Islamabad Airport: Finalised Plan for Outsourcing Revealed

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The Islamabad airport is set to be outsourced for a period of 15 years, with a non-refundable advance payment of $100 million being offered to a third party. This move comes with an aim to improve the airport’s services and overall infrastructure.

Administrative matters, financial concerns, as well as the design and construction, will be completely handed over to the third party. They will also be given the authority to develop shopping malls and brand shops within the premises of the airport.

Under the agreed terms, the third party will have control over service charges, exchange rates, and the rental prices of the shops within the airport.

However, certain crucial aspects such as customs, site security, and immigration services will continue to be managed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Prior to this decision, the Aircraft Owners and Operators Association of Pakistan (PAOOA) expressed their opposition to the government’s unilateral move to outsource the country’s major airports without following the rules set by the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).

In a statement, the association criticized the government’s decision to award contracts to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank (WB) for the outsourcing of three airports, stating that the entire process lacked transparency and raised doubts about its credibility.

By outsourcing the Islamabad airport, the government aims to enhance the overall efficiency and quality of services provided to passengers while promoting commercial opportunities within the airport premises.

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