BAA hires South African agency for airports bid

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 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.



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