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Athens Airport privatisation attracts 10 bids

The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) recently tendered the first stage of the privatization of a 30% share in Athens International Airport (AIA).

Expressions of interest have been submitted by 10 leading investment consortia, including some of the largest airport operators in the world.

The bidders are:

  1. ADP Groupe

  2. APG Asset Management

  3. Avialliance Gmbh

  4. Consortium of Ardian Infrastructure Fund S.C.A, SICAR and Ardian Infrastructure Fund V B S.C.S. Sicav – Raif

  5. Consortium of KKR – Egis

  6. Consortium of MEIF 6 Attic Investment, Raffles Infra Holding and Chengdong Investment Corporation

  7. Ferrovial International Se

  8. First State Investments

  9. Global Infrastructure Partners

  10. Vinci Airports

Athens International Airport is majority-owned by the Greek government with 55% of shares, with private shareholders currently owning 45% of share. The company is a public-private partnership and is considered one of the largest and most successful such firms in Greece, and south-eastern Europe.

AIA hit a record year of passenger traffic in 2018, with 24.1 million passengers using the airport, an increase of 11% over 2017. Of these, 16.4 million were international passengers, while 7.7 million were domestic passengers. A total of 217,100 flights arrived and departed in 2018.

Financial results showed total turnover rising to € 495.5 million in 2018, an increase of 8.9% over 2017. Profit before tax reached € 239.7 million, an increase of 19.9% over 2017.

AIA won a Skytrax award as for best customer service in 2018, and has a continual record of success in this area. The renewed international interest in AIA indicates Greece’s economic recovery is taking hold.

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