Twenty-seven non-binding offers have been submitted for the 25-year concession of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, the Serbian Ministry for Construction, Transport and Infrastructure has said as the deadline for the first phase of the process passed over the weekend. Among the 27 are companies from France, Germany, China, Japan, Greece, Turkey, Russia, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Poland, Cyprus, Switzerland, India and South Korea. A total of four bids each came from China and France, while three were submitted from Russia and Turkey, and two from Greece. While the government said it will not be revealing the names of the bidders, all have since been leaked by the press (as listed below).
|Manchester Airports Group||UK|
|Zurich International Airport||Switzerland|
|Incheon International Airport Corporation||South Korea|
|Hubco Netherlands BV - Ferrovial Airports||Netherlands/Spain|
|China National Aero Tehnology &|
HNA Airport Group Co. LTD Consortium
|Shenzhen Airport Group Co.||China|
|China State Construction|
Engineering Corporation Limited
|Jiangsu Nantong Liujian Construction Group Co.||China|
|Egis Airport Operation||France|
|Kalyon Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi||Turkey|
|Società per Azioni Esercizi Aeroportuali S.E.A||Italy|
|Airports of Regions Management Company||Russia|
|Herbert Smith Freehills CIS||Russia|
The state has begun evaluating the bids based on financial and operational criteria, for which they will be given a score out of ten. This is expected to last up to a month. Afterwards, those that meet the requirements, and are scored the highest, will be invited to take part in phase two where they will have to submit binding bids within 75 calendar days. "The deadline for the submission of non-binding bids expired last Friday. We began evaluating the proposals on Sunday afternoon. We are not selling the airport, we are giving it up for concession. With so many bids and such competition, we believe we will secure an excellent deal both for Nikola Tesla Airport and our country. With so many offers, it will not come easy for the government to select the best one", the Minister for Transport, Zorana Mihajlović, said.
Commenting on the process, the Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, said he expects for a concession agreement to be signed by December or January next year, noting that "we are not in a hurry". "During the selection process we will take note of the quality, value and financial offer. We have to find the best, take the most and earn the most for our country. Capacity will be increased and the airport will be overhauled. A decision on whether a second runway is necessary will be discussed with the concessioner. Everything will stay in our ownership but someone else will invest significantly. We can manage all of this because we have a successful national airline and a sound airport".