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St. Louis Garners Responses to Operation RFQ

The city of St. Louis is sorting through 18 responses received from private entities showing interest in operating St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL).

The city released a request for qualifications document in October as it explores privatizing under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Investment Partnership Program.

“The Airport Working Group is looking forward to reviewing the responses from all of the respondents,” says Paul Payne, the working group chair and the city’s budget director.

The respondents included:

  • Aena Internacional
  • AMP Capital
  • Atlantia
  • Corporación América Airports
  • daa International
  • Global Infrastructure Partners
  • GRID Realty
  • IFM Investors and MAG Overseas Investments Ltd., on Behalf of Manchester Airports Group
  • Lambert Gateway Partners (a consortium including Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, Groupe ADP, the Hall of Fame Group, The Bridgeman Hospitality Group, Cleveland Avenue and the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri)
  • Momentum Aviation Partners (a consortium including Partners Group (USA), ASUR and AECOM Hunt)
  • Morrison & Co.
  • Odinsa (Grupo Argos)
  • OMERS Infrastructure and Fraport
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Ontario Airports Investments Limited and Copenhagen Airports International
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSPIB) and AviAlliance
  • Royal Schiphol Group
  • STL Aviation Group (a consortium including Oaktree Transportation Investment Fund, JLC Infrastructure/MJE-Loop Capital Partners, Ullicao and Vinci Airports/TBI Airport Management)
  • Vantage Airport Group and Corsair-Vantage Investment Partners

The city of St. Louis began looking into privatizing two years ago under then-Mayor Francis Slay. Current Mayor Lyda Krewson, according to media reports, has said a lease offer should be considered to see if it’s a good deal. A spokesman for Krewson said this week that she doesn’t know any of the entities personally, but looks forward to learning about their experiences and capabilities.