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Remote Australian airport embraces cloud technology

Port Hedland International Airport, based in a remote area of Western Australia and in the midst of a terminal redevelopment programme, has become one of the first regional airports in the Antipodes to embrace the cloud for common-use check-in and boarding systems. The airport expects that turning to the cloud will give it an edge […]

Fortnum & Mason store opens at Hong Kong International Airport

Fortnum & Mason, an upmarket department store from the UK, has partnered with Lagardère Travel Retail to open its first travel retail location in Asia in the East Hall luxury zone at Hong Kong International Airport. The 46 square metre store offers a wide assortment of the brand’s most in-demand teas, biscuit, chocolates, tea accessories, […]

Hamad International Airport goes football crazy during FIFA World Cup

Hamad International Airport (HIA) continues to host a number of exciting activations and events for passengers travelling through the airport and beyond during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The events at Doha’s gateway to the world include match day themed performances, a mosaic photo wall, a number of kids’ zones, fan zones and viewing […]

Master plan unveiled for new Riyadh mega hub

Saudi Arabia today unveiled plans for a new mega hub for Riyadh which will be called King Salman International Airport. According to the master plan, King Salman International Airport will boost Riyadh’s position as a global logistics hub and stimulate transport, trade and tourism. It is expected to accommodate up to 185 million passengers and […]

Year of sustained momentum for Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports today released its passenger traffic results for the third quarter of 2022, which show that 4.7 million passengers passed through its gateways during the period from July 1 to September 30. The total, handled across Abu Dhabi International Airport and the smaller gateways of Al Ain International, Al Bateen Executive, Delma Island […]

Airports across Asia-Pacific still experiencing challenging times

In spite of the global macroeconomic headwinds and geopolitical instability, the aviation industry has maintained its consistent recovery providing a positive outlook for the year ahead, according to the ACI Asia-Pacific’s Airport Industry Outlook, a quarterly assessment of the airports’ performances. The Airport Industry Outlook for Quarter 3 2022 (July to September), developed in partnership […]

Emirates makes it easier for international passengers to use DXB

In collaboration with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA), Emirates airline is now offering international travellers the opportunity to speed up their airport experience by consenting to the use of biometric data. The first agreement of its kind globally, the strategic partnership between GDRFA and Emirates is a co-operative effort […]

Bold new terminal expansion project opens at Hamad International Airport

Despite being less than a decade old, Hamad International Airport today officially unveiled its airport expansion project to the world. The Qatari gateway believes the expansion, which includes what it calls a “masterpiece garden at the centre of the airport”, will enrich the passenger experience and transform the airport into an “extraordinary destination where any […]

Successful first day at Bahrain International Airshow

The 2022 Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) is underway at the Sakhir Air Base after being officially opened by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister. Celebrating a decade of distinction, Bahrain’s sixth air show is said to be offering an exciting programme of new features, industry-leading […]

Red Sea International Airport set to open by end of next year

Red Sea Global (RSG), the developer behind Saudi Arabia’s new Red Sea International Airport and AMAALA resort, has appointed Reem Emirates Saudi to construct the façade and roof shell of the new gateway and its landside facilities. The airport will be operated by daa International, the international subsidiary of Irish airport operator, daa, which recently […]

Passenger traffic at Kempegowda back to pre-pandemic levels

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (BLR) today announced that it is back at pre-COVID passenger levels owing to the high traffic numbers recorded in its current financial year. Displaying the ongoing momentum of passenger recovery, passenger traffic volumes at BLR registered over 102% growth in domestic travel and about 85% growth in international travel in […]

WBP NEWS

The latest news from ACI’s Asia-Pacific and global World Business Partners. HIGH FASHION AT SYDNEY AIRPORT Sydney Airport is reinvigorating the luxury retail precinct in its T1 International terminal with the arrival of some of the most sought-after brands showcased in a new-look 2,700sqm streetscape. Joining Sydney Airport for the first time are Balenciaga, Bottega […]

New pharma cool chain facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Etihad Cargo in partnership with Abu Dhabi Airports is preparing to launch a new state-of-the-art pharmaceutical cool chain facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Etihad Cargo’s customers will benefit from the carrier’s expanded International Air Transport Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification for pharmaceutical and life science logistics and provision […]

First passengers cross Hong Kong International Airport’s Sky Bridge

Hong Kong International Airport’s impressive Sky Bridge opened today, allowing passengers to conveniently travel between Terminal 1 and its Satellite Concourse (T1S). The latest addition to the airport’s infrastructure is 200-metres long and 28-metres high and equipped with escalators and automated walkways. Spanning a taxiway at the airport, Sky Bridge is the world’s longest airside […]

Planning ahead

Asia-Pacific Airports takes a closer look at a handful of key infrastructure development projects making headlines across the region. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport’s new Terminal 3B Construction of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport’s $3.5 billion Terminal 3B and fourth runway are said to be going well, with the new terminal seemingly on target to be completed […]

Kansai International Airport unveils new look domestic area

Kansai International Airport, operated since 2016 by VINCI Airports with its partner ORIX, has inaugurated a new domestic area in Terminal 1. According to the airport, the first completed stage of planned remodelling work is designed to improve the passenger experience due to the “introduction of more functional commercial spaces redesigned around new shops and […]

Refreshed brand launches new visual identity for Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports today unveiled its refreshed brand architecture and visual identity, which the operator of Abu Dhabi’s five airports believes reaffirms its commitment to developing the aviation sector in the UAE’s capital. According to Abu Dhabi Airports, the “refreshed brand architecture, unifying the visual identity of Abu Dhabi Airports and its subsidiaries, draws inspiration […]

Christchurch Airport introduces Sunflower Lanyard scheme

Christchurch Airport has become the latest gateway to embrace the Sunflower Lanyard scheme, a programme for people who would like a little more assistance without having to ask for it. The lanyards are used by people with a non-visible disability to indicate the wearer would like additional support, assistance or a little more time. Those […]

Airport centric development: Raising the bar in Jeddah

MXD Development Strategists’ Chris LeTourneur outlines what we can expect from Jeddah Airport City and explains why he believes it represents the potential future of airport centric development. Jeddah Airport City at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) is arguably taking airport-centric development to a new level, enhancing the western gateway to the Kingdom of Saudi […]

FROM MAPPING TO TRANSITION

Airport International Group’s Rula Dawood charts Queen Alia International Airport’s pioneering decarbonisation journey in ACI’s Airport CarbonAccreditation programme. A few years after being awarded the 25-year concession to manage the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan, Airport International Group (AIG) commenced the airport’s decarbonisation journey. From the outset it was […]

REGIONAL UPDATE

From making recommendations at the ICAO DGCA Conference and meeting regulators in India to engaging with the Japanese government, ACI Asia-Pacific has been busy engaging with stakeholders and policymakers across the region. MAKING AN IMPRESSION AT ICAO DGCA CONFERENCE Participating at the ICAO DGCA Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea, ACI Asia-Pacific made a strong […]

Christchurch and Hamburg airports form climate change partnership

Christchurch Airport in New Zealand and Hamburg Airport in Germany, two airports on the opposite sides of the earth, have announced that that they will pursue their ambitious climate goals together in the future. The airports have liaised with each other for some time as each has taken a pioneering role in aviation’s decarbonisation journey […]

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on some of the operational, financial and manpower challenges facing the region’s airports and provides an overview on ACI Asia-Pacific’s latest advocacy efforts. A sense of normalcy seems to have been restored to the aviation sector in the last few months following the withdrawal of health measures and inbound travel […]

Brisbane Airport set for biggest ever lost property auction

Brisbane Airport’s Lost Property Auction is back with a record number of valuable items, allowing the public to grab a bargain as well as own some unique pieces of aviation history. 500 lots are up for sale, with online bidding closing on Sunday, November 6. Around 60,000 people per day pass through the Domestic and […]

INDUSTRY NEWS

VINCI AIRPORTS AWARDED CONCESSION FOR FAA’A AIRPORT VINCI Airports will operate Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti for the next 40 years after being awarded the concession to develop it by the French government. The main airport and gateway to French Polynesia, Faa’a International Airport – also known as Tahiti International Airport – welcomed 1.5 million […]

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

The Middle East, sustainability and traffic recovery are among the main focuses of ACI Asia-Pacific’s new president, Emmanuel Menanteau, writes Sunil Subbaiah. Newly appointed ACI Asia-Pacific president, Emmanuel Menanteau, is a well known face in the region, having gained substantial experience working across Asia over the last two decades. Indeed, his assignments to date have […]

BETTER TIMES ARE COMING

The relaxation of travel restrictions and successful COVID vaccination programmes in many parts of Asia-Pacific and the Middle East has led to a cautious sense of optimism for the aviation sector. It feels like the post pandemic recovery of airports in Asia-Pacific and Middle East is finally beginning to gather some pace, with passenger traffic, […]

Balancing the risks in uncertain times

ACI World has published its tenth quarterly assessment analysing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, its effects on airports, and the path to recovery. More than two years since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, a certain “normality” has started to emerge thanks to a historic vaccination effort which […]

ACI Asia-Pacific welcomes ICAO agreement on climate change

ACI Asia-Pacific has welcomed the commitment by ICAO States to adopt a Long Term Aspirational Goal for civil aviation to reach net zero emission by 2050. Director general, Stefano Baronci, said: “As a voice of 127 airport members, operating 618 airports across 46 countries, ACI Asia-Pacific welcomes governments’ support to adopt the 2050 Net-Zero Carbon goal […]

Asia-Pacific Airports – Issue 3, 2022

Interviewed: ACI Asia-Pacific president, Emmanuel Menanteau Special report: Queen Alia’s sustainability journey Plus: ACI Asia-Pacific, Regional and WBP news DOWNLOAD THE ISSUE VIEW FROM THE TOP Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on some of the operational, financial and manpower challenges facing the region’s airports and provides an overview on ACI Asia-Pacific’s latest advocacy efforts. INDUSTRY […]

Robust airline passenger traffic growth but cargo volumes decline

Preliminary August 2022 traffic figures released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed robust recovery in international air passenger markets as pent-up travel demand continued to drive growth, despite increasingly challenging global economic conditions. In August, the region’s airlines carried a combined 13.1 million international passengers, compared to just 1.4 million recorded […]

Call for ambitious environmental agreement at ICAO Assembly

On the eve of ICAO’s 41st Triennial Assembly, Airports Council International (ACI) is calling on States to adopt an ambitious environmental agreement. ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, said: “The adoption of an ambitious environmental agreement at the ICAO 41st Triennial Assembly fully aligned with the Paris Agreement and the aviation industry’s own […]

Europe set to overtake Asia-Pacific as biggest aviation market in 2022

China’s tougher border measures and Japan’s cautious approach towards relaxation of inbound travel restrictions could displace Asia-Pacific as the world’s largest air passenger market for the year 2022. Asia-Pacific which has dominated the civil aviation market for several years prior to the pandemic, is estimated to finish second, behind Europe in terms of passenger share, […]

Bengaluru-Kempegowda welcomes Qantas’ new non-stop Sydney service

Australian national flag carrier, Qantas, today launched a new route to Bengaluru (BLR) from Sydney (SYD), providing the first direct air connection between Southern India and Australia. QF68 will cut nearly three hours off of the current fastest travel time between the two cities and significantly boost connectivity between India and New South Wales. Since […]

Travel records set to tumble at Brisbane Airport

More than one million people will pass through Brisbane Airport in the two weeks of the upcoming school holidays, as travellers make the most of the spring break. The peak times in the Domestic Terminal (6am-9am and 5pm-7pm) will be at 100% of pre-COVID levels during the holiday period, with around 57,000 people passing through […]

Christchurch Airport’s chief executive Malcolm Johns to leave in 2023

New Zealand’s Christchurch Airport has announced that its chief executive, Malcolm Johns, is to leave in 2023 after after nine years at the helm. Board chair, Catherine Drayton, said: “The Board and executive have worked closely to build a strong team and company over the past decade, as the airport has navigated a number of […]

Second hotel opens at Hamad International Airport

Doha’s Hamad International Airport has opened a second airport hotel inside its terminal. The airport says that the Oryx Garden Hotel, which is located in the North Plaza, is “one of many new experiences” that are part of an airport expansion project due for completion ahead of Qatar hosting the FIFA World Cup later this […]

Bahrain International Airport unveils new TGI Fridays outlet

TGI Fridays has launched its first airport branch in the Middle East at Bahrain International Airport (BIA). Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) CEO, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, attended the opening ceremony alongside other officials. Offering an open kitchen concept and contemporary décor, the restaurant can accommodate 118 guests at any one time. Alongside a wide selection […]

