TAA to float tender for JNIA ground handlers next month

24Jan 2020
Felister Peter
The Guardian
TAA to float tender for JNIA ground handlers next month

AS days remain to the end of concession agreement for existing ground handler at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) the Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) is next month expected to announce tender to acquire service providers for the next five years.

Currently, ground handling services at the country’s busiest airport is under Swissport Tanzania and Nas-Dar Airco. Concession agreement for one of the existing operators at JNIA—Swissport Tanzania ends January 31st this year.

TAA Director General, Julius Ndyamukama said that tender for provision of service at Dar es Salaam airport will be floated in February 2020.

“It will be an open tender that interested companies can bid and compete”, Ndyamukama said, adding he has no idea of the number of interested bidders.

Aviation stakeholders have recently expressed concerns over delayed tender announcement calling for authorities responsible for regulation of the sector (TAA and Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) to ensure a fair and transparent tendering process.

Commenting on possibilities to add the number of ground handlers at Mwanza International Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), Ndyamukama said such decisions can be done by TCAA.

“As a stakeholder, I don’t see the need for another service provider at the two airports since they are not as busy as JNIA”, he noted.

The number of required service providers at airports as per TCAA are KIA (2), Mtwara (1), Dodoma (1), Songwe (1), Mwanza (1) and three at Dar es Salaam’s JNIA.

Mrisho Yassin, Chief Executive Officer, Swissport Tanzania told this paper that the company is anciently waiting for the tender to be floated.

Yassin added: “We are eagerly waiting for the regulator to announce the tender, we will compete to acquire the business since we are the main player having provided ground handling services at the country’s major airports—JNIA and KIA for over 34 years”.

TAA is responsible for the provision of airport services, ground support, infrastructure and construction of airports.

TCAA’s mandate is to provide safety, security and economic oversight of the civil aviation industry. The regulated services include air transport services, aeronautical airport services (airside airport operations, ground handling, in-flight catering and aviation fuelling) and air navigation services.

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