The Albanian government called a $2mn tender for an air navigation master plan and feasibility study for the construction of Vlora airport on the southwestern coast, after negotiations with a Turkish tie-up failed, media reported.
A Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Kolin and Kalyon walked away from talks in April this year due to disagreements with the government over the project.
The company that will draft a feasibility study will be selected by Albcontrol, the air traffic management company.
Top Channel reported on August 26 citing confidential sources that an Italian group has shown interest in the construction of the airport.
The construction of Vlora airport was a promise of Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama after the exclusive rights over international flights that Tirana airport (TIA) enjoyed were removed in April 2016.
The construction of Vlora airport is expected to cost €100mn. Albania’s sole airport in the capital Tirana is operated by a Chinese consortium.