New managing director and CEO for ambitious Abu Dhabi Airports

H.E. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri is the new managing director and CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, his brief being to “continue the journey of success” achieved by predecessor, Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi. According to Abu Dhabi Airports, the appointment is in line with the next phase of its development as it continues to transform and […]

BNE home to Australia’s first all electric refuelling vehicle

Australia’s Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, has launched Australia’s first all-electric refuelling vehicle during her first official visit to Brisbane Airport (BNE). Operated by Air bp, the vehicle was developed in Australia, and is the first all-electric hazardous goods vehicle and refueller approved for use in this country. “Its […]

‘Healthy’ half year for Abu Dhabi’s airports

Abu Dhabi Airports has reported “healthy figures for passenger traffic”, revealing that it handled 6.2 million passengers across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Bateen Executive, Delma and Sir Bani Yas Island airports in the first half of 2022. CEO, Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, said: “Our passenger traffic results for this year’s first half represent another stride […]

Brisbane Airport welcomes noise review

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has welcomed today’s release of the Trax International report commissioned by Airservices Australia. “Brisbane Airport wants to minimise the impact on our neighbouring communities. We welcome this independent report and look forward to working with all partners including airlines to reduce noise for residents,” said BAC CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff. BAC […]

DXB’s traffic recovery gathers pace with strong second quarter

A steady surge of growth throughout the second quarter has propelled Dubai International’s (DXB) half yearly traffic to 27.9 million passengers, just 1.2 million shy of the airport’s total annual traffic last year. DXB achieved the milestone despite a significant reduction in capacity resulting from the 45-day closure of its northern runway in May-June for […]

Passenger volumes continue to recover in Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) welcomed 401,000 passengers in July, 2022, a colossal 259.3% increase over the same period last year, although passenger volumes remain significantly down on pre-pandemic levels. Cargo throughput and air traffic movements recorded 17% and 3.1% year-on-year drops to 348,000 tonnes and 11,485 movements, respectively. The relaxation of inbound travel and […]

“Monumental sculpture” sought for Bengaluru Kempegowda

Bengaluru Kempegowda operator, BIAL, today announced an open call inviting artists and art groups to submit proposals for a 20-metre high “monumental sculpture” at the forest belt area in Terminal 2. The Art Programme in Terminal 2 will apparently mirror two themes – Karnataka’s rich heritage and culture and Naurasa – the nine emotions highlighted […]

Traffic rise across region continued in Q2 – ACI Asia-Pacific

There has been cautious sense of optimism for the aviation sector following the relaxation of travel restrictions and successful vaccination programmes in many parts of Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, according to the latest figures released today by ACI Asia-Pacific. The second edition of its Industry Outlook for the second quarter of 2022 (April to […]

WBP NEWS

The latest news from ACI’s Asia-Pacific and global World Business Partners. AIRBIZ WORKS ON PROJECT TO EXPAND GOLD COAST TERMINAL Airbiz says that it is proud to have had the opportunity to work with Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) on a project to increase the size of the Gold Coast Airport terminal to three levels, with […]

Investing in sustainability

Carlos Kaduoka, SITA’s head of business strategy for airports, considers how new technology will play a key role in helping airports respond to the demands for a greener industry. The travel recovery is well underway. As the summer travel season approaches, airlines and airports have been caught off guard by the speed of recovery. Airports […]

COME SHOP WITH ME

Fluent Commerce’s senior vice president of global sales, Rob Shaw, suggests some potential solutions to create a seamless airport shopping experience. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the globe in ways that could not have been predicted – hitting the travel industry especially hard.  And it goes without saying that the lack of travellers has had a […]

ACI NEWS

Senior manager for media and communications, Sunil Subbaiah, rounds-up the latest news and developments from ACI Asia-Pacific. GREEN AIRPORTS RECOGNITION WINNERS ACI Asia-Pacific continued to be vocal and active in promoting airport sustainability at different levels. This year, ACI Asia-Pacific recognised twelve airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East for their outstanding achievements in carbon […]

ACI urging States to reach global agreement on decarbonisation

ACI is calling for the upcoming ICAO meeting in Montréal to reach an agreement on a long-term aspirational goal for CO2 emissions reductions, aligned with the Paris Agreement 1.5°C goal and the industry objective of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The meeting, due to take place at ICAO’s headquarters next week, will examine the […]

Forward thinking

As borders begin to re-open, is it time for APAC airports to reconsider how they will look and digitally interact with passengers in the future? Amadeus’ senior vice president of airport and airline operations for the region, Sarah Samuel, investigates. When the pandemic emerged in 2019, Asia-Pacific was the first to feel its impact. And […]

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on the appointment of a new Regional Board president, the need to focus on decarbonisation, plans for a Middle East office and ACI Asia-Pacific’s advocacy efforts during the first half of 2022. In many ways, the summer of 2022 sparked a fresh lease of life for the aviation industry. COVID-19 […]

ACI Asia-Pacific makes impression at ICAO’s 57th DGCA Conference

ACI Asia-Pacific has called for flexible regulatory policies, innovative procedures, greater efficiency and a better passenger experience as part of its long-term approach to help airports make a sustainable recovery. At the ICAO’s 57th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation for Asia and Pacific Regions in Incheon, South Korea, ACI Asia-Pacific made a number […]

Familiarisation flights begin on Hong Kong’s new third runway

Operation familiarisation for flights on Hong Kong International Airport’s new North Runway started today. At 08.24, a Government Flying Service plane landed as the first flight taking part in the familiarisation on the Third Runway, followed by the first commercial flight, a cargo flight from Shanghai Pudong, touching down at 08.27. Final preparation for operation […]

THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE

Kyung Wook Kim, president and CEO of long-time ASQ champion, Incheon International Airport, tells Joe Bates more about his gateway’s customer service focus and ambitions. WHY DO YOU TAKE GOOD CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE SO SERIOUSLY? Because customer feedback touches on many different areas and sheds light on what we have to do to do even better.  […]

ACI ASIA-PACIFIC BOARD MEETING & REGIONAL ASSEMBLY HELD IN SINGAPORE

Hosted by Changi Airport Group, the 17th ACI Asia-Pacific Board Meeting & Regional Assembly held in Singapore from May 16-18, 2022, proved to be a productive and highly successful event, writes senior manager for media and communications, Sunil Subbaiah. Though scaled down significantly and different from our usual annual gatherings, the event saw an overwhelming […]

HOSTING JOYFUL CONNECTIONS

Dato’ Iskandar Mizal Mahmood, managing director of Malaysia Airports, talks to Joe Bates about his company’s customer service strategy, ASQ successes and recovering from the global pandemic. Anyone who has ever visited Malaysia, particularly those lucky enough to have been on holiday there, will know that they can expect a warm welcome and, more often […]

New interactive gallery promotes attractions of Changi Precinct

Singapore’s gateway to the world has stepped up the promotion of its Changi Precinct, which it hopes will prove a big hit with passengers wishing to explore and have fun as traffic numbers begin to rise again after the global pandemic. The new ‘Hello, Changi Precinct’ gallery in Terminal 3 is essentially designed to drive […]

Green shoots

New ACI data reveals ‘green shoots of recovery’ for airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. The aviation industry in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East is experiencing green shoots of recovery, according to the first edition of Airport Industry Outlook, a new quarterly report by ACI Asia-Pacific. The report, developed in partnership with Mott MacDonald, […]

CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT: LEAN AND GREEN

Christchurch Airport has never lost sight of its sustainability goals and is now arguably the greenest gateway on the planet, writes Joe Bates. Christchurch Airport has set a new sustainability milestone by going beyond being carbon neutral and becoming climate positive. Its general manager for planning and sustainability, Nick Flack, believes the move is an […]

Asia-Pacific Airports – Issue 2, 2022

Airport profile: Christchurch Special report: ACI Asia-Pacific Board Meeting & Regional Assembly Plus: Investing in Sustainability & Green Shoots of Recovery DOWNLOAD THE ISSUE VIEW FROM THE TOP Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on the appointment of a new Regional Board president, the need to focus on decarbonisation, plans for a Middle East office and […]

Etihad resumes flights to Beijing after two-and-a-half year break

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has resumed passenger flights between Abu Dhabi and Beijing. Etihad Airways inaugural flight EY888 landed in Beijing this morning at 05:25 (local time), becoming the first regular direct international passenger service to return to Beijing under the latest mandate of the Joint Prevention and […]

Latest airline traffic figures show ’cause for optimism’

Preliminary May 2022 traffic figures released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed international air passenger demand strengthened markedly amidst the lifting of travel restrictions that unleashed a robust return of travellers since the pandemic. For the month, the number of international passengers carried by Asia Pacific airlines increased more than five-fold […]

Asia-Pacific governments urged to support UN climate goal for aviation

Air Transport Action Group’s executive director, Haldane Dodd, today urged Asia-Pacific’s governments to work together with colleagues from around the world to adopt a long-term climate goal at the upcoming International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly. Dodd, outlining the importance of coming to an agreement at the United Nations level on a long-term climate goal […]

Bechtel to support Tata Projects on construction of new Delhi gateway

Bechtel Engineering and Construction India Private Limited has signed a contract to support Tata Projects in its delivery of Delhi’s new Noida International Airport. Tata Projects’ work includes constructing the terminal, runways and airside infrastructure roads, utilities, landside facilities and other ancillary buildings for an opening capacity of 12 million passengers annually by 2024. Tata […]

Saudi Arabian LCC launches flights to Amman

Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) today welcomed its first flight from Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier, flyadeal, which will operate daily direct services between Amman and Jeddah and Riyadh. The Amman gateway says the new service underscores ongoing efforts to expand its airline and destination networks, while offering passengers diverse, affordable travel options. The inaugural […]

Queensland ends mask mandate at airport terminals

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has welcomed today’s announcement by Minister for Health Y’vette D’Ath that Queensland will end requirements for face masks to be worn within airports at all times. The decision comes after moves by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee to end the mandatory requirement. “The Queensland government’s decision to end the mask […]

Robots at the ready at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport has introduced a new first for India, AI-driven, assistance robots designed enhance passenger experience. Currently at the trial stage, 10 robots have been deployed to help guide passengers through the airport and answer basic queries. It notes that the robot count will be increased in a “calibrated manner” and will be […]

WFS to operate cargo terminal at Bengaluru-Kempegowda

Global air cargo logistics provider, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), has been awarded a 15-year license to operate its first cargo handing operation in India at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (BLR). As a result of the agreement with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), from May 2023, WFS will be responsibible for the development, operation, management and […]

Asia-Pacific airlines enjoy a better month for passenger traffic

Preliminary April 2022 traffic figures released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed a healthy increase in international passenger demand, as the progressive relaxation of border restrictions across the region stimulated business and leisure travel. Overall, Asia-Pacific airlines recorded a 272.9% jump in the number of international passengers carried (a total of […]

Etihad takes first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) delivery at Tokyo Narita

Neste and ITOCHU are celebrating the first delivery its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Etihad Airways at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. The delivery to Etihad marks the first time in Japan that SAF will be supplied to an overseas airline at an airport in Japan. This milestone is a result of the recently expanded partnership […]

‘Green shoots of recovery’ for Asia-Pacific and Middle East

Asia-Pacific and the Middle East aviation industry is experiencing green shoots of recovery, according to the first edition of the Airport Industry Outlook, a quarterly report by Airports Council International Asia-Pacific (ACI APAC). The report, developed in partnership with Mott MacDonald — a global engineering, management and development consultancy— provides a snapshot of how airports […]

Traffic continues to climb at Queen Alia International Airport

Queen Alia International Airport welcomed 1.83 million passengers during the first four months of 2022, 204.8% more than during the corresponding period a year ago. The Jordanian gateway also enjoyed an 126.6% increase in aircraft movements and 31.4% rise in cargo volumes compared to 2021. Queen Alia operator, Airport International Group (AIG), however, notes that […]

Terminal 2 set to resume operations at Singapore Changi on Sunday

Changi Airport Group today announced that operations in Terminal 2 will resume on 29 May 2022, the first phase of the terminal’s re-opening as the gateway prepares to meet the expected increase in passenger traffic in the months ahead. Closed for an upgrade since May 2020, T2’s phased re-opening will augment Changi’s capacity. When completed […]

Emmanuel Menanteau to be next president of ACI Asia-Pacific

Emmanuel Menanteau will become the new president of ACI Asia-Pacific on June 1, succeeding Changi Airport Group CEO, Seow Hiang Lee, whose time in the hot-seat has come to an end. Menanteau – Cambodia Airports’ CEO and VINCI Airports’ area director for the USA, Europe and South East Asia – is a familiar face at […]

