The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has invited operators to bid for ground handling services at 38 airports across the country, according to media reports in India.
These tenders include at some of the busiest gateways in the globe’s fastest growing aviation market such as Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Goa (pictured above).
Tenders are up for grabs for passenger services such as check-in and baggage handling, aircraft handling, servicing and cleaning as well as cargo handling.
In May, the AAI invited bids for 55 other airports, most of which were airports being connected under the government’s regional connectivity scheme. Proposals have been invited from airlines, ground handling agencies, airports and their joint ventures for contracts lasting 10 years.
According to the Hindu online publication, last year, India’s Civil Aviation Ministry revised regulations for ground handling services and allowed domestic airlines to undertake ground handling activities.
However, a foreign airline can carry out only passenger and baggage handling activities at airports, while a ground handling agency with foreign ownership of more than 50 per cent of its paid up capital is barred from providing services at civil enclaves at defence airfields.
The new rules also say airports should have at least three ground handling agencies.