliamentary elections on March 10. Last year the Transport Ministry headed by Ján Figeľ, leader of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), said it wanted to select a concessionaire for the largest airport in the country for a period of 30 years. The collapse of Iveta Radičová’s cabinet grounded this plan and it is now up to the next government to decide whether the airport will be operated in the long-term by a concessionaire or the current status quo will remain, the SITA newswire wrote.

According to the KDH, the lack of state resources for the airport’s development means that the use of private capital is one of the only realistic options.

The tender for choosing advisers for the selection of a concessionaire was launched last August, and 11 companies enrolled. After the fall of the cabinet the process was halted and the final decision has been left for the next government.

Radičová’s cabinet used the same scenario for the tender to select an adviser to help find a strategic partner for the railway company Cargo.

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