Gautam Adani‚Äôs infrastructure conglomerate Adani Group made its entry in the airport business. Adani Group is named as one of the highest bidders for six non-metro airports being privatised by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. In simple term, Guwahati airport will be operated by Adani Group.
Adani Group got selected by Airport Authority of India on the basis of "per-passenger fee" offered. Adani group successfully won six airports which will be completely handed over after the official process. Passenger per fee is charged as part of the passenger fare of air travel. It is for the facilities given to the passenger at the airport like the security services. It also includes services of an air-conditioned environment with free water and toilets.
However, the Airport Authority of India had previously put the bid for Guwahati airport on hold in view of a stay granted by the Guwahati High Court against the privatisation process. Eventually, Adani got success over by bidding Rs. 160 per passenger as the highest bid for Guwahati airport.
Adani Enterprises Ltd continued to remain on the top by quoting a per-passenger (domestic) fee of ?177 for the Ahmedabad airport, where the Group is based, ?174 for Jaipur, ?171 for Lucknow, ?168 for Thiruvananthapuram and ?115 for Mangaluru.
Entire operation and management of existing airport assets, as well as their upgradation and development of additional air-side terminals, city-side and land-side infrastructure, will now be undertaken by Adani group. This will stay as long as for 50 years in Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mangaluru and Thiruvananthapuram airports and Guhawati airport.