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Report urges Dublin Airport to widen fit-out bid process

Chief Executive: Dalton Philips
Chief Executive: Dalton Philips

By John Mulligan

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) needs to have a "major focus" on challenging the local Irish market to deliver more competitive tenders for fit-out projects, according to a report.

The report, by economic consultancy Steer for the Commission for Aviation Regulation, said Dublin Airport has pointed out that the Dublin construction market is overheating.

The consultancy said that the DAA, which is led by Dalton Philips, should give "serious consideration" to looking further afield for suppliers to deliver fit-out works at the airport.

But the DAA has rejected Steer's comments, arguing the consultancy has put forward a "theoretical" view that "misunderstands the market for fit-out works [and] the way in which DAA procures such works".

"All significant projects at Dublin Airport are awarded via an open tender process throughout the EU and we have held roadshows in locations such as London, Paris and Madrid to alert potential overseas bidders to the opportunities that exist here," said a DAA spokesman.

Firms have been invited to tender for about €1.3bn of capital projects at Dublin Airport.

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