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Companies will now be asked to match turnover fee proposal

Firms to provide flight-catering services at Bangalore International AirportBids submitted by LSG Sky Chefs and Taj SATS Catering approved

Bangalore: LSG Sky Chefs (I) Pvt. Ltd. and Taj SATS Catering Ltd. are set to bag independent contracts for providing flight-catering services at the Bangalore International Airport, which is under construction.

The Board of Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL) has approved bids submitted by LSG Sky Chefs and Taj SATS Catering on the basis of an evaluation carried out by the company management. Gate Gourmet/Ambassador's Sky Chef emerged third in the bidding process.

"BIAL will ask the first two parties to match its turnover fee proposal. In case they agree, BIAL will finalise the appendices with the two parties and sign the agreements as proposed. In case the agreements cannot be concluded with the two first ranked parties in a reasonable time, BIAL will take up negotiations with the third ranked party," a BIAL statement said here on Thursday.

"The turnover fee refers to the percentage share of revenues that the strategic partner is willing to share with BIAL," said Stephan Widrig, Chief Commercial Officer, BIAL.

The BIAL has decided to award two flight-catering concessions to two independent operators. Each concessionaire will design, build, finance, operate and maintain facilities to provide flight-catering services at the international airport.

The successful entities will offer flight-catering services to airlines at the best international standards and competitive prices.

The BIAL seeks to stipulate a competitive environment between the selected flight caterers in order to ensure long-term quality, efficiency and innovation in flight catering services at the new airport and ensure that the flight caterers incorporate the highest hygiene and quality standards and use environment-friendly processes.

Besides, it seeks to enable safe and efficient flight-catering and ramp-handling operations.

Credit card for nurses

Vijaya Bank on Wednesday became the first bank to launch an internationally valid credit card for nurses. The "Nurse's card," developed in association with Visa, was launched at M.S. Ramaiah Hospital by Chairman and Managing Director of the bank Prakash P. Mallya. Mr. Mallya said the bank had launched a "doctor's card."

T. Valliapan, Executive Director of the bank, and Naresh Shetty, Medical Director of M.S. Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, were present.

`Campus on the move'

Hewlett-Packard India has announced its `campus on the move' initiative to promote its product and solution portfolio among educational institutions.

As part of the initiative, HP will organise road shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities. P. Raghuraman, Country Manager (Business Notebooks), HP India, said, "We at HP recognise the gap between what the industry wants and what universities teach. Through our `Campus on the Move' initiative, we hope to reach out to campuses to help enhance the curricula and make them relevant to the industry's requirements."