Construction update on Singapore Changi’s new Terminal 5

Construction of Changi’s planned Terminal 5 is set to resume in two or three years’ time, ensuring that it is operational by the mid-2030s, according to Singapore’s Transport Minister, S. Iswaran. Work on the project was halted in May 2020 when the global COVID-19 pandemic began to bite in Singapore, and passenger numbers at the […]

New self-service technology unveiled at Perth Airport

Perth Airport says that returning passengers will notice ‘some changes’ in its International terminal that it believes will further enhance the passenger experience. “To streamline passenger check-in, an exciting new addition is the conversion of 16 check-in counters at T1 International into automated bag drops and 36 new self-check-in kiosks in what was the queuing […]

New initiative designed to boost air travel to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has announced a Harmonising Air Travel policy, which it says will make international travel to the Kingdom “simpler, easier and more enjoyable by removing the confusion over travel requirements currently discouraging millions of people from booking flights”. Designed in co-operation with the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation […]

Qantas to resume Perth-London service later this month

Qantas has announced that it will relaunch services between Perth and London, in the UK, from May 23. For the two years following its launch in March 2018, the Qantas non-stop service between Perth and London was one of the airline’s most popular and profitable routes. Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown said it was exciting […]

Asia-Pacific airlines enjoy a better month in March

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) today released its preliminary traffic figures for March 2022 traffic which show  improved growth in international passenger demand as more Asian economies eased travel restrictions after two years of lockdowns and strict border control measures. The number of international passengers carried by the region’s airlines almost tripled to […]

Bengaluru Kempegowda sets new cargo records

Despite challenging circumstances due to multiple waves of COVID, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) recorded its highest-ever cargo volumes in its last financial year (FY2022). The gateway reports that it handled an all-time high tonnage of 411,513 tonnes of cargo, recording a growth of 26% as against 326,643M processed in FY2021. International cargo recorded a […]

New ‘climate positive’ high for Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport has achieved a new milestone for the aviation industry by becoming the world’s first climate positive gateway. Its general manager for planning and sustainability, Nick Flack, believes that the move makes his gateway a global leader in the transition of airports and aviation to a lower carbon future. “Achieving this next level in […]

New aero-medical base set to open at Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is planning to deliver a A$72 million Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base that will connect more Queenslanders to major hospitals and life-saving medical care. The 14,470sqm multi-tenanted facility will be located between Brisbane Airport’s two runways at the Airport North Precinct and will accommodate the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS), LifeFlight, and Queensland Health facilities. […]

Queenstown looking forward to traffic bouncing back over Easter

Queenstown Airport in New Zealand is gearing up for the school holiday period with two busy long weekends expected. Over Easter weekend, between Thursday April, 17 and Monday 21 April, there will be 175 flights (arrivals and departures) with 21,000 passengers anticipated to pass through the terminal. The following Friday, April 22, to Monday, April […]

Plaza Premium Group and marhaba sign joint venture agreement

Plaza Premium Group (PPG) has entered into a joint venture agreement with fellow airport hospitality brand, marhaba, to expand their international offering. The partnership brings together two major hospitality brands to combine knowledge and resources, which according to the partners, “will take airport hospitality to the next level through excellent and innovative airport concierge and […]

EVERYTHING COUNTS

Airport Authority Hong Kong is determined to take the lead in integrating carbon management, sustainable best practices and green design across the airport campus, writes general manager for sustainability, Peter Lee. Climate change has become one of the most pressing global issues in recent years and there has been increasing public concern over the aviation […]

SMART SOLUTION

Getting smart about rate-making and the management of existing infrastructure and resources can help airports recover from the global pandemic, writes Veovo’s marketing manager, Siobhan Boyle. As the aviation market moves into recovery, many airport operators are re-evaluating the value of long-term exclusive gate and terminal lease models. Common use terminals, where airports manage gates […]

WBP NEWS

The latest news from ACI’s Asia-Pacific and global World Business Partners. NEW PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY FOR NEPALESE GATEWAYS The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has selected Collins Aerospace to provide passenger processing and baggage systems at Nepal’s Tribhuvan (KTM), Gautam Buddha (BWA) and Pokhara (PKR) international airports. According to Collins, its solutions will help the airports […]

READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Asia-Pacific Airports magazine takes a closer look at a handful of the sustainability stories making headlines across the region in early 2022. QUEEN ALIA DEMONSTRATES GREEN CREDENTIALS Despite another challenging year for the global air travel industry, Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) says that it marked a number of significant milestones in 2021, one […]

ADAPT AND GROW

Sho Kataoka, manager of NAA’s Airport Sustainability Office, explains why Tokyo Narita has introduced an even more focused and ambitious sustainability plan. The global COVID-19 pandemic has led to extremely tough times for Narita International Airport, with significant suspension and reduction of passenger flights due to travel restrictions for the last two years.  In addition, the […]

REGIONAL UPDATE

Head of communications and events, Jeannie Wong, rounds-up the latest news and developments from ACI Asia-Pacific. SINGAPORE TO HOST 17TH ACI ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL ASSEMBLY After a two year hiatus, ACI Asia-Pacific will hold its first in-person gathering since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on May 18, 2022, when Changi Airport Group hosts the 17th […]

LEADING BY EXAMPLE

Being one of the world’s most environment friendly and sustainable gateways is a top priority for Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, writes CEO, Videh Kumar Jaipuriar. Airports have always been in the spotlight when it comes to their impact on the environment and the steps taken by them to operate in a sustainable manner, and […]

INDUSTRY NEWS

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CHAMPIONS  Thirty two airports from Asia-Pacific and the Middle East have won 2021 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards, which celebrate and showcase the world’s best airports as voiced by travellers. Twenty six awards were shared across eight ‘Best by Size and Region’ categories, and included Indonesia’s Pattimura (AMQ) and Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin (DJB) […]

HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: GOALS GALORE

Hamad International Airport’s chief operating officer, Badr Mohammed Al Meer, tells Joe Bates more about the latest traffic trends, IT innovation and expansion plans of Qatar’s gateway to the world. DOHA’S ANNUAL THROUGHPUT SOARED FROM 12.3 MILLION PASSENGERS IN 2008 TO 38.7 MILLION IN 2019 MAKING IT ONE OF THE WORLD’S FASTEST GROWING AIRPORTS. WHAT […]

VIEW FROM THE TOP

ACI Asia-Pacific director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on a new joint initiative with the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association, a successful trip to the Middle East and changes to the Regional Board. It is fair to say that the first quarter of 2022 didn’t quite turn out the way we had hoped or expected, with […]

Asia-Pacific Airports – Issue 1, 2022

Airport profile: Doha’s Hamad International Airport Special report: Resource management Plus: ACI Asia-Pacific, Regional & WBP news DOWNLOAD THE ISSUE   VIEW FROM THE TOP ACI Asia-Pacific director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on a new joint initiative with the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association, a successful trip to the Middle East and changes to the […]

Bengaluru Kempegowda and Amazon to establish Joint Innovation Centre

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport today revealed that it is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to establish a Joint Innovation Centre (JIC) that it hopes will drive the development and adoption of digital solutions in aviation. According to Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the JIC will also enable start-ups to accelerate innovation in aviation, smart […]

Fraport to end Xi’an Xianyang links by selling stake in Chinese gateway

Global airport operator, Fraport AG, has announced its intention to sell its 24.5% stake in China’s Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. Fraport, which earlier this month announced plans to divest itself of its shares in St Petersburg’s Polkovo Airport following Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, has agreed to sell its shares in Xi’an Xianyang to Chang’an […]

Governments urged to support air travel recovery in Asia-Pacific

ACI Asia-Pacific and the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) are urging governments and policymakers to enact a simpler, harmonised approach for travel health checks and regulations to encourage passenger confidence to fly again as borders progressively reopen. The warning comes as both organisations fear that Asia-Pacific’s air travel industry is losing its competitiveness and […]

Bahrain International Airport celebrates Earth Hour and shows green credentials

Bahrain International Airport (BIA) showed its commitment to environmental sustainability yesterday as it celebrated this year’s Earth Hour by dimming or switching off all non-essential lights across the gateway. Earth Hour is an annual worldwide movement organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, CEO of Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), […]

New study to evaluate potential for SAF in Indian market

Global airport operators Groupe ADP and GMR Airports today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus, Axens and Safranto to conduct a joint study on Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and their potential in India. The objective of the study, conducted under the lead and co-ordination of Groupe ADP and GMR Airports, is to understand […]

BAC welcomes government’s initiative to boost international visitors

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has warmly welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s A$60 million boost to attract international visitors back to Australia, noting that every international aircraft arriving in Brisbane brings up to A$1 million worth of economic activity for the country. This funding boost, it states, will encourage travellers to ‘bring back the bucket list’ […]

Emirates set to restart dual airport cargo operations in Dubai

Emirates SkyCargo is to “reactivate” its cargo hub at Dubai World Central (DWC) for dedicated freighter aircraft operations from March 26, 2022. The move to reinstate operation at Emirates SkyCentral DWC will mark a return to dual hub cargo operations in Dubai for the air cargo carrier after a period of nearly two years. In […]

Malaysia getting ready for return of international passengers

Malaysia Airports (MAHB) has revealed that its international airports are “getting ready to receive the influx of international passengers into the country” once its borders reopen on April 1, 2022. It notes that it has been continuously working with the Malaysian authorities, including the Ministry of Health (MOH), to improve the process flow at its […]

Brisbane Airport welcomes back Emirates’ A380 aircraft on Dubai route

Brisbane Airport (BNE) has welcomed Emirates’ A380 back to Queensland’s skies for the first time in nearly three years, with the iconic superjumbo returning to the gateway last night. Emirates’ A380 will resume daily services between BNE and Dubai (DXB), replacing the airline’s other wide-body aircraft that serviced the route throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the […]

New LEGO store and tech shop open at Melbourne Airport

Lagardère Travel Retail opened two new stores at Melbourne Airport this week – a LEGO store and Tech2Go outlet. Located in Terminal 4, the new LEGO store is expected to prove popular with both kids and their parents, while the Tech2Go  is said to be the “go-to place for customers seeking out new and exciting […]

Celebrations as international flights return to Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport (MEL) today welcomed back international tourists from around the globe to Victoria for the first time in almost two years. This morning two of Melbourne’s top chefs were among those at MEL’s international terminal to provide a warm welcome to arriving passengers. Frank Camorra of MoVida and Shane Delia of Maha surprised some […]

Sustainable aviation fuel now available at Singapore Changi

Shell announced today that it has become the first supplier of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to customers at Singapore Changi. It notes that it has also completed the upgrading of its facility in Singapore which will enable blending of SAF in Singapore. The company believes that its announcement represents a significant milestone for the aviation […]

Queen Alia’s customer service efforts recognised by ACI World

For the second year in a row, Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport has been recognised in ACI Worlds ‘Voice of the Customer’ initiative. The initiative acknowledges airports that continued to prioritise passengers and remained committed to ensuring their voice was heard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. To qualify for this recognition, which is separate […]

Valentine’s Day flowers boost cargo volumes at Bengaluru-Kempegowda

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) facilitated the movement of more than 183,000 kilos of roses to 25 international and domestic destinations in the build up to Valentine’s Day – nearly twice as many as last year. It notes that domestic shipments have witnessed a 200% plus increase, rising to around 6.5 million rose stems, while […]

Dubai Airports joins United for Wildlife’s Transport Taskforce

The CEO of Dubai Airports underlined the transport hub’s commitment to helping eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife after signing a declaration at a special event with Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and founder of The Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife. Paul Griffiths spoke after becoming the latest signatory of The Buckingham Palace Declaration, […]

Plaza Premium Group expecting busy Chinese New Year

Plaza Premium Group (PPG) is anticipating a major travel surge during the Lunar New Year festive period, as families travel to reunite for the Spring Festival. To bring luck to travellers in the Year of the Tiger, the Group is presenting Lunar New Year offers across Plaza Premium Lounges, Aerotels and the Smart Traveller loyalty […]

Airlines continue to struggle due to collapse of international travel

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) says that its preliminary traffic results for 2021 show the “continued decimation in international air passenger demand for the region’s airlines”. In summary, it noted that “tight border restrictions implemented in response to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic dashed hopes of recovery in air travel markets”. Overall, the 16.7 […]

Rising cargo volumes boost Hong Kong’s 2021 traffic performance

While 2021 was a year to forget for Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) in terms of passenger traffic, the picture couldn’t have been more different for cargo, with the gateway handling five million tonnes (+12.5%) of freight. The upturn in cargo volumes ensured that the airport handled more freight last year than the 4.8 million […]

