The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation has secured approval from the Central Agency for Public Tenders to extend the cleaning contract for the T1 passenger terminal and initiate a new tender.
The Al-Qabas daily has learned that the DGCA, following lengthy discussions with the Central Tenders Agency, granted approval for a third extension to one of the cleaning companies, spanning nine months from July 26 last year to April 25 next year, at a cost of 805 thousand dinars.
They further disclosed that the company had previously threatened to vacate the premises and remove its machinery and equipment due to the imminent expiration of its existing contract and the lack of notification about extending the contract, coupled with the unsettled financial dues. This situation necessitated urgent actions to address the matter.
It was emphasized that the DGCA is actively working towards resolving all overdue contracts that were left unresolved in previous periods, preventing their renewal or the initiation of new tenders. The norm is for tenders to be initiated six months to a year before the expiry of any service or logistical contracts.
Additionally, CAPT has approved the commencement of a new tender for cleaning services at the Kuwait International Airport, covering the T1 passenger terminal, airport apron, external buildings, their facades, roads, air cargo area, and associated facilities. The award procedures are expected to be completed before the current company’s extension period ends.
The DGCA also communicated with the tendering agency concerning several contracts, aimed at extending or initiate new ones. These include a contract to operate runway lighting and control devices at the airport for six months, as well as a contract to maintain baggage inspection for weighing zones 2 and 3, and the ‘Arrivals’ hall, also for six months.
Lastly, the regulatory bodies urged the DGCA to expedite tendering procedures for offering and awarding contracts to avoid further extensions and stressed on the importance of floating tenders before their expiry with a sufficient lead time.