The US-based infrastructure services major Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas Inc is in the race for the modernization contract for Kolkata’s airport, which is expected to cost Rs2,000 crore.
The company in talks with Indian firms to jointly bid for the modernization of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, pitting them against the Tata Group and Changi Airports International of Singapore.
Parsons is no stranger to India. It helped with the construction of the second Hooghly Bridge and Vidyasagar Setu, one of the important landmarks of modern Kolkata. More recently, it was part of the consortium which completed the first phase of the Delhi Metro project.
“We have the requisite skill sets, owing to our vast international experience,” said Hamilton McDonald, senior vice president based in the company’s headquarters at Atlanta. McDonald was in Kolkata as part of the 40-member US business delegation’s visit to India organized by the US Chamber of Commerce. He declined divulge further.
Parsons’ history of aviation services dates back to 1937, when it helped develop New York’s La Guardia Airport. The modernization plan of the Kolkata airport has been entrusted to the Airports Authority of India, which is revamping airports to keep pace with a greater number of business and tourist arrivals and a burgeoning number of airlines.
Kolkata airport is expected to handle 0.72 million international and 3.45 million domestic passengers during 2006-07, while the following year the airport is likely to handle 0.77 million international and 3.73 million domestic passengers. During 2009-10, more than 0.86 million international and 4.35 million domestic passengers are expected to pass through the airport.