Pop-up gin shop opens at Melbourne Airport

Lagardère Travel Retail has joined forces with Four Pillars to bring a pop-up gin shop to Terminal 1 at Melbourne Airport. Open now, the one-stop gin shop offers a selection of Four Pillars gins, including core and limited releases. A select range of ‘Made from Gin’ products is also available to purchase, including Breakfast Negroni, […]

Perth Airport embarks on “significant” security upgrade

Perth Airport has announced that it has “embarked on a significant upgrade” of its passenger screening infrastructure across all terminals. The new advanced security screening equipment is being introduced as part of the Federal Government mandate to further strengthen Australia’s domestic and international aviation security. Airport CEO, Kevin Brown, said the airport’s top priority is […]

Kazakhstan’s Almaty Airport reopens for flights

Almaty Airport, which was closed to flights for security reasons on the evening of January 5 during the events in Kazakhstan, reopened for flights today. The gateway is part of TAV Airports’ global airport network. TAV Airports president and CEO, Sani Şener, said: “Kazakhstan has a special importance for us due to our historical and […]

WBP NEWS

The latest news from ACI’s Asia-Pacific and global World Business Partners. NEW ALMATY BAGGAGE SYSTEM AWARDED TO ALSTEF GROUP Alstef Group has been awarded the contract to install the baggage handling system for the new international terminal at Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan. Situated on the ancient trade route known as the ‘Silk Road’, the […]

Home and away

We take a closer look at a handful of headline grabbing corporate social responsibility initiatives taking place in the Asia-Pacific region and across the globe. NEW CAMPUS TO PROVIDE SHELTER AND EDUCATION FOR 300 GIRLS Bengaluru Kempegowda operator, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), and main shareholder Fairfax have joined forces with the Sparsha Trust on […]

Transforming KIX

Kansai Airports is renovating Kansai International Airport’s existing facilities and introducing new technology to enhance the passenger experience. Kansai Airports  – a consortium created by VINCI Airports and ORIX in 2015 – has launched the largest airport renovation project in the region for 50 years to boost the airport’s appeal and support Japan’s post-pandemic recovery.  […]

Luxury and sustainability: Saudi Arabia’s new Red Sea Airport

Sustainability and the environment are a top priority at Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea airport project where daa International has been awarded the contract to operate the new airport on completion, writes Curtis Grad. An entirely different class of airport is being built on the remote Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, one that will be […]

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on the work of ACI Asia-Pacific over the final quarter of 2021 and looks forward to next year. While the summer months saw the progressive resumption of travel in many parts of the world, international travel, particularly in Asia, struggled with the resurgence of the delta variants of the coronavirus. […]

Dubai International Airport fully operational ahead of December peak period

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is 100% operational again with all terminals, concourses, lounges, restaurants and retail outlets open for business following the reopening of the final phase of Terminal 3’s Concourse A. Terminal 3 is expected to serve more than 1.6 million passengers in the second half of December during the month’s peak seasonal travel […]

INDUSTRY NEWS

GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY HELD FOR DELHI-NOIDA The clock is running down to the opening of Delhi’s new Noida International Airport (NIA) after the foundation stone for the new gateway was put in place in the presence of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. In the picture above, NIA CEO, Christoph Schnellmann, and Daniel Bircher, chairman and managing […]

Siem Reap handles first international flight for 20 months

Siem Reap International Airport handled its first international flight since March 2020 today when Singapore Airlines relaunched services to Cambodia’s second largest city. As of today, Singapore Airlines will operate daily flights between Siem Reap and Singapore on the Boeing 737-8, which features the airline’s all-new narrow-body cabin products. The carrier notes that will also […]

Regional update

Head of communications and events, Jeannie Wong, rounds-up the latest news and developments from ACI Asia-Pacific. NET-ZERO CARBON INITIATIVES  Climate change and sustainability continue to be at the forefront of our minds with various activities and initiatives revolving around these topics.  Earlier this year, ACI airport members across the globe pledged to achieve Net-Zero Carbon […]

Honeywell signs MOU with Riyadh Airports Company

Honeywell and Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the use of Honeywell technologies that enable integration and automation at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) to increase efficiency, predictability and safety in its airport operations while also minimising environmental impact. The MoU between RAC and Honeywell outlines the implementation, […]

Building for the future

President and CEO, Jerry Dann, tells Joe Bates more about the ambitions and future development plans of Taoyuan International Airport. Can you tell me more about your planned new Terminal 3 and how big a milestone it is for the airport?  It is a huge milestone for Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) as it will boost […]

Hong Kong’s airport operator outlines Net Zero 2050 carbon strategy

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today unveiled the target and strategy to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050 at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), with a midpoint target of 55% reduction of absolute emissions by 2035 from a 2018 baseline. Fred Lam, CEO of AAHK, said: “Sustainability is at the centre of our long-term development […]

Asia-Pacific Airports – Issue 4, 2021

Airport report: Taipei Taoyuan Special report: Corporate Social Responsibility Plus: Red Sea Airport & Transforming KIX   READ THE ISSUE ONLINE DOWNLOAD THE ISSUE   VIEW FROM THE TOP Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on the work of ACI Asia-Pacific over the final quarter of 2021 and looks forward to next year. INDUSTRY NEWS A […]

Queen Alia reaffirms commitment to customer service excellence

Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport has renewed its Level 2 Airport Customer Experience Accreditation (ACEA) issued by ACI World until November 2022. The Jordanian gateway, operated by the Airport International Group (AIG), initially obtained this accreditation in 2020 in acknowledgement of its efforts to promote service excellence and customer satisfaction, becoming one of only five […]

Expressions of Interest invited for Brisbane Airport’s BNE Auto Mall

Brisbane Airport is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for its largest non-aviation project undertaken to date, BNE Auto Mall. The EOI is calling for reputable businesses and groups with experience and capability in managing exemplar entertainment, hospitality, events, and track facilities to become the Track and Event Operator. BNE Auto Mall will be located […]

‘World leading’ energy park to be built at Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport is committing 400 hectares of its Harewood campus to Kōwhai Park – a new platform for generating renewable energy at scale to enable businesses to transition away from fossil fuels. The pioneering project was launched with New Zealand’s Energy Minister, Megan Woods; Climate Change Minister, James Shaw; and Christchurch mayor, Lianne Dalziel, planting […]

Hong Kong International Airport to host Virtual Job Fair

More than 1,000 job openings at over 30 companies associated with Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) will be up for grabs at a Virtual Job Fair tomorrow and on Friday. The event has been organised by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) and the Labour Department with the job opportunities said to be across the entire […]

Bengaluru Kempegowda unveils new fire rescue vehicle simulator

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) has become the first gateway in South Asia to commission a Rosenbauer Tactical Simulator, an addition it says further strengthens its firefighting capabilities. With this simulator, firefighters can train in a realistic environment, master the tactical use of Rosenbauer Panther crash fire tenders (CFTs) as well as operate High Reach […]

Easing of travel restrictions leads to 20% upturn in traffic at DXB

Dubai Airports today revealed that passenger traffic through Dubai International Airport (DXB) has grown by almost 20% in the last four weeks to reach 20.7 million in the year to date to October. It notes that the upturn in traffic is down to the changes in travel restrictions in key global markets in recent months […]

eVTOL test flight at Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport

Volocopter has completed the first test flight of its 2X aircraft in South Korea at Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport. It was the first ever crewed public test flight of a fully electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi in South Korea and was witnessed by the country’s Minister for Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, Noh […]

Sydney Airport accepts huge A$23.6 billion bid from consortium

Sydney Airport is set to be sold for a colossal A$23.6 billion ($17.5 billion) after the board unanimously voted to accept an offer from an infrastructure investment group. The offer from Sydney Aviation Alliance (SAA) has been on the table for over a month and the deal, should it go through, will make it one […]

Perth Airport welcomes launch of new service to Tasmania

The state government and Perth Airport has congratulated Virgin Australia as it turns its attention to introducing new routes between Western Australia and Tasmania with the launch of a non-stop service between Perth and Launceston which commenced today. Western Australian government tourism minister, David Templeman, said he was excited to welcome the new Virgin Australia […]

ACI Asia-Pacific urges more governments to reopen borders

ACI Asia-Pacific today urged more governments to reopen borders and relax quarantine requirements especially in countries which have reached satisfactory vaccination rates, to prevent repeat of a dismal year for Asia-Pacific and Middle East airports. This follows the release of latest figures forecasting sustained losses in 2021 for airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. […]

WBP NEWS

The latest news from ACI’s Asia-Pacific and global World Business Partners. PLAZA PREMIUM GROUP AWARDED BENGALURU KEMPEGOWDA CONCESSION Bangalore International Airport Limited has awarded the Plaza Premium Group (PPG) a 10-year concession to carry out a host of passenger service activities at Bengaluru Kempegowda. As a result, PPG will provide meet and assist, porter, PRM […]

Weak international demand ensures tough times for Asia-Pacific airlines

Preliminary September 2021 traffic figures released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reveal yet another month of severe weakness in international air passenger demand, whereas international air cargo markets continued to strengthen on the back of growth in demand. For the month, the region’s airlines carried a combined total of 1.2 million international […]

Taking to the cloud

A new era of connectivity, innovation and opportunity has begun for Cambodia Airports, writes Laurence Erbs, general manager for Siem Reap International Airport. Recently, I joined Cambodia Airports and found that, like many others, we were beginning the process of further modernising by moving to the cloud. The decision to continue this forward-looking project even […]

Parking puzzle

ACI Asia-Pacific’s Samantha Solomon explores the role of simulations in airplane parking projects before, during and post pandemic. Like all in the aviation sector, the impact of the pandemic has not left global consulting firm Beca untouched. Over the course of the pandemic, the New Zealand-company has seen airport design projects terminated, postponed, or reduced […]

Investing in Sustainabilty

It might not seem like a priority right now, but ACI World has revealed that more than $2.4 trillion will have to be spent on enhancing the infrastructure of the world’s airports by 2040 in order to meet future demand. The size of the task ahead – which will include modernising existing facilities as well […]

Green energy

Anaerobic digestion can help airports become more environmentally friendly and reduce their carbon footprint, writes Jocelyne Bia. Before the coronavirus outbreak stole the headlines, the main concern for people and governments around the world was the climate emergency and the need for urgent action. Like many other industries, the aviation sector was under pressure to […]

Regional update

Communications manager, Samantha Solomon, rounds-up the latest news and developments from ACI Asia-Pacific. BE PART OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTION From the Pacific Islands stretching across Asia and into the Middle East, airports of all sizes are having to adapt to and manage the effects of climate change. Whether this means coping with the effects […]

Sustainable mission

Joffrey Maï explains how VINCI Airports is rolling out the group’s pioneering global environmental strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. VINCI Airports is leveraging its position as one of the world’s biggest airport operators to enhance the environmental performance of its Asia-Pacific gateways and help set the sustainability bar for airports across the globe. Asia, of […]

New analysis recognises Perth Airport’s sustainable development

Perth Airport has achieved an overall score of 98% in annual analysis by the Global ESG Benchmark for Real Assets (GRESB). GRESB is an international process that rates the environmental, social and governance performance of major infrastructure assets. Perth Airport CEO, Kevin Brown, said that the 98% score was an outstanding improvement over the 76% […]

INDUSTRY NEWS

NEW AIRPORTS OPEN IN MALAYSIA AND CHINA Despite today’s tough operating environment, the number of airports in the Asia-Pacific region continues to grow with the recent opening of the new Mukah Airport (MKM) in Sarawak, Malaysia, and Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (TFU) in China. Mukah’s new $70 million gateway replaces the town’s former short take-off […]

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Director General, Stefano Baronci, reflects on the importance of air travel and some key priorities and initiatives planned by ACI Asia-Pacific for the remainder of 2021. After 20 months of virtual calls, I finally got to meet the director generals of ACI’s other regions in person again this summer after flying to Rome for a […]

BAC reveals ‘concerns’ about key elements of roadmap to re-opening of Queensland

Brisbane Airport operator, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), today issued the following statement in response to the announcement of a roadmap to easing travel restrictions in Queensland. The statement, in full, reads: “We’re pleased to see a roadmap to the reopening of Queensland. However, there are elements of it that are of great concern in relation […]

Making milestones

Bangalore International Airport Limited’s managing director and CEO, Hari Marar, tells Joe Bates more about the ambitions and development plans for India’s third busiest gateway. Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport has been making milestones since it opened, and the desire to be the best airport in India means that this trend is unlikely to stop over […]

Vancouver unveils roadmap to net zero carbon emissions

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has unveiled its roadmap to net zero carbon emissions, which it claims balances innovative approaches with practical actions that will see the gateway’s operations become net zero by 2030. Earlier this year, YVR was the first airport in Canada to commit to net zero emissions by 2030, accelerating its original climate commitment by […]

