In October the concessionaire Investments EMCO will start building the new terminal in Honduras, which will have an area of over 26,000 square meters, twice as long as originally planned.
After the announcement in June 2016 of the award of the concession contract to the Emco, the company announced that"... construction will start in October of Palmerola International Airport with some different characteristics to those offered at the beginning."
The approval of the contract by the Congress of Honduras authorizes the State to co-fund with $76 million the project awarded to Inversiones EMCO.
From a statement issued by the National Congress of Honduras:
The National Congress approved in a session on Tuesday, in a second debate, the contract for the construction of Palmerola international airport and the new Law on Decentralization of the State of Honduras.
In this regard, approval was given on a second reading, of the the draft decree sent by the Executive Branch, which contains the concession contract for the project "Design, Construction, Financing, Operation and Maintenance of Palmerola international airport of the Republic of Honduras. The approximate cost of the project is 163 million dollars and the contract for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the International Airport in Palmerola, which was signed on March 31, has a concession period of 30 years.
Honduran businessmen project that exports will increase when the new airport starts operating, and they are negotiating with the concessionaire for the cargo area to be larger than planned.
Exporting companies are those that have the highest expectations for the construction of the new international airport, the construction and operation of which has now been granted in concession to the Spanish company EMCO.
The operator of Munich airport has announced it is participating in the tender for the construction of the airport in Palmerola, in partnership with the Honduran company Emco.
The Honduran president and ministers, visiting Germany, confirmed that the German company has already presented its proposal in the tender for the construction and operation of the new Palmerola airport, in Comayagua.
Increases in the value of land have been reported along with the arrival of new businesses to the area, where the municipality is hoping to encourage investments by leaving taxes on real estate unchanged.
The tender for the design and construction of Palmerola airport in Comayagua has not yet been awarded, but around the area where it will be built the impact from the development of a work of such magnitude is already being felt. Land prices have reportedly increased, and local and foreign investors have already expressed interest in developing businesses in order to take advantage of the economic activity generated by the construction and subsequent operation of the airport.
Spain has confirmed a contribution of $52 million for the construction of the airport, but there is still $83 million left which the Honduran government is looking to raise through a public-private partnership.
From a statement issued by the Government of Honduras:
Advanced Logistics Group is revising the airport design, analyzing the structure of the $110 million investment and preparing a new tender.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Utilities (Insep) together with Coalianza is holding meetings with the Spanish company Advanced Logistics Group (ALG) to structure the specifications for the new tender, review the investment program and design of the airport terminal.
The government has announced that is preparing the specifications of a international tender for the construction of the first stage of the project, in the amount of $107 million.
For the second time, the Honduran government has made changes to the bidding rules for the construction of the airport in Comayagua. The first phase will cost $107 million and will be built on the Enrique Soto Cano base in Palmerola.
The cancellation of the current lease and Spain's agreement to use funds from debt restructuring, have enabled a new tender for the construction and operation of the Honduran airport.
The construction project includes a new airport runway with a length of 2,440 meters for the operation of commercial vessels which are widebodied and without any restrictions and low restrictions for long-haul destinations.
The Honduran government has annulled the contract awarded in January to the company Saisa for the construction of the terminal and announced they will put it out to tender again.
The project will be conducted under conditions different from those previously established, for this reason the cancellation of the contract was confirmed and it was clarified that the company given the award, Servicios Aeroportuarios Integrados S.A. (Saisa), "... no longer has the possibility of executing this work."
The company which is already operating other airports in Honduras was the only one to provide a technical and financial proposal for the award.
The Honduran company Servicios Aeroportuarios Integrados S.A. (Saisa), a subsidiary of Terra Group, submitted the technical and financial offer after being shortlisted along with the consortium of Colombian origin Concay SA, who ultimately decided not to present a proposal for the construction of the new terminal.
After a process that has gone on for several years in Honduras the start of the opening of bids for the concession of the international airport in Comayagua has begun.
Laprensa.hn reports: "The Commission for the Promotion of Public-Private Partnerships (Coalianza) announced the opening of public hearings for the contract with an investor interested in building Palmerola international airport."
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