On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam (GIAA) received a protest from DFS Guam L.P. in connection with GIAA’s Request for Proposal (RFP) No. GIAA010-FY12, Specialty Retail Concession – Multiple Concepts. This is the only purported protest received regarding this RFP. GIAA is committed to working as quickly as possible to resolve the protest so that the people of Guam and visitors to the island can enjoy the significant improvements to the Airport that this RFP is intended to bring.
GIAA was very deliberate and careful throughout the competitive proposal process, and in its evaluation of all proposals to ensure that the best proposal was properly selected. In contrast to request for proposals for this concession issued in prior years, where only one proposal was considered and awarded, the current RFP resulted in the submission of four highly competitive proposals offering more than double the income currently received from the current concession. Additionally, the substantial improvements to the Airport’s concession areas would definitely bring great benefit to the Airport and all who travel through it.
GIAA will thoroughly address this protest just as it has thoroughly addressed all prior concerns raised related to this RFP. Charles H. Ada II, the GIAA Executive Manager, stated, “GIAA takes this protest and the allegations of impropriety very seriously. We are committed to ensuring the public’s confidence in the Airport and the integrity of the competitive proposal process. We want this resolved so we can continue the business of running the Airport to the benefit of our Island community and the traveling public.”