By June, the Sofia government must decide whether an Anglo-Chinese consortium, two German operators, Frances’ ADP or Copenhagen airport’s operator should run the capital’s increasingly busy and profitable airport.
Bulgarian authorities said they had accepted the offers of all five international bidders for the concession for Sofia Airport, the Bulgarian transport authority confirmed on Thursday.
Transport Minister Rossen Zhelyazkov announced that the selection procedure that will give the selected consortium a 35-year right to develop Bulgaria’s largest airport would be completed by the beginning of June.
Among the five bidders are Manchester Airports Group, a UK-based company that operates three airports, including London Stansted, Manchester and the East Midlands cargo airport.
The company transports close to 60 million travelers and 745,000 tons of cargo per year. All of the company’s airports have seen a major increase in traveler numbers and cargo of between 30 and 40 per cent since the company took over managing them.