Guwahati airport Credit: File image

Guwahati: Adani Group has emerged as the highest bidder to operate Guwahati airport, a senior official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said on Tuesday.

Adani Group had put in the highest bid of Rs 160 as per passenger fee for the Guwahati airport, said reports.

The developments barely a day after the business conglomerate won the five other state-owned airports that were put up for privatisation.

These five airports are Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Mangaluru and Jaipur.

The diversified group, which has interests in ports, shipping, power and other key infrastructure with $11 billion annual revenue, would be entering the airport sector bagging a 50-year contract to run the six airports.

The government had last year put up these six AAI-run airports for privatisation under the public-private partnership mode.

AAI selected the winner on the basis of “per-passenger fee” offered. These six airports will be handed over to Adani Group after completion of formalities, the authority said.

“We are delighted to win the bids (Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru airports) invited by AAI in December for managing these airports under the PPP model,” the Adani Group said in a statement Monday.

Up to 32 technical bids were received from 10 companies to operate the six airports, as per reports.

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