Consortium led by Turkis airports operator qualifies to bid for NY airport

ANKARA (AFP) - A consortium led by Turkish airports operator TAV has qualified to bid to rebuild and modernise New York's LaGuardia airport, the firm said on Monday.

The consortium is made up of TAV, shareholder French airport operator Aeroports de Paris (ADP) and US investment bank Goldman Sachs joint venture group.

"To be qualified for this tender means acknowledgement of our engineering, financial and operational capabilities in a country like the United States," TAV CEO M. Sani Sener said in the statement.

He assured investors that the consortium would handle "long and challenging" tender process carefully.

"We will do our best to achieve together with our shareholder ADP, with which we operate 37 airports and a 200-million passenger airport network, and with giant US investment bank Goldman Sachs," he said.

LaGuardia airport served 26 million passengers last year, TAV said in the statement.