Da Nang in Vietnam to host Routes Asia in June 2022

Routes Asia will take place in Vietnam for the first time when Da Nang hosts the region’s 16th annual route development forum in 2022. The air transport industry and the economic benefits it brings will, of course, be critical to enabling the world’s economic recovery from COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past three years, more than […]

Bengaluru Kempegowda becomes perishable cargo leader

The 48,130 tonnes of perishable shipments handled at Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport in its last financial year made it India’s leading gateway for handling time sensitive goods such as fruit, vegetables, flowers and poultry. Using figures from India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Bengaluru Kempegowda (BLR) says that it handled 31% […]

DXB launches new food, beverage and retail ordering service

Dubai International Airport (DXB) today launched the region’s first mobile F&B and retail ordering service without the need to download an app. From today, all hungry passengers have to do is reach for their mobile to order food and drinks from DXB’s F&B outlets and have it delivered directly to them. And the ability to […]

Brisbane Airport welcomes Australia’s move to re-open international border

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has welcomed the announcement of the framework to safely re-open Australia to the world in the coming months. “This is the best news we’ve had in more than a year,” enthused BAC CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff. “We stand ready to work with Commonwealth agencies and the Queensland Government to facilitate the […]

Dufry extends duty free concession at Cambodia’s main airports

Dufry has extended its duty-free concession at Cambodia’s three international airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville or five and a half years. The airports handled a total of 11.6 million international travellers in 2019, although these kind of figures are not expected to return for a while as COVID continues to restrict global […]

Queenstown not convinced about need for new Central Otago Airport

Queenstown Airport today questioned the need for a new Central Otago Airport in New Zealand. The new airport is being proposed by Christchurch Airport on the basis of a preliminary aeronautical assessment of its proposed location in Tarras. The assessment suggests that the site is able to support an airfield with a single runway of […]

Shell outlines sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) ambitions

Royal Dutch Shell plc has announced its ambition to produce around two million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) a year by 2025. It also aims to have at least 10% of its global aviation fuel sales as SAF by 2030. “Currently, sustainable aviation fuel accounts for less than 0.1% of the world’s use of […]

Asia-Pacific Airports – Issue 3, 2021

Airport report: Bengaluru Kempegowda Special report: Cambodia’s cloud initiative Plus: Parking puzzle, Industry & WBP news   READ THE ISSUE ONLINE DOWNLOAD THE ISSUE   VIEW FROM THE TOP Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on the continued challenges of COVID-19 and ACI Asia- Pacific’s efforts to hasten the industry’s recovery and ensure its future sustainability. […]

New initiatives designed to ensure Perth Airport is COVID-safe

Perth Airport today reassured the travelling public that it continues to roll out new COVID-safe initiatives and practices through its car parks and terminals to keep passengers and workers safe. According to the airport’s chief commercial officer, Kate Holsgrove, the Australian gateway has “reimagined the traveller journey from carpark to forecourt, to terminal, to security, to […]

Cargo volumes and passenger numbers rise in Hong Kong

Cargo volumes at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) continue to go in the right direction, rising by 15.5% in August as 429,000 tonnes of freight passed through the gateway. All three cargo categories – namely imports, exports and transhipments – recorded double-digit growth at HKG in August. Cargo to and from North America and Southeast […]

Christchurch Airport ready for challenges ahead after announcing FY21 profit

New Zealand’s Christchurch Airport has reported net profit after tax of NZ$38.7 million for its 2021 financial year (FY21), off a total income of NZ$189.5 million. The profit included underlying operating profit and revaluations of investment property on its Christchurch Campus and is slightly down on the NZ$46.7 million net profit after tax it recorded […]

Launch of Dubai Airports Youth Council in UAE

Dubai Airports has for the first time collaborated with the UAE’s Federal Youth Authority (FYA) to create the Dubai Airports Youth Council. Aligned with other top UAE government entities, the DA Youth Council was developed with the vision of the UAE’s leaders in mind and is the latest example of the airport’s commitment to developing […]

Queenstown Airport Corporation looking to future after tough year

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) has admitted that implementing a plan to “stabilise the business in the complex and uncertain operating environment created by COVID-19″ was top of the agenda during its last financial year, ending June 30. Reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 on the business and the region, QAC Board chair, Adrienne Young-Cooper, noted […]

Hong Kong cargo giant introduces its first robot to enhance efficiency

The largest independent cargo handler at Hong Kong International Airport has turned to robotic technology to help it locate and retrieve spare parts in its newly opened Automated Parts Store (APS). According to Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl),  the new robotically-operated parts dispensing system enables urgently-needed spares to be quickly accessed around the […]

On the right track

A new A$10 billion rail link looks set to make travelling to Melbourne Airport quicker, easier and more environmentally friendly, writes Joe Bates. While few Asia-Pacific airports can boast high speed rail links like the ones at Frankfurt and Zurich airports in Europe, the region is no stranger to impressive train connections with Kuala Lumpur, […]

Traffic struggles continue for Asia-Pacific’s airlines

Preliminary June 2021 traffic figures released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) show that international passenger demand remained suppressed by ongoing tight border restrictions. Across the Asia Pacific region, many countries recorded a surge in COVID-19 transmissions caused by new variants, with limited vaccine supplies hampering vaccination progress. Indeed, the region’s airlines […]

WBP NEWS

The latest news from ACI’s Asia-Pacific and global World Business Partners. NEW MILESTONE FOR DELHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT’S TAXIBOT Indira Gandhi International Airport’s semi-robotic aircraft towing vehicle, TaxiBot, has successfully completed 1,000 operations, reducing the Indian gateway’s CO2 emissions by 532 tonnes and helping save 214,000 litres of aircraft fuel in the process. Introduced two years […]

New IT solutions to prepare Clark International Airport for future growth

Clark International Airport (CRK) in the Philippines has selected a suite of Collins Aerospace ARINC airport solutions to help provide a seamless passenger experience for the increased number of travellers expected to pass through the airport following its 2021 expansion. The gateway has selected ARINC’s passenger processing and airport operation solutions to move passenger flow […]

Every little counts

We turn the spotlight on Hamad International Airport’s efforts to enhance its waste management, green operations at Phnom Penh International Airport and carbon accreditation for Hawke’s Bay Airport. Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) to improve its waste management. As a […]

Redefining airport retail

A pioneering new e-commerce initiative aims to make airport shopping at Malaysia’s airports and at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Turkey easier and more convenient. Malaysia Airports is one of the world’s largest airport operators in terms of passenger numbers, handling more than 141.2 million across its network of 39 Malaysian airports and Istanbul […]

Singapore based firm to provide test credentials for IATA Travel Pass

Accredify, a Singapore-based firm that creates and issues verifiable documents, today announced that it has signed an agreement with the IATA to issue COVID-19 Test Credentials that will be accepted for IATA Travel Pass. This collaboration will make Accredify one of the first lab and clinic aggregators in the Asia-Pacific region to participate in the […]

Egypt’s Nile Air launches weekly services to Al Ain

Al Ain International Airport (AAN), owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Airports, has welcomed two new weekly flights from Cairo. The inaugural Nile Air service from the Egyptian capital landed at Al Ain International Airport on Monday, July 12, at 21:15 local time. Francois Bourienne, chief commercial officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are […]

HOLDING PATTERN

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) director general, Subhas Menon, praises the resiliency of the region’s airlines as the aviation industry awaits the smart, sustainable and safe restart of international travel. To the casual observer, the Asian aviation industry should be close to collapse after the unrelenting onslaught of bad news and misfortune in the […]

REGIONAL UPDATE

Communications manager, Samantha Solomon, rounds-up the latest news and developments from ACI Asia-Pacific. ASIA-PACIFIC AIRPORTS IMPROVE LOCAL AIR QUALITY Six airport members from Australia, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR and India received top honours in this year’s Green Airports Recognition programme for outstanding achievements in improving local air quality. The submissions showcased innovative practices ranging […]

New Zealand to review airport funding and air navigation system

The New Zealand Airports Association (NZ Airports) has welcomed the confirmation of a wide-ranging review which will encompass the funding needs of smaller airports. The announcement, made by Transport Minister, Michael Wood, includes a review of the country’s air navigation system, which will involve looking at the form and functions of Airways NZ, the national […]

Global effort

With international travel still very much on hold because of COVID-19, it is going to take the effort of all industry stakeholders to restore global connectivity, writes James Brass from aviation consultancy, York Aviation. The last 18 months has been profoundly strange for the air transport industry. After years of growth and expanding route networks, […]

Reconnecting the world

Travel bubbles, health passports and new touchless technology are all set to play a role in facilitating aviation’s recovery from COVID-19, writes Joe Bates. With traffic numbers still significantly down on pre-pandemic levels and airlines understandably reluctant to launch new routes in such a tough operating climate, the aviation industry remains very much in survival […]

Big investments needed in new infrastructure to meet future demand

A new study by ACI World shows that Asia-Pacific and Middle East airports will have to develop new greenfield airports and invest in modernising and expanding their existing airport infrastructure to meed demand over the next 20 years. According to The Global Outlook of Airport Capital Expenditure,at least $1.3 trillion needs to be invested on […]

Local community groups benefit from Brisbane Airport grants

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has distributed more than A$18,000 in grants to 19 charitable organisations and community groups as part of its philanthropic Community Giving Fund. BAC acknowledges in the current environment, it is now more important than ever to support organisations doing exceptional work in our community. Twice a year BAC calls for applications […]

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on the continued challenges of COVID-19 and ACI Asia-Pacific’s efforts to hasten the industry’s recovery and ensure its future sustainability. The road to travel recovery is proving to be bumpy and winding in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, with uncertainties playing out on many levels and a resurgence of COVID-19 […]

INDUSTRY NEWS

GUANGZHOU BAIYUN WAS THE WORLD’S BUSIEST AIRPORT IN 2020 The global impact of COVID-19 meant that 2020’s world traffic rankings had a very different look to normal, with Guangzhou Baiyun (CAN) in China replacing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL) as the busiest gateway on the planet. Guangzhou Baiyun took top spot by handling 43.7 million passengers in […]

Expansion on the horizon

With new owners and a capacity doubling new terminal on the way, the future looks bright for Kazakhstan’s Almaty Airport, writes Joe Bates. Almaty Airport is under new ownership after a consortium led by global airport operator, TAV Airports, acquired the Kazakhstan gateway earlier this year. The deal is expected to take Kazakhstan’s gateway to […]

Hong Kong cargo giant Hactl to open aircraft engine handling complex

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) is making a bid to increase Hong Kong’s involvement in the movement of aero engines through the establishment of a new Aero Engine Handling Centre at Homng Kong International Airport. Hong Kong is one of only two locations in Asia which have certified repair, modification and overhaul facilities […]

Asia-Pacific Airports – Issue 2, 2021

Focus on: Route development Special report: Travel bubbles & health passports Plus: Sustainability, e-commerce & WBP news   READ THE ISSUE ONLINE DOWNLOAD THE ISSUE   VIEW FROM THE TOP Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on the continued challenges of COVID-19 and ACI Asia-Pacific’s efforts to hasten the industry’s recovery and ensure its future sustainability. […]

Airports confirm commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050

ACI Asia-Pacific welcomes the announcement that ACI World and the five ACI regions – in collaboration with members – have created a long-term carbon goal for their member airports. The announcement simply says: “ACI member airports at a global level commit to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and urge governments to provide the […]

Wizz Air expecting busy next summer in Abu Dhabi

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced that it will serve 24 destinations from the UAE hub from the summer of 2022. Among the destinations are routes to Kazakhstan, Greece, Egypt, Oman, Ukraine, Israel, Serbia, Armenia, Georgia, Cyprus, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania. According to the […]

WBP NEWS

The latest news from ACI’s Asia-Pacific and global World Business Partners. VANDERLANDE WINS NEW SYDNEY AIRPORT CONTRACT Vanderlande has been chosen to supply the baggage handling system (BHS) for Australia’s planned new Western Sydney International Airport (WSIA). The greenfield project is being completed in several phases and is expected to enter operational readiness and acceptance […]

Gold in the hold

Its chief officer for cargo, Guillaume Halleux, tells us more about the airport facilities, fleet and route network that make Qatar Airways one of the world’s biggest cargo airlines. How important is cargo to Qatar Airways? The cargo division is a significant contributor to the airline’s revenue and overall business, and this has been growing […]

Emirates and flydubai ramping up operations from Dubai International Airport

Emirates and flydubai expect to serve 168 destinations from Dubai by the end of May, a route network that they believe delivers on their customer promise to reintroduce more convenience, choice and seamless connectivity for travellers. Since the revival of their strategic codeshare partnership in early September 2020, close to 500,000 passengers have flown on […]

