World Bulletin/News Desk
The Ministry of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications on Thursday announced changes adding a degree of flexibility to the conditions in a tender to build the world's largest airport in Istanbul as firms flock to competition.
According to the changes, the limit of three firms to a consortium was lifted, meaning consortiums that want to bid in the tender could include as many firms as they want.
In addition, the requirement that the main company in a consortium hold a 51 percent share was amended. Now, the share of each company in the consortium will be estimated depending on the number of firms in the consortium.
The ministry said the changes were made as a result of excessive demand from companies as well as to increase competition. However, ministry officials said other requests made by the companies, including a Treasury guarantee over funds spent in carrying out the project and the postponement of the date of tender, were not accepted.
Meanwhile, a report accessed by the Cihan news agency has shown that the State Airports Management General Directorate (DHMİ) has submitted an application to the ministry to add a 3,500-meter second runway to İstanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport, located on the city's Anatolian side.
The runway, which the DHMİ aims to see completed by 2015, would increase Sabiha Gokcen's passenger capacity from 30 million to 70 million, according to the report.Last Mod: 26 Nisan 2013, 11:00