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Airport Industry News: April 2014

Apr 24, 2014

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Managing Editor / Publisher: Martin Lamprecht

The articles compiled for Brainseed and made available here represent only a very small sample of news from some of the 8 modules of the biweekly newsletter which includes the modules: Airport Development (DEV), Airport Operations (OPS), Ground Support Equipment (GSE), Air Traffic Services (ATC), Consultant & Contractor (CON), Airport Information Technology (AIT) and Maintenance Base (MRO). An extensive Calendar of Events (CAL) is part of every subscription.


Ground Handling News

Air France, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, TMA Cargo and XL Airways have awarded cargo handling contracts to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in France. At Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), the new contracts with AirBridgeCargo, TMA and XL Airways are effective immediately.

AirBridgeCargo operates three Boeing 747 freighters a week from Paris to Moscow, while TMA Cargo has two all-cargo flights a week from the French capital to Beirut using Airbus A300F and B767F aircraft. WFS will also handle cargo on XL Airways flights to various destinations such as North America, DOM-TOM [French Overseas Departments and Territories], Mexico, and Dominican Republic. Paris-based WFS will also be extending its contract with Air France to include EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport, with effect from October. WFS commenced cargo handling for the airline at Nice, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Marseille airports in 2013. -- WFS handles some 40,000 t of cargo a month in Paris and serves 180 airlines across the whole of France. Emilio Fernandez, CEO Europe at Worldwide Flight Services, said: “These new contracts reflect our expertise in cargo handling for both passenger and all-cargo airlines in Paris and the provinces of France.”


Airport Operations News

Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) will be closed by 9 May 2014 to facilitate the opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2), according to Malaysia’s Deputy Transport Minister, Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi. He said that klia2 was “on track to be opened by 2 May”, with four airlines starting operations at the new airport. “These airlines include Philippine-based Cebu Pacific, Indonesia-based Tigerair Mandala, Singapore-based Tiger Air and local hybrid airline, Malindo Air,” he told reporters.


Indonesia’s state-run airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I increased airport taxes in the five international-class airports it manages on 1 April 2014. The airports are I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Juanda International Airport in East Java, Sepinggan International Airport in East Kalimantan, Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in South Sulawesi and Lombok Praya International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara. PT Angkasa Pura I corporate secretary, Farid Indra Nugraha, said that the tax would be applied to both domestic and international flights that are served by the airports. “We have to make the tax adjustment in order to maintain quality for passengers and our customers who use the airport services,” Farid said. For every domestic flight at Bali, East Kalimantan and East Java airports, passengers will be charged IDR 75,000 (equivalent to USD 6.6), while for the international flight services the cost will be IDR 200,000. In South Sulawesi, the taxes for domestic and international flights will become IDR 50,000 and IDR 150,000, respectively. Meanwhile, at Lombok Praya International Airport, Farid said that passengers will have to pay IDR 45,000 in airport taxes for domestic flight services and IDR 150,000 for international. At Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, he said that the new tariff would be applied on 1 August, after the renovation of its domestic terminal has been completed.


The construction of a new airport terminal at Antigua’s VC Bird International Airport, one of the biggest infrastructure projects ever undertaken by the Caribbean country, is on course to be completed by September 2014. One of the most prosperous nations in the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda is counting on the new terminal to help bolster its lucrative tourism and offshore financial services industry. “More than 70% of the construction has been completed,” the Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer, said when he visited the construction site recently. Built by China’s CECC, the new terminal should be able to handle up to 1,800 passengers/hr. The terminal covers an area of 23,000 m² and features four passenger boarding bridges, escalators, elevators, and a modern security system. The terminal will have 46 check-in counters, 15 self-check-in kiosks, five baggage carousels, a mini food court, multiple VIP lounges, a bank and retail stores.