Keeping cool

SATS has continued to invest in equipment, manpower and new cargo handling solutions to serve its customers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, writes senior vice president for cargo services, Nazri Othman. The air cargo industry has experienced sharp declines in cargo volumes with COVID-19 disrupting supply chains around the world since its onset last year. As […]

Hong Kong’s traffic recovery continues with double digit rise in cargo volumes

Cargo volumes at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) are rising, although passenger numbers continue to struggle, based on the gateway’s April traffic statistics, released today by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK). The latest totals show that the airport handled 389,000 tonnes of cargo (+15.5%) in April, and while both its passenger numbers and air traffic […]

REMAINING RESILIENT

Lim Ching Kiat, managing director, air hub development at Changi Airport Group, explains how Changi Airport is helping maintain Singapore’s air cargo supply chain and spearheading its recovery from COVID-19. COVID-19 has gravely impacted the global aviation industry and cargo volumes at Singapore Changi initially proved no exception, with throughput down due to the significant […]

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Vivian Lau, executive director of Hong Kong cargo handling giant, Hactl, looks back on a tough year for aviation and hopes for better things for the industry in 2021. To say that 2020 was an extraordinary year for air cargo and the aviation industry would be an understatement. After a promising start with solid cargo […]

Federal funding for Newcastle Airport’s airfield upgrade

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, visited Newcastle Airport today to announce the much-anticipated funding for a significant upgrade to the airfield that Newcastle Airport accesses from RAAF Base Williamtown. The upgrade works, which will commence this year in conjunction with the RAAF’s scheduled runway maintenance programme, will see the runway upgraded to Code E status, […]

Advantage Anchorage

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport enjoyed a record breaking year for cargo and has some ambitious plans to enhance its freight facilities, writes marketing and communications manager, Eland Conway. The coronavirus pandemic has caused global disruption and a downturn in passenger traffic the likes of which we’ve never seen before, and Ted Stevens Anchorage International […]

Industry News

LEADING BY EXAMPLE – ASIA-PACIFIC’S 2020 ASQ WINNERS It might have been easy for the region’s airports to let their usual high customer service standards drop in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic significantly reduced their passenger numbers, but ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards prove otherwise, with 30 winning Best Airport by Size accolades and […]

Hamad’s Asset Management System renews BSI excellence certification

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport continues to be recognised for its sustainability efforts, this week having its Asset Management System (AMS) ISO 55001:2014 certification from the British Standards Institution (BSI) renewed for another three years. The Doha gateway believes that the recertification endorses its approach to delivering efficient and effective asset management across the airport’s infrastructure. […]

ACI Asia-Pacific Regional update

Communications manager, Samantha Solomon, rounds-up the latest news and developments from ACI Asia-Pacific. HUMAN RESOURCES CASE STUDIES The Regional Human Resources (HR) Committee has published a guide that is designed to help airports prepare their respective workplaces and workforce for the return to the new normal. Via this publication, the committee sought to highlight key […]

Vertical reality

We take a closer look at plans for the world’s first vertiport for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in Singapore and how its opening might revolutionise taxi services at Changi Airport. It feels like momentum is gathering pace in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America for a new type of airport taxi – one […]

Asia-Pacific’s cargo hubs: Delivering the goods

Editor, Joe Bates, reports on the 2020 performance of the region’s leading cargo hubs and the key role they are playing in helping distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. In terms of volumes and payloads, air cargo fared much better than the passenger side of the business in 2020, and that seems likely to be repeated for […]

Executive jet facilities to be enhanced in Hong Kong

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has given the green light to Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre (HKBAC) to expand its business aircraft facilities at Hong Kong International Airport. The airport operator is confident that the HK$400 million project will “further enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong as an international aviation hub” and supports “Hong Kong’s […]

Welcome to the future: Spotlight on Bahrain’s new terminal

Bahrain Airport Company CEO, Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah, tells Joe Bates more about what passengers can expect from the airport’s new state-of-the-art terminal. Bahrain International Airport (BIA) celebrated a major milestone on January 28 when its eagerly awaited new terminal opened for business. The new state-of-the-art facility is the crowning jewel of a massive and comprehensive […]

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on how ACI Asia-Pacific has stepped up its efforts to support its airport members and World Business Partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whisper it softly, but with the global roll out of COVID-19 vaccines gathering pace, there are finally reasons to believe that the end of the pandemic could be […]

Australian and New Zealand airports celebrate return of trans-Tasman flights

Airports in Australia and New Zealand have been celebrating the reopening of quarantine free trans-Tasman travel for the first time in 12 months. In Brisbane, Brisbane Airport opened 16 ‘Green Lane’ services yesterday to accommodate Air New Zealand and Qantas flights between BNE and Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. The airport reports that all eight arrivals […]

Sneak preview of Chengdu Tianfu’s commercial offerings

China Duty Free Group (CDFG) and The Design Solution today provided a sneak preview of their design scheme for the 4,000sqm airside commercial area at Chengdu’s new Tianfu International Airport (TFU). The airport is due to open in mid 2021, ready for the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Chengdu 2021 Summer World University Games in […]

Asia-Pacific Airports – Issue 1, 2021

Issue theme: Cargo Airport report: Bahrain & Anchorage Plus: ACI Asia-Pacific, Industry & WBP news   READ THE ISSUE ONLINE DOWNLOAD THE ISSUE   VIEW FROM THE TOP Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on how ACI Asia-Pacific has stepped up its efforts to support its airport members and World Business Partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

New lounge experience at DXB promised by Marhaba

Dubai-based marhaba, dnata’s airport hospitality brand, has unveiled a brand-new design and experience at one of its flagship Dubai International Airport (DXB) lounges after an extensive renovation. As a result, it boasts that travellers can expect an entirely new lounge experience at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3. A highly-anticipated, bespoke feature for the Dubai market […]

Sydney Airports signs technology deal with SITA

SITA has announced a five-year contract with Sydney Airport for the provision of common-use services at both Terminal 1 (international) and Terminal 2 (domestic). The project went live on March 1, 2021, featuring SITA Flex, an advanced common-use platform, and SITA Bag Message, which eliminates the need for multiple baggage system interfaces between airlines and […]

APTRA webinar addresses key challenges facing airport retail

The first Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) APAC Dialogue webinar on March 17, 2021, was a hotspot gathering for the industry with over 600 delegates joining from across the globe. APTRA executive director, Christina Oliver, comments. “APTRA’s ambition in this new series of webinars is to maintain inclusive dialogue, to share and learn from […]

Rapid testing lab for COVID-19 opens at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport has opened a rapid testing lab for COVID-19 in a bid to facilitate the resumption of air travel and assist with quarantine tracking procedures. The new facility, opened by Abu Dhabi Airports in partnership with Pure Health and Tamouh Healthcare, is believed to be the region’s first PCR testing laboratory within […]

Newcastle Airport upgrade added to Australia’s Priority List

Infrastructure Australia (IA), the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor, has today announced that Newcastle Airport’s proposed upgrade has been added to its 2021 Priority List. The associated Williamtown Special Activation Precinct, which surrounds the airport and was recently announced by the NSW Government, has also been included. In response, Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock, said […]

New duty free outlet opens at Kannur International Airport

GMR Kannur Duty Free Services Ltd today launched its first duty free outlet amid much fanfare and enthusiasm at the Kannur International Airport. Located at International Arrivals, the new outlet offers an assortment of some of the world’s most popular brands across liquor, perfume, confectionery, tobacco, travel essentials and authentic handpicked souvenirs. Rajesh Arora, CEO […]

Grab yourself a bargain in Brisbane Airport’s Lost Property Auction

Jewellery, laptops, headphones, surf boards, artwork and a circular saw were among the items left behind by passengers at Brisbane Airport last year, and are now up for grabs in its annual Lost Property Auction. Hundreds of valuables go up for auction today, with bidding remaining open until Sunday 21 February and, for the third […]

Compulsory COVID-19 testing for airport staff to begin in Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport is to launch COVID-19 testing schemes for airport staff who are subject to the requirements stipulated in the government’s compulsory testing notice issued today. The Hong Kong Government’s notice requires that everyone employed at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) or providing a hired service in the airport area between now and […]

Traffic data shows ‘dismal’ numbers for region’s airlines in 2020

Asia-Pacific based airlines suffered a huge downturn in traffic in 2020, the extent of the decline being revealed today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), which says that its members handled only 18% of the passengers they boarded in 2019. The worst 12 month decline in the history of commercial aviation in the […]

Industry news

News, views and reviews from ACI’s Asia-Pacific and global World Business partners. NEW GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR PLAZA PREMIUM GROUP Plaza Premium Group has taken its Allways meet and assist service offering to another level by forming a strategic partnership with YQ Now, which has a presence at 600 airports in 140 countries across the globe. […]

Solar flair

Asia-Pacific Airports takes a closer look at the development of a solar energy farm at Melbourne Airport. A new 10 MW solar energy farm is taking shape at Melbourne Airport, which is set to produce enough clean energy to provide power to all four passenger terminals. The renewable solar farm will generate 16.8 GWh of […]

Big business

Joe Bates turns the spotlight on Asia-Pacific’s global airport operators and finds out more about the regional development plans of VINCI Airports and the Zurich Airport Group. While expansion hasn’t exactly been a top priority in 2020, all of the region’s global airport operators – those with equity stakes in airports in more than one […]

Jordan’s Queen Alia signs ‘Airports for Trust’ charter

The world’s biggest airport group comprising gateways operated by France’s Groupe ADP and Turkey’s TAV Airports have signed the ‘Airports for Trust’ charter, announcing their shared ambition to build an even more sustainable and responsible airport industry. The airports span the world and range from hubs like Paris CDG in Europe to Queen Alia in […]

Refurbished Plaza Premium Lounge opens at Hyderabad-Rajiv Gandhi

The Plaza Premium Group has opened its newly refurbished lounge in the Domestic departures area at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. The new and improved facility is spread over an area of 773 square metres, can accommodate over 200 passengers and boasts facilities ranging from work stations, a dining area and private seating zone for […]

Striving for excellence

In this exclusive Q&A, Hamad International Airport’s senior vice president for technology and innovation, Suhail Kadri, discusses his gateway’s IT strategy. What is the philosophy/strategy of Hamad International Airport (HIA) when it comes to new technology? Our goal is to be the best airport in the world and this ambition ensures that we have harnessed […]

End of month opening date for Bahrain’s new terminal

Bahrain International Airport today announced that its long awaited new $1.1 billion terminal will open for business on January 28. According to Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), moving operations to the new state-of-the-art facility is a major step towards achieving the Kingdom’s ambitious Economic Vision 2030. The vision is based on diversification and sustainability goals and […]

ACI Asia-Pacific news

Communications manager, Samantha Solomon, rounds-up the latest news and developments from ACI Asia-Pacific. VIRTUAL WBP ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSES ROAD TO RECOVERY ACI Asia-Pacific recently hosted its first virtual roundtable event for the region’s World Business Partners, which provided companies from multiple disciplines with the opportunity to hear first-hand from airport leaders about their perspectives on aviation’s […]

Regional news

A snapshot of the biggest news stories from across the region. NEW INDIAN AIRPORT OPERATOR The Adani Group has officially taken over responsibility for operating Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru airports in India. It will also be responsible for managing and developing each airport and their respective infrastructure for the next 50 years while former operator, […]

Making history: Dubai International Airport

Asia-Pacific Airports celebrates the 60th anniversary of Dubai International (DXB) and reflects on its response to COVID-19 and planned future development. Celebrating success is not something we did much of in 2020, so it seemed only right that we change that in our final issue of the year by turning the spotlight on Dubai International […]

Ireland’s daa international to manage Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea airport

Saudi Arabia’s planned new Red Sea airport is to be managed by daa international, the international business subsidiary of the operator of Ireland’s Dublin and Cork airports. The Red Sea Project is a major development being built over 28,000 square kilometres on Saudi Arabia’s west coast to create a new luxury tourism destination. The first […]

View from the top

Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on ACI Asia-Pacific’s Regional Board meeting and the success of ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation and Airport Carbon Accreditation programmes. The continued devastating impact of the global pandemic means that the world is in a very different place at the beginning of the new decade than it was at the beginning […]

New Year traffic rise expected at Dubai International Airport

Dubai Airports is gearing up for an upsurge in the number of passengers expected to pass through Dubai International (DXB) over the next few days. It is estimated that 545,000 passengers will use DXB between January 1-7, with throughput peaking on January the 2nd and 3rd when more than 78,000 travellers are expected to depart […]

