Chile's public works ministry (MOP) has launched tenders to re-concession the Diego Aracena airport in northern region I capital Iquique and the La Florida airport in region IV capital La Serena.
Total investment in the La Serena airport could reach some 174,000 UFs (inflation-linked units, some US$7.46mn), while investment in Iquique airport could hit 109,000 UFs, MOP spokesperson María Teresa Ovalle told BNamericas in an emailed statement.
Work at Diego Aracena involves the repair and maintenance of infrastructure and the replacement of equipment to ensure safety and operational standards, MOP said in a statement.
At La Florida, work entails remodeling and expanding the passenger terminal to 4,500m2 from the current 3,200m2, as well as carrying out all the necessary works required to transform the terminal into an international airport.
Interested companies must sign up to an international prequalification register for MOP's airport infrastructure re-concession program, which will be available 45 days prior the presentation and opening of the technical offers.
Bidding rules will be available for interested companies for both airports from January 20.
Technical and economic offers for Diego Aracena are due April 12, with economic bids scheduled to be opened May 4. For La Florida airport, technical and economic offers are due May 15, with the latter scheduled to be opened June 6, according to the MOP release.
MOP closes 2011 having called five major infrastructure concession tenders, representing a total investment of some US$918mn.