A consortium that includes Corporación América Airports has been selected by the Nigerian Government as the preferred bidder to operate Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV ) and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (KAN).

The consortium also comprises Mota-Engil , Engenharia e Construção África and Mota-Engil Nigeria.

It has been selected by the government with combined scores including technical and financial bids of 87.69% and 82.57%, respectively.

Corporación América Airports has a 51% stake in the consortium.

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, located in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, involves a 20-year concession agreement. The airport has a 3,600m-long single runway.

Located in the second largest Nigerian city of Kano, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport involves a 30-year concession agreement.

This airport has two runways spanning 2,451m and 3,300m, respectively.

The selection process triggers a process under which the consortium, as well as the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the Federal Airports Authority, will jointly revise and discuss the final terms of the concession agreements.

Corporación América Airports CEO Martin Eurnekian said: “After a careful and detailed tender process, through which the Government of Nigeria evaluated all the proposals, we were declared preferred bidders for operating Abuja and Kano airports and cargo terminals in Nigeria, together with Mota-Engil, Engenharia e Construção África, and Mota-Engil Nigeria, our qualified and well-respected partners in this ambitious project.

“With this important announcement, we now enter a phase in which we will discuss and negotiate with Nigerian authorities the final terms of the concession agreements.

“Provided we are granted with the concessions, we would further expand our portfolio to 55 airports, across seven countries in four different continents.”