Plaza Premium boosts hospitality offering with marhaba partnership

Plaza Premium Group and marbaba have formed a strategic partnership to enhance their offering of airport lounges and meet and greet services around the world. The partnership will see both companies expand market presence by consolidating service distribution and customer engagement through integrated cross-selling capabilities. It will initially cover major airports in strategic markets across […]

A step closer to reality for Delhi’s new international airport

Delhi Noida International Airport will boast a passenger terminal designed by architects Grimshaw, Nordic – Office of Architecture, Haptic and Indian practice STUP. The team was selected from a shortlist of three by Zurich Airport International for “demonstrating a proficiency in balancing passenger comfort with sustainability, and timeless design with flexibility for future needs”. The […]

Brisbane Airport’s domestic traffic bouncing back

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is set to welcome more than 30,000 daily passengers tomorrow for the first time since March 16, declaring the milestone a clear sign that domestic travel is recovering. Specifically, on Friday, the airport’s Domestic Terminal will see more than 16,000 arrivals and 14,000 departing passengers from a total of 309 flights. Off the back of interstate borders re-opening, […]

Airport Health Accreditation for Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport

AIG has announced that Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) has received ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation in recognition of its efforts to deliver a safe airport experience to passengers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As both QAIA and the aviation industry at large remain considerably impacted by the unprecedented global health crisis, the […]

New screening technology for Hamad International Airport

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) has become the first airport in the Middle East to install Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX machines, which utilises Computed Tomography (CT) technology to X-ray screen carry-on baggage at security checkpoints. The new additions are expected to help expedite the security screening process by allowing passengers to keep electronic devices […]

Hyderabad’s duty free operator goes the extra mile for customers

Hyderabad-Rajiv Gandhi International Airport’s duty free operator, Hyderabad Duty Free (HDF), has launched a WhatsApp Virtual Assistant Chat-bot service that allows it communicate with passengers on international flights and answer any queries. Leveraging the massive global WhatsApp user base of over 2.7 billion users, the airport believes that the new Chat-bot service is a “convenient […]

ACI APA 2020, ISSUE 04

In the spotlight: Dubai International’s 60th anniversaryInnovation pioneer: Doha’s IT philosophySpecial report: Asia-Pacific’s global airport operatorsPlus: ACI Asia-Pacific, Regional and WBP news Read the issue online Download the issue View from the top Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on ACI Asia-Pacific’s Regional Board meeting and the success of ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation and Airport Carbon Accreditation […]

Christchurch sets new benchmark for Airport Carbon Accreditation programme

Christchurch Airport has become the first airport in the the world to reach Level 4 Transformation status in ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The New Zealand gateway believes that the high achievement is evidence of its continued efforts to align its carbon management strategy with the global climate goals. It also follows ACI’s recent announcement […]

New China Duty Free Group partnership for The Design Solution

The Design Solution is to work with the China Duty Free Group (CDFG) as the retail giant accelerates its growth in China and the extended region. It joins a select group of retail design agency partners that will work with CDFG on a range of projects to support it in bids for new space and […]

Smart travel on the agenda at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport is trialling a new enhanced ‘Smart Travel’ system, which it is confident will “shorten queues and streamline processes throughout the airport to deliver a smoother and more seamless passenger experience”. Developed by airport operator, Abu Dhabi Airports, in partnership with ConvergentAI and powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), the new system is […]

Israeli delegation visits Dubai ahead of launch of new flights to Tel Aviv

Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), received a delegation of representatives of Israeli airlines El Al, Israir and Arkia at its corporate offices at DXB on Tuesday morning. The delegation’s visit follows the signing of a number of bilateral agreements between the two countries, and the recently announced launch […]

APTRA’s COVID-19 testing campaign to governments gaining traction

The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association’s call for governments to implement standardised COVID-19 testing on passengers is beginning gain some traction, with 10 states across the region responding “positively” to the campaign. Across the aviation, travel and tourism industries, a wide range of stakeholders are increasingly aligned in calling for increased testing as a key […]

Latest airline traffic figures make for gloomy reading

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) today revealed that its preliminary traffic figures for September show that “both international passenger and cargo demand is at markedly depressed levels, with no sign of recovery in sight”. The 1.1 million international passengers that flew on Asia-Pacific airlines in September, was just 3.6% of the 30 million […]

Muscat becomes first Middle East airport to gain health accreditation

Muscat International Airport in Oman has become the first airport in the Middle East to be accredited under ACIs Airport Health Accreditation programme. “We spared no initiative to ensure our passengers feel secure going through our airports,” said Oman Airports CEO, Sheikh Aimen bin Ahmed Al Hosni. “Planning and implementing the highest international standards of […]

Hamad’s health and safety measures recognised by BSI certification

Hamad International Airport has become the first gateway in the world to achieve independent verification from BSI (British Standards Institution) for its implementation of ICAO’s COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocols. The verification for Hamad International Airport (HIA) was conducted following its successful audit for compliance of measures outlined by the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Taskforce […]

Emirates unveils new self-service kiosks at Dubai hub

Emirates has introduced self check-in and bag drop kiosks for what it hopes will ensure a “more seamless airport experience” in Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport. The service is now available to customers travelling to all destinations except to the US, Canada, China, India and Hong Kong due to additional requirements from these destinations. […]

ACI APA 2020, ISSUE 03

In the spotlight: Canberra Airport Special report: Resuscitating commercial revenues Design & Build: Delhi Noida International Airport Plus: Investor appeal of airports & Industry news Read the online issue Download the issue View from the top Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on ACI Asia-Pacific’s efforts to support the region’s airports through COVID-19 and help reboot […]

APTRA calls for alignment on government responses to COVID-19

The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) has launched a campaign to over 45 individual governments across the region with a proposal for regional alignment on quarantine rules and testing on arrival and departure at airports, in a move that would safeguard public health and promote industry recovery. Reflecting the views of many of its […]

Airport Health Accreditation for Hyderabad’s gateway to the world

Operator, GHIAL, has announced that Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has achieved Airport Health Accreditation (AHA). The accreditation recognises the airport’s efforts to make it a safe environment for passengers and staff in line with ACI’s Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) Recommendations along with industry best […]

Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport renews carbon neutral status

Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) has successfully renewed and extended its Level 3+ ‘Neutrality’ status in ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme. As the sole airport to have attained the ACA Level 3+ ‘Neutrality’ in the region, QAIA insists that it continuously deploys best environmental practices and periodically updates its energy conservation procedures. Actions, it […]

Incheon becomes Asia-Pacific’s first airport health accredited gateway

ACI Asia-Pacific today announced that Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, has become the first airport in the region to be accredited under the ACI Airport Health Accreditation programme. ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme assists airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with ICAO Council […]

ACI Asia-Pacific calls for end to quarantine requirements

ACI Asia-Pacific is urging governments to replace quarantine requirements with testing and contact tracing protocols to ensure the sector’s survival amid a worsening situation for airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. The latest preliminary forecast figures show that Asia-Pacific and Middle East airports will lose 55% and 60% passenger volume by the end of […]

Hong Kong extends relief package to airport community until October

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today announced that its relief package for the airport community will extend for another two months to end of October 2020 in view of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic and continuing political unrest in Hong Kong has had a huge impact on traffic at Hong […]

Industry news

News, views and reviews from ACI’s Asia-Pacific and global World Business Partners. Revamping the retail offerings in Beijing Capital’s Terminal 3 Beijing Capital International Airport has appointed a UK based airport design consultancy to help it redevelop and expand the commercial planning and design of the international departure lounge in Terminal 3. The airport wants […]

China’s aerotropolis ambitions

Mainland China has fully embraced the aerotropolis concept with over 100 hugely ambitious  projects now underway across the country, writes Dr John Kasarda. Asia leads the way in airport city and aerotropolis development and China is the region’s most enthusiastic adopter of the aerotropolis model, with more than 100 of its airports and their surrounding […]

Game changing new runway planned for Chatham Islands

The NZ Airports Association (NZ Airports) has welcomed the government’s announcement that the Chatham Islands will receive NZ$40m in COVID-19 recovery funding, the great majority of which will go to upgrading the runway at Tuuta Airport, allowing larger aircraft to land. The association’s chief executive, Kevin Ward, said the investment will be a real and […]

Changing times

Cameron Mann considers the impact COVID-19 is likely to have on passenger facilitation at airports as the industry strives to provide a safe and secure aviation ecosystem. Aviation continues to advocate for a risk-based approach to security, which effectively involves concentrating on and understanding individuals, and spending the most time dealing with those you know […]

Playing the long game

Sustainable design must be high on the agenda of the world’s airports post COVID-19 to enable the industry to build back better, writes Roger Swinbourne, Arup’s sustainability leader for the Australasia region. Sustainability is a concept that aims to optimise outcomes for human and natural environments, both now and with a view to the long-term […]

Airlines urge governments to do more to kick-start international travel

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) is urging governments to ease what it claims are “unduly onerous restrictions on international air travel” to re-establish global connectivity with evidence-based measures to safeguard public health. More than six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asia Pacific air transport industry notes that it is taking initial steps […]

Touchless travel

Airports are leaders in the use of new technology, which will make touchless travel possible and hasten aviation’s recovery from COVID-19, writes Collins Aerospace’s Tony Chapman. There was a time not long ago when commercial airline passengers arrived early at airports to shop at high-end boutiques, eat at nice restaurants and enjoy a cocktail before […]

Talking shop

Sunil Tuli, president of the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) and group chief executive of King Power Group (Hong Kong) shares an industry perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic. As air travel virtually ground to a halt across Asia-Pacific in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, so too did an essential lifeline of over $36 […]

Queen Alia International Airport to modernise its IT systems

Queen Alia operator, Airport International Group (AIG), is to modernise its IT systems in partnership with Amadeus. The gateway says that the move will deliver a foundation for innovation and the flexibility to react to new market dynamics. The first phase of the implementation has just been completed with QAIA using Amadeus technology to integrate its […]

Global effort

Collaboration and co-operation will prove key to overcoming COVID-19, although aviation potentially faces a long road to recovery, writes Inderjit Singh. Aviation is one of the most important pillars of the global economy as the sector provides millions of jobs across the world and contributes heavily to its GDP.  It is also a survivor, as […]

ACI Asia-Pacific news

Communications manager, Samantha Solomon, reports on 2020’s Green Airports Recognition and Young Executive of the Year award winners; a LinkedIn milestone and the formation of a Regional COVID-19 Taskforce. VIRTUAL CELEBRATION FOR GREEN AIRPORT RECOGNITION WINNERS Take a bow Kaohsiung International Airport (Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei), Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (Hyderabad, India) and Taoyuan International […]

Road to recovery

Joe Bates provides a snapshot of how the region’s airports have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and are planning for a brighter future. The region’s airports have turned to technology and new processes and procedures to ensure that they are equipped, ready and able to handle passengers when government’s finally lift travel restrictions and commercial […]

Dubai International Airport welcomes back foreign carriers

Today marked another milestone day in Dubai International Airport’s recovery from the COVID-19 as the UAE gateway welcomed the resumption of scheduled operations by foreign carriers. A total of 13 international airlines resumed scheduled flights this week as Dubai, and Dubai International Airport (DXB), effectively opened for business to overseas tourists from July 7. Airlines […]

View from the top

Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on the impact of COVID-19, ACI Asia-Pacific’s recent virtual Regional Board meeting and Assembly, new Strategic Plan and a host of other issues. From a period of sustained passenger traffic growth in 2019 to the halfway point of 2020, the industry is now in survival mode, crippled by the loss […]

New airport to be built to serve Saudi Arabian luxury resort

Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for a new airport to serve what has been described as a new “ultra-luxury destination” on its Red Sea coast. The new destination is called AMAALA and the airport, which is slated for completion in 2023, will boast a design that that is said to have been inspired by the […]

ACI APA 2020, ISSUE 02

Issue theme: Passenger facilitation In the spotlight: Sustainable design Special report: China’s aerotropolis projects Plus: Airport retail & Industry news Read the online issue Download the issue View from the top Director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on the impact of COVID-19, ACI Asia-Pacific’s recent virtual Regional Board meeting and Assembly, new Strategic Plan and a […]

New COVID-19 measures unveiled at Singapore Changi

Singapore Changi claims that it has begun “transforming the passenger experience with new contactless and cleaning innovations for a safer, but yet seamless, airport journey”. It notes that the measures, which include touchless technology and autonomous cleaning robots, will be rolled out airport-wide in preparation for when air travel into and out of Singapore gradually […]

Kuwait’s new terminal to boast state-of-the-art hold baggage screening system

Smiths Detection, a leading threat-detection and security-technology company, will supply hold-baggage screening equipment for Kuwait’s new International Airport Terminal 2, which is currently under construction. The contract includes the installation of HI-SCAN 10080 XCT units for screening hold baggage. Terminal 2, which is intended to become an international transit hub, will have the ability to […]

