7 Firms Bid for Management of Ataturk Airport Terminals
By Mustafa Gun

Zaman, Turkey
June 1 2005

Published: Wednesday 01, 2005

The new managing company of Ataturk Airport International and Domestic
terminals will be determined through a tender scheduled for June 10.

The company that provides the highest bid in a closed envelope bid will
win the lease for the international and domestic airport terminals for
a period of 15.5 years. Meanwhile, the date of tender determined for
June 3, was postponed for a week when some of the bidders confirmed
that they were not yet prepared.

Alsim Alarko will join the bidding with Corporacion America SA, owned
by an Argentinean businessman of Armenian-origin, Eduardo Eurnekian.

The head of Eurnekian is at the same time one of the partners of a
consortium that operates 32 airports in Argentina.

Eurnekian is also making significant investments in the agricultural
sector in Argentina, other American countries, and Armenia; has also
recently taken control of the operation of Zvartnots International
Airport in Armenia.

On the other hand, Ictas that operates Antalya Airport's second
international terminal (AY Terminal 2) joins the tender in a consortium
with TBI (Luton Airport-Britain). TBI manages an airport in London.

Celebi also enters the bidding with German Company Fraport that manages
Antalya international lines terminal with Bayindir. Canadian company,
SNC prepares to make an offer with ADP (Aero Du Paris) that operates
12 airports in Paris.

One of the strongest consortiums that will participate in the bidding
is Kuala Lumpur Airport's managing organization, the Malaysian Company
KLI and ADR (Auroport Di Roma) that operates Leonardo Da Vinci and
Fiominico airport in Rome.