Mali’s transport ministry has started the privatisation of its main airport – Bamako-Sénou – located some 15 kilometres south of Bamako, the capital of the West African nation.
Interested parties are expected to submit their qualifications by July 30. According to the World Bank's Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) databse, the Bamako-Sénou concession is the second launched in Africa since 2001.
Conservative estimates from the Mali government estimate that the airport should reach a high of 900,000 passengers by 2015 under an annual four percent growth-rate scenario.
However, traffic has been growing at a much higher rate, with a 12.4 percent increase in passenger numbers recorded in 2007 and a 14 percent increase in 2008, according to news agency African Manager.