Changi Airport Group is calling a tender for a
third ground handling licence at Singapore Changi Airport.
The tender covers the provision of
passenger handling, apron handling and cargo handling services.
These services are presently provided by two agents – Singapore
Airport Terminal Services Limited (SATS) and SIA Engineering
Company; and Changi International Airport Services (Private)
A third ground handler is likely to provide the 85
airlines currently operating at Changi Airport with more choice
and a more competitive ground handling market with potential
benefits in terms of service quality, range of offerings and
“Over the last few months, CAG has received expressions of
interest from a number of parties regarding a third ground
handling licence at Changi Airport. This has been prompted by two
main factors – the divestment of SATS by Singapore Airlines and
improving business conditions in the aviation market. There was
especially keen interest from those who have experience
servicing low-cost carriers,” said Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of
Changi Airport Group.
“Changi Airport Group is always
keen to provide our airline customers with more choice of
suppliers. This tender is consistent with that approach. We are
keen to support the entry of a new ground handler at Changi
with the right mix of experience, innovative solutions and
financial resources. This will enhance Changi Airport’s
competitiveness and provide airlines with greater choice.”
The tender will be conducted in two phases with
the formal expressions of interest phase closing on 16 December
In phase 2, shortlisted bidders will be required to submit
detailed bids including their business and financial plan. The
licence will be for a period of five years and the successful
bidder is expected to commence operations by mid-2010.
CAG has said it will
evaluate the business proposals of each bidder based on a set of
defined evaluation criteria, such as the company’s track record
and how it plans to drive innovation and build its business and
operations at Changi Airport.
In the first nine months of 2009,
Changi Airport handled 26.7 million passengers, 1.18 million
tonnes of cargo and 177,000 flights.
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