Four bids received for Guatemalan airport PPP study

The review, funded by the US government, may pave the way for a $200m project to modernise La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City.

Guatemala’s public-private partnership agency has received four bids for a US-funded feasibility study for a PPP project to modernise La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City.

The project, estimated to cost $200 million, will aim to improve services and upgrade infrastructure at Guatemala’s primary airport, one of the busiest in Central America. If the country decides to use the PPP model for the improvements, a private operator would be tasked with the operation and maintenance of the terminal, recouping its investment through service charges.

“Modernisation will improve the experience of national and international users entering and leaving the country,” said ANADIE, the government PPP agency. “It seeks to provide a quality solution for travellers to find facilities that are dignified, comfortable and safe.”

The feasibility study is funded by the US government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a foreign aid agency which aims to reduce global poverty through economic growth.

Bidders included Mexico’s IDOM Ingeniería; a consortium of Iceacsa Consultores Sucursal Colombia, Profit Banca and Duran & Osorio Abogados Asociados of Colombia; a team made up of Felipe Ochoa y Asociados and Ríos Ferrer, Guillen–Llarena, Treviño y Rivera of Mexico; and a group comprising Spain’s Asociación Deloitte and Tetra Tech of the US.