3.3 bln euro tender for Lisbon airport will be launched in June

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The airport, to be built 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the centre of Lisbon, across the river Tagus in the municipality of Alcochete, is expected to become operative in 2017. The new airport will be build with a highway and rail connection, as well as a fuel pipeline and will require 3.3 billion euros ($4.47 billion) in investment.

The new airport development plan was established by the airport authority ANA and the consortium HOK / Arup / BMM / Aviation Solutions, but, according to CEO of NAER Carlos Madeira, the competitors "can take the design and adjust it to their needs."
New Lisbon Airport - Artists Impression

Under the plan, the airport authority, ANA, will be privatised by selling off a majority stake. The winning company will also build the airport using its own resources, plus government and European Union funds.

The Minister of Public Works, Mário Lino, had confirmed last week that the tender for the construction of the new airport and privatization of the ANA will be launched by the end of June, when the environmental impact assessment is still ongoing.

Portugal's leading motorway operator Brisa and No. 1 construction company Mota-Engil have expressed interest in a joint bid, as has another consortium including builder Teixeira Duarte and a unit of Spanish company Ferrovial, Reuters announced.

Spanish highway operator Abertis and Portuguese industrial conglomerate Semapa have also said they might take part.

The Alcochete airport will be able to receive 19 million passengers a year, 185,000 aircraft and 139,000 tonnes of cargo. The congested 75-year-old Portela airport will close after the new one starts working.