Derry: Air transport services

By | Public Sector Tenders

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Derry City and Strabane District Council
98 Strand Road
BT48 7NN
United Kingdom
Contact person: John Kelpie
Telephone: +44 2871253253
NUTS code: UKN10

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement

Access to the procurement documents is restricted. Further information can be obtained at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority
I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

City of Derry Airport to London Public Services Obligation

Reference number: T CRO19-054
II.1.2)Main CPV code

II.1.3)Type of contract

II.1.4)Short description:

The appointment of an airline Operator to provide a scheduled return air service between City of Derry Airport and a London Area Airport (LON).

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKN10
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) is seeking to procure the services of an airline Operator to provide a scheduled air service between City of Derry Airport (CODA) and a London Area Airport (LON). This can be any of the following 6 London Airports, listed in alphabetical order, Gatwick, Heathrow, London City, London Luton, London Southend, and Stansted). LON has been defined by the Department for Transport (DfT) as any airport that can access transport zone 1 of London within 60 minutes by rail.

It should be noted that slots must be available to operate the schedule at the chosen London Area Airport and must be acquired by the airline through the regular slot allocation process. Slots will not be made available by Government through ring-fencing.

This exercise will be conducted using an EU Open Procurement procedure with a 2-month tender return period as prescribed in the Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community.

This document contains information about the procurement process, the Services, and sets out the conditions for submission of a tender.

It is intended that a single contract shall be awarded to one Tenderer to provide the Services.

CODA is owned by DCSDC and is operated by City of Derry Airport Operations Ltd, a Private Limited Organisation wholly owned by DCSDC since the airport company was incorporated in 2010. The annual passenger traffic using the Airport grew historically at a rapid rate and peaked at nearly 450 000 ppa, before the economic downturn, and fell to 338 505 ppa in 2010. Over time, the economic recovery led to a steady rise in traffic to approximately 412 000 ppa with a number of new services following incorporation in 2010 but, due to the reduction in services and Ryanair’s changing priorities, passenger numbers have has fallen since 2011. In 2016/17 the airport handled 280 000 passengers with approximately 106 000 on the route between Derry and London Stansted.

In August 2016 Ryanair, the historic operator of the London Stansted route, informed the airport management team that they would be withdrawing the route from end of the winter 2016 season in late March 2017. This was due to a strategic decision by Ryanair to reduce the number of aircraft based at London Stansted as a direct consequence of their focus on European markets other than the United Kingdom. Since the City of Derry to London route provides most passenger numbers at the airport, it is likely that there would have been a significant reduction in jobs at the airport and elsewhere in the North-West of Ireland if the London service ceased. From estimates, this reduction in employment alone would reduce the region’s GVA by 10 000 000 GBP, taking account of direct jobs and indirect GVA generated by airport employed staff alone.

On this basis, City of Derry Airport and DCSDC sought DfT (and, in turn, EU) approval to introduce a Public Service Obligation (PSO) on the route. The proposal was submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) in August 2016 for the appointment of an air Operator to provide a twice daily (morning and evening) return service to a London Airport from/to City of Derry Airport. DfT approved the proposal on 20.9.2016.

An initial 2-year PSO contract was awarded in February 2017 with operations running from 2.5.2017 until 1.5.2019. Unfortunately the PSO Operator went into administration on the 16.2.2019 and as a result the London route stopped immediately. In accordance with the EC Regulations 1008/2008, DCSDC carried out an emergency tender exercise and appointed an airline to operate the PSO route for a seven months period from the 27th February to 26.9.2019.

DCSDC now seeks tenders for the continued operation of the service beyond 26th September 2019, for an initial period of 16 months up until the 27.3.2021 with a view to extending for a further 24 months.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 16
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Extending for a further 24 months.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2016/S 217-395762
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 28/05/2019
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 5 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 28/05/2019
Local time: 12:30

Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

40 mths approx.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body

The High Courts of Justice of Northern Ireland
The Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

The High Courts of Justice of Northern Ireland
The Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street
United Kingdom
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


DBC Request for Bids for Provision of a Residential Placement for an Adult with a Disability

By | Public Sector Tenders

Open opportunity – This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications.

Watch this notice
Print this notice
Closing date: 01 April 2019

Contract summary


  • Health and social work services – 85000000

Location of contract

North East

Value of contract


Published date

21 March 2019

Closing date

01 April 2019

Contract start date

11 April 2019

Contract end date

20 April 2023

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



DBC Request for Bids for Provision of a Residential Placement for an Adult with a Disability

About the buyer

Contact name

Bronwyn Lilley


Town Hall


+44 1325405498


Other information

How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided, or follow the instructions given in the notice description or information section.

Share this notice

Watch this notice

Print this notice

Closing date: 01 April 2019