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Vivian Fung provides an update on ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, which is now so popular in Asia-Pacific that a quarter of all passengers pass through a certified gateway.

Maldives milestone

The construction contract for the new $800 million terminal at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in the Maldives has been awarded to the Saudi Binladin Group (SBG).

Adil Moosa, managing director of the Maldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL), believes the new 7.5 million passenger capacity terminal will be a “modern landmark” for the gateway.

While SBG’s Abdul Azeez B Bin Ladin states that his company’s vast variety of expertise and knowledge in airport development made him confident that it will deliver a “magnificent terminal building at INIA”. 

The nation’s Minister of Economic Development, Mohamed Saeed, notes that the government has made a bold decision in developing the airport.

The new 78,000sqm terminal will be three times the size of the existing facility allowing for a host of new shops and F&B outlets as well as new infrastructure such as six aerobridges and a state-of-the-art baggage handling system. 

Funding for the project is being sought from the China EXIM Bank, the Kuwait Fund, Abu Dhabi Fund, and the Saudi Fund for Development, the Maldives government said in a statement.

 

Neighbourhood watch

This incredible satellite photo of Dubai International Airport (DXB) just goes to show why the world’s busiest international gateway knows that the long-term future of aviation in the Emirate lies 37 kilometres away at Dubai World Central–Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali.

For the image, courtesy of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), clearly shows that the airport has little room to grow further after the opening of its new $1.2 billion Concourse D in February.

The new concourse has boosted DXB’s capacity to 90mppa and operator, Dubai Airports, believes that enhanced service through “the design and implementation of customer-centric processes and smart technology” can raise the gateway’s capacity to 118mppa by 2023 without the need for anymore infrastructure.

DWC will be capable of handling 120mppa after completion of the second phase of its development and ultimately up to 240 million passengers yearly.

And the huge capacity might be needed as Dubai Airports forecasts that passenger demand could exceed 190mppa by 2030 and climb to 260 mppa by 2040 and 309 million by 2050, meaning that it will need both DXB and DWC to keep pace with traffic growth. 

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Keeping it casual

Sydney Airport has begun the next phase of the revamp of the casual dining precinct in Terminal 2, which it claims will enhance the airport experience for passengers, visitors and staff. 

“These improvement works will deliver a comfortable dining area where passengers can relax and enjoy a wide range of tasty and healthy food options catering to all tastes and budgets, while taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi and enjoying enhanced views of the airfield.” enthuses the airport’s managing director and CEO, Kerrie Mather.

Six new F&B kiosks will be positioned throughout the new casual dining precinct and include two new brands to Australia, YO! Sushi and Joe & The Juice.

 

Money matters

Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd (NTA), owners and operators of Darwin and Alice Springs airports, has successfully established A$577 million in new term and capital expenditure debt facilities.

A first for Northern Territory Airports, the company has placed $150 million in the US institutional debt market with varying terms of 10 and 12 years. 

The company has also introduced Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) to the existing banking group, which currently comprises the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank Ltd and Westpac Banking Corporation. 

Chief financial officer, Tom Ganley, says: “With the new debt facilities, we will be able to enhance the airport facilities to serve the nearly three million passengers who pass through the airports each year.”

 

Hong Kong enjoys ‘great year’

Hong Kong International Airport handled a record 69.7 million passengers and 410,000 flights in its 2015/16 financial year.

The totals represent year-on-year increases of 7.8% and 3.6% respectively.

Cargo throughput softened 1.4% to 4.3 million tonnes during the year, according to operator Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK).

The figures ensure that HKIA remained the world’s third busiest international passenger airport, while on the cargo front, Hong Kong continued to be the world’s busiest cargo airport for the sixth consecutive year.

AAHK chairman, Jack So Chak-kwong, notes: “We had a great year in terms of airport development, but in order to meet long-term demand, HKIA must expand into a 3RS. We are grateful for the Executive Council’s approval and will start construction as soon as possible, striving to make sure that the project is completed on time and within budget.”

 

Samoan airfield upgrade

Airways New Zealand has been awarded a major World Bank funded contract by the Samoa Airport Authority to assist with the upgrade of air traffic management systems and infrastructure at Faleolo International Airport.

The World Bank is funding a $25 million package of upgrades at the airfield under its Pacific Aviation Investment Program (PAIP). 

The regional project will increase aviation safety and security across the Pacific by developing key airport infrastructure and  operations. Under the deal, Airways will consult on the design and procurement of air navigation aids, air traffic control equipment and airfield ground lighting systems for the airport, which is the main gateway to Samoa and its surrounding islands. 

The New Zealand state-owned enterprise will also project-manage the installation of the new systems.

“Our vision for the Pacific is to enable the same standard of infrastructure, service and safety we provide in New Zealand. To do this we need to ensure modern infrastructure is in place,” says Airways chief operating officer, Pauline Lamb.

A significant element of Airways’ involvement with the Pacific is its joint agreement with Tonga, Samoa, Niue and the Cook Islands to manage the states’ upper airspace. 

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