I-Team: City Official Denies Airport Bid Protests

I-Team: City Official Denies Airport Bid Protests


Atlanta's chief procurement officer has denied all the protests involving the concession bids at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

There were nine separate bids for food and beverage packages at the airport. They covered more than 100 different business locations throughout every single concourse including the new International terminal.

Unsuccessful bidders protested all nine packages.

Last week, the city's chief procurement officer, Adam Smith, told I-Team Senior Reporter Dale Russell that it is not unusual for him to deny the protests.

Smith found protesters arguments about conflicts of interest, irrational scoring, and political favoritism had no merit.

Bidders can appeal the decision and if unhappy, take their protests to court.

he Mayor's office issued a statement saying the largest company to protest, SSP, has repeatedly tried to avoid and halt the protest process. The city recognizes all the protesters are free to appeal.

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