Backwards Step for Cargo Terminal at Airport

In El Salvador, the government rejected the draft tender and the economic model proposed by Fomilenio II for the management of the cargo terminal at the Monseñor Romero Airport.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Fomilenio II had planned to launch the tender for the Public Private Association (APP) in the last months of 2018, however, the Executive Port Authority (CEPA) did not approve the tender bases because they argue that they have new data that validate their ability to manage this asset directly.

William Pleites, executive director of Fomilenio II, said to Elmundo.sv that "... CEPA has not yet approved those products and the deadlines have expired. CEPA has stated that they have new figures, that supposedly its net yield is higher than that used during the study process."

This is not the first barrier faced by the APP in question, since in December last year a union of employees of the Monseñor Romero airport demonstrated against the project to expand the cargo terminal. See "Air Terminal Expansion Rejected."

On that occasion, Ernesto Rodas, general secretary of the Union of Workers in the Airport and Related Industries, said that "... For us it is a 'privatization'. What is the need for CEPA to deliver an institution which generates income? To improve the service, we don't need $30 million if we are going to do it as the burden grows in our country."

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