In Indonesia, the construction of the New Samarinda Airport’s runway has begun with a cornerstone laying ceremony conducted by East Kalimantan Governor, Awang Faroek Ishak. The new airport, set to replace Samarinda’s old Temindung Airport, is being built by the provincial administration and its investor PT Perdana Investment. The new runway will have a length of 2,500 m, compared to Temindung’s 1,160 m, allowing larger aircraft such as the single-aisle Boeing 737 to land. “As of now, only three airports in East Kalimantan can serve Boeing 737 aircraft: Sepinggan Airport in Balikpapan, Juwatan Airport in Tarakan and Kalimarau Airport in Berau,” Awang said. He also said that he expected the investor to honour its commitment to finish construction on the new airport’s airside, as the landside construction was completed in 2013.


Kenya’s Transport Secretary, Michael Kamau, recently announced that the new Terminal 4 would open its doors to the public on 4 July 2014. Earlier, issues had emerged over the tender award for duty free shops in the new terminal when the Kenyan Public Procurement Oversight Authority compelled the Kenya Airport Authority to re-tender for new bids, citing a violation of procurement rules. That alone may set back the full operation of the new terminal by some weeks.

Linked to the opening and full functionality of the new terminal is the next phase of major construction, when the present departure Units 1 and 2 will undergo rebuilding, refurbishment, bringing the existing buildings in line with modern building standards including state of the art fire detection and firefighting equipment. Although the temporary tents have been removed, travellers arriving in Nairobi still go through makeshift facilities and those are stretched to the limit of safe and orderly operations.  

Fort McMurray Airport, AB, will open the doors of a new Air Terminal Building (ATB) on 9 June 2014. The new ATB will be five times the size of the current building and feature all of the amenities of a modern terminal, including 15 brand name retail and food/beverage outlets, more than 2,200 parking stalls with power, four passenger boarding bridges and eight aircraft parking stands. Also included in the new development is a four-star hotel, opening in 2016, with restaurant/bar, meeting rooms, gym/pool, business centre and heated underground parking, connected to the ATB via a climate-controlled pedestrian walkway. The old terminal was built to handle 250,000 passengers per year, but in 2013 the Fort McMurray Airport (YMM) handled nearly 1.2 million passengers. The new terminal is designed for 1.5 million passengers per year. The terminal will be 15,000 m² in size and will cost CAD 258 Million.  

Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Sarajevo Airport intends to open a dedicated terminal for low cost airlines later in 2014. The building is presently being used by the airport’s management, which will move to its new headquarters later in 2014. The terminal will be located next to the current passenger building (to be known as Terminal 2). Sarajevo Airport hopes to attract new low cost carries and boost passenger numbers, since services offered to airlines at the terminal will be cheaper than those currently provided.  #974.OPS17


Delta Air Lines will operate out of the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3) starting in 1 August 2014. Delta operates non-stop flights from Manila to Tokyo-Narita airport and to Nagoya-Centrair airport in Japan. Delta’s announcement came a few weeks after Transportation Secretary, Joseph Emilio Abaya, urged foreign airlines to relocate from NAIA 1 to NAIA 3 once the latter is completed in July. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) was earlier reported to be in discussions with several foreign airlines to move their operations to NAIA 3. Rehabilitation works on NAIA began in late 2013, including changes to baggage handling, flight information displays, computer terminals, gate coordination, and fire protection systems. So far, the only foreign carrier operating out of NAIA 3 is Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA).



Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) and the Halldale Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a major new event for the international aviation training industry in 2015. Under the terms of the MoU, IIAC will host the event, called the APATS Aviation Education and Training Symposium (AAETS) and Halldale will organize it. AAETS will be an Official Event of South Korea Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), and will be a sister event to APATS, the Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium, also organized by Halldale. It will take place at Incheon International Airport on the 10 and 11 February 2015. 

The aim of AAETS is to promote and develop professional training and education for safer and more efficient operations in commercial aviation, airport operations and air traffic management and to support and build on the principles expounded in the ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) and TRAINAIR PLUS initiatives.

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