Binding bids in the sale process for 97.26% of airport concession Aeropuertos de Oriente are due on 20 December, Inframation has learned.
A source close to the process said that over 24 companies from Asia, Europe and Latin America had participated in a roadshow for the concession earlier in 2018 and an unspecified number presented bids in the first round in August.
The source indicated that the process could close in 1Q19.
The current owners of Aeropuertos de Oriente are Fondo de Capital Privado Nexus Infraestructura I FCP, Pedro Ramon Emiliani and Supertiendas y Droguerías Olímpica.
Aeropuertos de Oriente operates six Colombian airport concessions under its mandate. Those are Palonegro in Bucaramanga; Simón Bolívar in Santa Marta; Camilo Daza in Cúcuta; Alfonso López Pumarejo in Valledupar; Yariguies in Barrancabermeja; and Almirante Padilla in Riohacha.
According to an 11 January 2017 release by the concessionaire, the number of passengers transiting in Aeropuertos de Oriente’s terminals has been increasing each year, with increases in 2016 of 8.4% in Santa Marta, 7.2% in Riohacha and 4% in Valledupar.
The source said that the increase in traffic in 2018 is expected to be approximately 5% and pointed to new international and domestic routes opening at Santa Marta and Bucaramanga as signs of growth in the concessions.
Mexican airport holding company Aeropuertos del Sureste (ASUR) acquired 92.42% of the Airplan concession in October 2017 from Supertiendas y Droguerías Olímpica and Fondo de Capital Privado Nexus Infraestructura I FCP.
Airplan operates the following airports: Olaya Herrera in Medellín, José María Córdova in Rionegro, El Caraño in Quibdó, Los Garzones in Montería, Antonio Roldán in Carepa, and Las Brujas in Corozal.