Croatias Zagreb Airport trade unions against concession to French consortium.

By bne IntelliNews February 27, 2012
The trade unions of Croatia's Zagreb Airport said that the government's decision to accept the bid of French consortium Zagreb Airport International Company (ZAIC) for a 30-year concession was a mistake, news agency HINA reported. The concession model was wrong and damaging for the airport's development, HINA quoted the trade union's spokesman, Ante Dujic, as saying. He added the union had expected the government would have cancelled the tender, stressing that the airport could finance its expansion via own sources. ZAIC, controlled by Aeroports de Paris and industrial group Bouygues in cooperation with local partners, filed the sole valid bid last year in Croatia's tender to award concession on its Zagreb Airport. ZAIC offered a 30-year fixed concession of an overall EUR 87.2mn in addition to a variable concession fee that would be calculated as a percentage of the gross revenue. The 30-year concession includes the construction of a new passenger terminal as well as the management and operations of the existing one and the adjusted infrastructure. A second bid, filed by a consortium of Swiss airport operator Flughafen Zurich and Austria's Strabag was declared invalid since a lot of the required information was missing.

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