The Government of Jamaica has shortlisted eight teams to progress to the request for proposals phase for the Norman Manley International Airport P3 project, the project's adviser the Development Bank of Jamaica announced on 20 June.

The teams were issued the RFP requesting detailed financial bids, on 19 June. RFP responses are due in December 2017. A preferred bidder is expected to be announced in the first quarter of 2018. 

The eight teams shortlisted to participate in the bidding process to operate, finance, develop and maintain the Norman Manley International Airport under a long-term concession are:

  • Vinci Airports 
  • Cedicor 
  • Acciona Concessiones/Airports Company South Africa (ASCA)/Acciona Airports Services
  • GMR Infrastructure
  • ZAIA-APORT consortium comprising Zurich Airport International/A-Port Operaciones/A-Port Chile
  • Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico
  • Corporacion Aeroportuario Del Este/China Harbour Engineering Company(CHEC)/Gulfstream Petroleum/Jamaica Producers Group
  • EGIS Projects/GraceKennedy Company Jamaica/Lagan Construction International

Nine teams submitted qualification documents to the government in May 2017. A team led by Jamaica Infrastructure Partners did not make it the shortlist.

The government issued a fresh request for qualifications for the project on 20 February 2017, with a 1 May response deadline. A previous attempt at finding a private sector partner for the project failed after the government did not receive binding bids from five shortlisted consortia ahead of a 30 December 2015 deadline. As a result the government terminated the tender competition in January 2016.

International Finance Corporation has been appointed by the government of Jamaica as lead adviser on the structuring and implementation of the project. The Development Bank of Jamaica, the government's privatization agency and PPP Unit are co-advisers and secretariat for the transaction.

The project is being procured by the government's Ministry of Transport and Mining. The airport is the second largest in Jamaica, located 21km from the centre of Kingston, and is owned by Airports Authority of Jamaica. NMIA Airport is the airport's operator.