Mixed Investment for Airport Modernization

A public-private partnership would be the most efficient option for modernizing Guatemala's La Aurora International Airport, which urgently requires a strong investment in infrastructure.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The consulting firm Deloitte Tetra Tech was hired to prepare feasibility studies, with the aim of establishing contract models that could be applied to modernize the Guatemalan air terminal.

See "Who Wants to Run La Aurora Airport?"

The models identified by the consultant were public management, concession and public-private partnership (PPP), the latter being recommended by Deloitte, as it is the most efficient.

To make the modernization of La Aurora effective, at least $128 million must be invested, said directors of the National Agency of Alliances for the Development of Economic Infrastructure (Anadie), an institution that hired Deloitte to carry out the consultancy.

Regarding the consultant's recommendation to make a PPP to modernize the air terminal, Erick Uribio, Anadie's Deputy Director of Structuring, told Prensalibre.com that "... Although the firm reached that conclusion, the result of the study must still be socialized and analyzed both with representatives of state entities, with users and experts in airport issues so that the State can define if this figure is adopted."

Uribio added that "... With the study, a technical, legal and social evaluation was made of how the Aurora project should be managed and recommends the necessary interventions in the case that it is done by a Public-Private Alliance or not."

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Who Wants to Run La Aurora Airport?

July 2018

A search has begun for investors interested in participating in the tender to award the operation of La Aurora International Airport in concession, for a term of 15 to 20 years.

The plan to grant the airport concession is being promoted by the Ministry of Communications, Infrastructure and Housing (CIV) and the National Agency of Partnerships for the Development of Economic Infrastructure (Anadie). To this end, last year, the Deloitte / Tetra Tech Association was contracted to carry out the feasibility study of the "Modernization, Efficiency and Safety of La Aurora International Airport" .

Financing Sought for Airport Expansion

May 2018

$19 million is needed for the expansion of the cargo terminal at the Monseñor Romero Airport in El Salvador, and companies interested in participating in the public-private partnership are being sought.

Authorities at the Ministry of Public Works and Fomilienio II, informed that one of the projects that will be developed under the PPP modality is the " ...Improvement of infrastructure, processes and equipment at the current AIESMOARG Cargo Terminal, to increase the volume of import and export cargo by approximately 40%, which will allow a greater flow of goods and services. The project contemplates the possibility of expansion and construction of a Cargo Terminal." 

Tender for the State Administrative Center Postponed

December 2015

The tender to build in Guatemala a complex of government offices through a public-private partnership has been postponed until March 2016, and the award will be made in July of that year.

Although the process for pre qualification of companies has already been completed, lack of resources and the change of government has forced the National Agency Partnerships for Economic Infrastructure Development (ANADIE) to postpone the tender to build the offices.

Tender Announced For New Airport in Guatemala

May 2013

Plans for the construction of the airport of Puerto de San José, Escuintla, are ready, and a partnership with the private sector is being sought to provide the finance of $140 million required for the project.

The aim of the construction of this airport is to relieve pressure on the air traffic in the terminal of La Aurora.

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