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GLOBAL AMBITIONS

Asia-Pacific Airports turns the spotlight on the GMR Group and its airport assets in India and across the planet. These are exciting times for India’s GMR group, which continues to develop and expand its airport network both at home and abroad and will shortly welcome a key new investment partner. On home turf in India, GMR […]

BACK ON TRACK

How is one of the world’s newest gateways, Erbil International Airport in Iraq, faring nine years after opening? Andrew Jones reports. Erbil International Airport in Iraq is one of the world’s newer gateways and an aviation success story in a country where success, development and progress are rarely found. This year despite a challenging operating […]

EXCITING TIMES

Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff, talks to Joe Bates about the hugely ambitious development plans that tempted him back to the Queensland gateway. It says something about the appeal of Brisbane Airport and its ambitious development plans that CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff, admits that he knew he would be leaving New York and […]

IN DEMAND

CEO, Fred Lam, talks to Joe Bates about Hong Kong International Airport’s plans to grow its cargo facilities and services, infrastructure development and coping with rising demand. With a record 74.7 million passengers passing through Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in 2018, it is easy to forget that it is actually the world’s biggest cargo […]

CATALYST FOR GROWTH

Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has celebrated its 10th anniversary by opening a new Interim International Departures Terminal and revealing some bold expansion plans, writes Joe Bates. Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport hasn’t looked back since its opening 10 years ago, the recent inauguration of its Interim International Departures Terminal providing a perfect example of […]

GREEN HAWAII

Ross Higashi, head of Hawaii’s airports division, talks to Joe Bates about traffic growth, infrastructure development and sustainability initiatives at Honolulu’s Daniel K Inouye International Airport. Honolulu’s Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL) is the largest of Hawaii’s 15 airports and effectively the remote US island state’s gateway to the world, handling in excess of […]

INVESTING IN JAPAN

Emmanuel Menanteau, Co-CEO of Kansai Airports, tells Joe Bates more about Kansai Airports’ ambitions for Osaka’s airports and the Japanese market. The recent addition of Kobe to its Japanese airport network means that Kansai Airports now operates three of the country’s busiest gateways. Arguably, the jewel in the crown is Osaka’s Kansai International Airport (KIX), which […]

TOKYO RISING

NAA’s president and CEO, Makoto Natsume, talks to Joe Bates about Narita International Airport’s growth, development and expansion plans ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. With passenger traffic reaching an all-time high in 2017, a new 3,500m runway and extended operating hours for flight arrivals and departures recently receiving the green light, and […]

BIGGER AND BETTER

Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) CEO, Sheikh Aimen Al Hosni, talks to Joe Bates about the growth and development of the country’s airport system. The Gulf is one of the hottest places on earth for airport development and Oman is no exception to the rule, with the country set to follow the unveiling of a […]

UPWARD TRAJECTORY

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi’s general manager, Sirote Duangratana, talks to Joe Bates about plans to expand the airport after a decade of traffic growth. When Bangkok’s impressive Suvarnabhumi Airport opened just over a decade ago it was envisaged that it would replace the city’s operationally constrained Don Mueang International Airport and have the capacity to cope with […]

ON THE RADAR

Sunshine Coast Airport’s general manager, Peter Pallot, talks to Joe Bates about his gateway’s expansion plans, route development, green credentials and new investors. There is a saying that good things come to all those who wait, and after waiting nearly half a century to make an impression in the market, Australia’s Sunshine Coast Airport certainly […]

MAKING AN IMPRESSION

How is Hamad International Airport faring three years after opening? Chief operating officer, Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, brings Joe Bates up to speed. It maybe just three years old but Qatar’s new gateway to the world, Hamad International Airport (HIA), has already made a big impression for its design, state-of-the-art facilities, IT innovation and reputation for delivering top quality […]

OUT TO IMPRESS

With plans for a three runway system, Terminal 4 nearing completion and a seemingly never ending desire to introduce innovative new services, these are exciting times for Singapore Changi Airport, writes Joe Bates. When frequent travellers are asked to name their favourite airports, Singapore Changi invariably gets a mention, and more than 530 awards since its […]

AUSTRALIAN FIRSTS

Kerrie Mather, Sydney Airport’s managing director and CEO and new president of ACI Asia-Pacific, talks to Joe Bates about the growth and development of Australia’s busiest gateway. Like most Australians, Kerrie Mather is used to travelling as, to use her words, “Australia is a big country at the bottom of the world” and to get anywhere […]

CONNECTING AUSTRALIA

Australian Airports Association’s policy manager, Simon Bourke, considers the national importance of aviation and some of the opportunities and challenges faced by the country’s gateways. Australia’s network of airports spread across major urban centres and regions form an integral part of the national economic infrastructure and are critical to connecting communities and enhancing broader economic […]

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Joe Bates catches up with new Queensland Airports Limited CEO, Chris Mills, to find out how he has fared in his first six months in the role and learn more about some ambitious development plans. It is still early days in the role for new Queensland Airports Limited boss, Chris Mills, who in many ways […]

LEAP OF FAITH

Zhang Xiuzhi, CEO of Chinese low-cost carrier, Spring Airlines, tells Graham Newton that thinking big comes easily. Spring Airlines was founded in 2004 as part of a partial liberalisation of the civil aviation sector in China and commenced flights in July 2005.  By 2008, many of the new airlines that emerged during this time had […]

BUILD AND GROW

Airport International Group CEO, Kjeld Binger, talks to Joe Bates about the ongoing transformation of Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport. When Kjeld Binger looked out of the windows of his airport office earlier this year he could be forgiven for thinking he was back in his native Denmark, as on ground outside was something that […]