BAA has appointed South African consultancy Vallun Wilkins to
advise on its bid for the Airport Company of South Africa (ACSA), which
is to be privatised next year.
BAA plans to bid for up to 30 per cent of shares in its South African
equivalent and a role in managing its airports.
Johannesburg-based Vallun Wilkins won the account in a competitive pitch
against nine other agencies and will handle press relations and public
affairs, including liaison with unions.
The contract runs initially until November but may be extended for
several more months.
Privatised in 1987, BAA owns and operates seven airports in the UK,
including Heathrow, which account for 71 per cent of the country’s air
passenger traffic. The company has already expanded abroad: it manages
air and rail facilities in the US, owns shares in Italy’s Naples airport
and Australia’s Melbourne International Airport.