Handling tender second phase in Spanish airports

Iberia's plane Terminal 4

Following with the renovation process of Handling licenses in the Spanish airports, AENA has published a press release with the terms and conditions  for the Handling tender second phase. This public tender deals with ramp handling licenses for third parties. The Handling tender second phase includes 19 airports with more than one million passengers per year. These airports will have two or three handling agents.

Additionally to this, it is bid the ramp license for one only handling agent for both El Hierro and La Gomera airports.

The new licenses will be in force for seven years.

In this handling tender second phase, the 19 major airports are grouped in three lots in accordance with the volume of passengers and cargo:

  • 5 aiports with three handling agents: Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona-El Prat, Málaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche and Palma de Mallorca which is changing 2 for 3 agents. In total 15 licenses
  • 14 airports with two handling agents: Asturias, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Girona, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Menorca, Tenerife Sur, Tenerife Norte, Reus, Santiago, Sevilla, Valencia and Gran Canaria. In total 28 licenses.
  • 2 airports with one only handling agent; La Gomera y El Hierro. In total 1 license.

As in the first phase, the tender defines the criteria with respect to service quality, cost reduction and services to be provided by the handling agents, which are in the same terms and conditions as in the previous one.

Following with the incentive scheme that intends to achieve air traffic growth in Spain, AENA is inviting Handling agents to provide discounts on their prices, and insists on the fact that quality service and price reduction are the key points on this tender.

As a reaction to this, 02B.com publishes that Iberia has announced that they will attend the tender. The company assures that, after reducing their costs and improving their productivity, they will submit very competitive offers.

Groundforce (Globalia) informs that their great asset is their experience.  Menzies is also interested in the tender. They want to establish itself as a power in the Spanish market and think this tender is a good way to achieve that.

Besides these companies, it is expected the interest from Azkar, Ferrovial and Swissport

Photo: Iberia Airbus A340, Barajas Airport T4 / Marc


Source: AENA