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New Call for Bids for Maribor Airport Lease Published

Ljubljana, 01 October (STA) - The Transport Ministry published on Friday a new call for bids for a 30-year lease on the use of the infrastructure, and the management of the state-owned Maribor airport after the first call in July failed to attract bidders. The new deadline for bids is 18 October.

Currently rented by Aerodrom Maribor, a company owned by the bankrupt car-seat covers maker Prevent, the Edvard Rusjan Maribor Airport is Slovenia's second biggest airport.

The new lease holder will be chosen on the basis of several criteria. The key elements will be the rent the bidders are willing to pay, the business and development plan, the number of potential new jobs, and projections regarding air transport volumes.

While bidders have to secure EUR 70,000 in bank guarantees, the ministry reserves the right to reject all offers if it finds them inappropriate. It will organise an inspection of the airport for the bidders on 8 October.

If the second call for bids fails, the law allows the ministry to launch direct negotiations with the potential lease holders.

The first call for bids was published in July after having been postponed several times, but no bids were filed by the 7 September deadline. The current lease holder was expected to apply, but it said the conditions were unacceptable.

The 2006 contract on the use of the airport infrastructure between the state and Aerodrom Maribor was extended last December with an annex until the end of 2010. The ministry said it hoped to find a long-term lease holder by the end of the year.

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