BELGRADE (Serbia), December 13 (SeeNews) - Four investors have submitted binding bids in a tender for a 25-year concession contract to operate the Belgrade international airport within Friday's deadline, local media reported on Wednesday.
Three consortia placed binding bids - France's Meridiam Eastern Europe Investments, Switzerland's Zurich Airport AG and France's Eiffage; India's GMR Infrastructure Limited and Greece's Terna; South Korea's Incheon International Airport Corporation, Turkey's Yatirimlar ve isletme and Russia's VTB Capital Infrastructure. French company Vinci Airports too has placed a bid, news agency Beta reported.
A consortium of China's Hainan Air Travel Service, HNA and China National Aero Technology was listed among the qualified bidders by the government in the first stage of the tender but did not submit a binding offer, Beta also said.
Earlier this month, Serbia's prime minister Ana Brnabic said the government will make a preliminary decision on the best binding bids by December 25, while the winner in the tender should pay between 350 million euro ($411.3 million) and 450 million euro to the state budget immediately.
The Serbian government owns 83.1% of Aerodrom Nikola Tesla, the operator of Belgrade airport. The company's net profit dropped to 3.2 billion dinars ($31.5 milion/26.8 million euro) in 2016, from 3.3 billion dinars in the previous year.
($ = 0.8512 euro)