By winning the bid to operate the Guwahati airport, the Adani Group will now operate six airports in India for 50 years, a senior Airports Authority of India (AAI) official has said. The Gautam Adani-led group were also the highest bidder for the Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Mangaluru and Jaipur airports, which were put up for privatisation in November 2018.
AAI chose the winner on the basis of “per-passenger fee” offered by the bidders. According to the AAI’s press statement, as per passenger fee, the Adani group put in a bid of Rs 177, Rs 174, Rs 171, Rs 168, Rs 115, and Rs 160 for airports at Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram, Mangaluru, and Guwahati respectively. The per passenger fee would be paid by the Adani group to the AAI.
A total of 32 technical bids were received from 10 companies to operate six airports that are currently under AAI’s management.