Thursday, July 24th, 2014
abertis airports has signed an agreement via its TBI Airport Management subsidiary with the city of Macon, in the state of Georgia (USA) to manage the Middle Regional Georgia and Herbert Smart Downtown airports for a 10-year period. This annually renewable contract will allow abertis airports to manage two airports which are strategically located in the centre of Georgia state, some 150 kilometres from Atlanta, and have an attractive growth potential.
Middle Regional Georgia is a commercial airport with two runways which provides services to 30,000 passengers a year. While it is currently underused, the airport has considerable growth potential, with more than 500,000 residents in a 100 kilometre radius. Commercial services are currently being provided by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which also manages maintenance facilities at the airport.
Herbert Smart Downtown is a general aviation airport with two runways which mainly provides services to private flights operated by corporate jets.
By adding these two airports to its portfolio, abertis airports has increased the size of its airport network and cemented its position in the US market. TBI, which was acquired by abertis (90%) and Aena Internacional (10%) in 2005, manages eight international airports via concession or ownership. Three are in the UK (London Luton, Cardiff International and Belfast International), one in Sweden (Stockholm Skavsta), three in Bolivia (La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba) and one in the US (Orlando Sanford).
It also has management contracts with governments or local authorities at two other US airports – Atlanta (Georgia) and Burbank (California) – and provides consultancy services via a Miami-based consortium. abertis also manages two runways at El Dorado airport in Bogotá (Colombia) via the operator, Codad.