Hokkaido Love! campaign launched to boost tourism to Japanese island

New Chitose Airport operator, Hokkaido Airports Co Ltd (HAP) has launched a social media marketing campaign in a bid to re-boot tourism to the Japanese island. Launched in conjunction with the Hokkaido government and the Hokkaido Tourism Organization, its HOKKAIDO LOVE! initiative is designed to encourage tourists to return to Japan’s northern most island, which […]

The region’s airports are ready for aviation to restart

Airports across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East are ready for the restart of the sector following the crippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with the ongoing implementation of a set of common public health measures, according to ACI Asia-Pacific. The association notes that they are ready they implemented measures in full support and alignment with […]

Interstate flight restrictions begin to lift at Canberra Airport

Canberra Airport has announced that passengers are now able to fly without restrictions to Sydney and Melbourne. Head of aviation, Michael Thomson, said that his gateway is open for business, and passengers are safe and secure to fly to and from Melbourne and Sydney for business and leisure. “We are very excited people can now […]

New master plan for Cambodia’s Sihanouk International Airport

Cambodia’s Sihanouk International Airport has unveiled a new master plan to accommodate its projected traffic growth for the next 20 years. Construction of a second passenger terminal between now and 2030, extending the airport’s runway by 800 metres to 3,300 metres, a new taxiway and additional aircraft stands are the key projects of Phase 1 […]

Transfer traffic to slowly resume in Hong Kong from June 1

Hong Kong International Airport has announced that it will commence “the gradual resumption of transfer/transit services” from Monday. Operator, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), says that a host of enhanced health measures at the airport have made the June 1 date possible. In tandem with the gradual resumption of transfer/transit services, all passengers, including departing, arriving […]

Lagardére Travel Retail re-opens outlets in Australia and New Zealand

Lagardère Travel Retail Pacific has begun to re-open some of its stores across the region, starting with a handful of outlets in the domestic terminals at Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Perth and Melbourne this week. According to the travel retailer, the small selection of stores will be used as test cases with restricted trading hours, with […]

EMIRATES UNVEILS HYGIENE KITS FOR PASSENGERS AS FLIGHTS RESUME

Emirates believes that it has set industry-leading safety standards for its passengers with the introduction of complimentary hygiene kits that include masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser. It states that the new hygiene kits, launched for today’s resumption of services to nine destinations from Dubai International Airport (DXB), show the care being taken at […]

QATAR AIRWAYS RESUMES FLIGHTS TO BRISBANE ON THURSDAY

Qatar Airways will resume services to Brisbane Airport this week, the first of three weekly scheduled services from Doha touching down at the Queensland gateway on Thursday. The services will operate under existing bilateral rights until 30 Jun 2020 with the airline carrying both commercial passengers and freight, providing a critical cargo channel for Australian […]

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Airports across the world are actively working to reduce their noise footprint and engaging with their communities to create environmental capacity, writes Envirosuite’s senior aviation specialist, Matt Mills-Brooks. There are two types of constraints on airport growth, physical capacity, which relates to the limits imposed by the runway, terminal, security or in the case of […]

TIME TO GO DIGITAL?

ADB SAFEGATE’S Niclas Svedberg argues that adopting a digital apron will help airports reduce delays and cope with rising traffic demand. We all know how frustrating airport delays can be. Every month some 50,000 flights are cancelled, and more than half a million flights are delayed worldwide, costing airports billions in lost revenue. It’s why […]

FLOOD WARNING!

Vivek Sindhamani and Peter Vorage discuss the growing threat of flooding to airports and how some of the region’s major hubs are planning ahead to increase their resilience to rising water levels. During the past five years, over twenty major, and many more small-island airports, have flooded due to extreme rainfall events or storm surges […]

CARGO VOLUMES UP IN QATAR AS HAMAD PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has become the latest gateway to report an upturn in cargo volumes, Qatar’s hub handling 530,000 tonnes of freight (+4.7%) during the first quarter of 2020. The increase in cargo is partly attributed to Qatar Airways’ and HIA’s continued efforts to provide freighter services in response to the increased demand for […]

AVIATION’S CHALLENGE

Leonie Dobbie, aviation consultancy company WSP’s strategic aviation advisor, considers the benefits of embedding sustainability action into airport decision-making. From the 1991 Earth Summit in Rio to the 2015 Paris Agreement, policymakers have attempted 
to come to grips with the science and political-economic implications of climate change. Achieving the Paris Agreement goals requires that we […]

BRISBANE COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION OF NEW RUNWAY

Brisbane Airport (BNE) and construction partner Skyway are today celebrating the practical completion of the gateway’s new runway. Airport CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff, recognised the milestone event, but noted that while today marked the end of the project, its was just the beginning for BNE and operator, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC). “In many respects this […]

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

Get to know ACI Asia-Pacific’s new director general, Stefano Baronci, a little better in this Q&A with APA editor, Joe Bates. HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO AVIATION?I think, like many, I first got into aviation when I was kid as I fondly remember the excitement of going to Rome-Fiumicino Airport with my parents to […]

ACI APA 2020, ISSUE 01

Issue theme: Sustainable development Airport Report: GMR Airports Limited Special report: Meet the new director general Plus: Digital apron & Industry news Read the online issue: click here View from the top New ACI Asia-Pacific director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on an eventful start to 2020, planning ahead, leadership changes at ACI and the impact of the coronavirus. Regional news […]

INDUSTRY NEWS

News, views and reviews from ACI’s regional and global World Business Partners. HEINEMANN AUSTRALIA EXTENDS SYDNEY AIRPORT CONCESSION Heinemann Australia has celebrated five years at Sydney Airport by extending its Duty Free concession at the gateway until 2029. The news is a major coup for the company, which has operated a Heinemann Tax & Duty […]

LEADING THE WAY

Across Asia-Pacific, airports are responding to increased passenger numbers and environmental pressures with innovative, efficient and sustainable terminal designs, writes Benoy Singapore director, Terence Seah. Asia-Pacific (APAC) is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world, with passenger numbers more than quadrupling over the last 15 years and both ACI and IATA forecasting that the […]

TESTING TIMES FOR REGION’S AIRPORTS AS TRAFFIC HITS ‘ROCK BOTTOM’

ACI Asia-Pacific believes that passenger numbers across the region have hit “rock bottom” based on new traffic figures that show a 95% decrease in throughput at 18 of the region’s busiest airports. The year-on-year traffic figures are for airports in the major aviation markets of Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. According to ACI Asia-Pacific, initial […]

ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL NEWS

A snapshot of some of the biggest stories from across the region. DXB retains statusas world’s busiest international airport Dubai International Airport (DXB) handled 86.4 million passengers in 2019 to retain its status as the world’s busiest international airport. The total secured its sixth successive year as the world’s busiest international gateway, ahead of long-time […]

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 […]

ACI ASIA-PACIFIC NAMES YOUNG EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

Central Japan International Airport’s Masahito Nakashima has joined a select club by being named ACI Asia-Pacific’s Young Executive of the Year. Nakashima, an assistant manager at Central Japan International Airport, is the 2020 winner of the annual award that is designed to encourage the develop of talented airport individuals across the Asia-Pacific region. He narrowly beat […]

ACI ASIA-PACIFIC NEWS

The latest news from communications manager, Samantha Solomon, includes an update on ACI Asia-Pacific’s advocacy efforts, new dates for postponed events and a growing list of World Business Partners. ACI EVENTS RESCHEDULED FOLLOWING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK  The organisers are pleased to announce that the ACI 12th Annual Airport Economics & Finance Conference and Exhibition and pre-conference […]

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL MOVES QUICKLY TO HANDLE RAPID RISE IN CARGO

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has moved quickly to facilitate an increase in the number of cargo operations to increase the volume of perishables and pharmaceuticals. During March 2020, the volume of fruit and vegetables handled at DXB increased by 88.5% (18,164 tonnes) year-on-year, while the volume of pharmaceuticals also increased by 49.4% (12,500 tonnes), driven […]

VIEW FROM THE TOP

New ACI Asia-Pacific director general, Stefano Baronci, reflects on an eventful start to 2020, planning ahead, leadership changes at ACI and the impact of the coronavirus.  A number of very different events, some known to me in advance and others coming completely out of the blue, have helped make my first 100 days as the new director […]

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT URGED FOR DUTY FREE AND TRAVEL RETAIL INDUSTRY

The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) is urging governments across the region to prioritise support packages for the travel retail industry to help many operators survive the coronavirus crisis. APTRA is writing to government policymakers responsible for determining Covid-19 fiscal relief and funding across ministerial offices including aviation, maritime, retail, F&B and tourism industries. […]

ACI CALLS FOR HELP FOR AIRPORTS TO SAVE JOBS AND CONNECTIVITY

ACI Asia-Pacific is urging governments across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region to swiftly implement relief measures to safeguard airport employment and connectivity. Revised ACI revenue forecasts show the 2020 impact of the pandemic now stands at $23.9 billion for Asia-Pacific and $5.7 billion for the Middle East, impacting airports of all sizes. A prolonged […]

ACI CALLS FOR TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF AIRPORT SLOT REQUIREMENTS

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to unfold, ACI World has called for the alleviation of airport slot usage requirements. Recognising the ripple effects of pursuing disparate approaches across different countries and airports, ACI World urges a harmonised approach through a global temporary suspension of airport slot usage requirements until June 30, 2020. ACI favours an […]

SIEMENS WINS KUNMING CHANGSHUI CONTRACT

Siemens Logistics has received an order to supply baggage handling and sorting technology for the Terminal 1 extension at Kunming Changshui International Airport in China. The order includes delivery of a highly developed early bag store (EBS) and the latest generation of the VarioTray technology. The latter consists of a tray-based conveyor line, a LineStacker […]

GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT TAUPŌ AIRPORT UPGRADE

Government support announced today for upgrading and expanding New Zealand’s Taupō Airport has been welcomed as a timely boost that will give regions and businesses confidence in their communities’ abilities to ride out any tough times that may lie ahead. NZ Airports chief executive, Kevin Ward, said the NZ$5.87 million funding ($5m from the Provincial […]

HEINEMANN AUSTRALIA EXTENDS SYDNEY AIRPORT CONCESSION

Heinemann Australia has celebrated five years at Sydney Airport by extending its Duty Free concession at the gateway until 2029. The news is a major coup for the company, which has operated Heinemann Tax & Duty Free store at the airport since 2015. “I’m delighted that we have attained this agreement extension, as it not only […]

DUBAI WORLD CENTRAL ENJOYS BEST YEAR YET

Dubai World Central (DWC) registered its best year to date in 2019, handling a record 1.6 million passengers, although the figures are slightly misleading as the huge 81.5% upturn in traffic owes a lot to the transfer of flights to the airport from Dubai International (DXB) while its southern runway was being revamped. Indeed, DXB’s southern […]

INDUSTRY PARTNERS FORM MRO BLOCKCHAIN ALLIANCE

Key industry partners announced today the launch of the MRO Blockchain Alliance, the air transport’s first industry-wide investigation into the use of blockchain to track, trace and record aircraft parts.  The new alliance comprises leading organisations covering every aspect of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) chain, from part manufacture and repairs to logistics and […]

FACELIFT AND EXPANSION PLANNED FOR SINGAPORE CHANGI’S TERMINAL 2

Work will commence on the expansion and renovation of Singapore Changi’s Terminal 2 next month as operator, Changi Airport Group (CAG) strives to make the airport bigger and better to cope with growing demand. The work marks the beginning of a multi-year expansion project which will increase T2’s handling capacity, as well as to replace […]

TRAFFIC RISES BY 10% AT CAMBODIA’S AIRPORTS

Cambodia’s airports enjoyed a good 2019, with passenger numbers up by 10.2% at the country’s three main gateways – Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. A total of 11.6 million passengers passed through the airports last year as Phnom Penh handled a record six million passengers (+11.2%) and Sihanoukville 1.6 million (+158%), although traffic at […]

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO BOOST YANGON’S OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport has turned to technology in a bid to boost its operational efficiency and passenger handling capability. The airport has introduced SITA’s Airport Management solution, which enables the gateweay and its stakeholders, including airlines and ground handlers, to collaborate around the same real-time information and make fully-informed decisions on resources. According to […]

BIGGER AND BETTER

What next for Hamad International Airport? Joe Bates reviews the gateway’s newly unveiled development plans. Qatar’s Hamad International Airport, one of the world’s newest hubs having only opened in 2014, is to expand its concourses to raise its capacity to 60 million passengers per annum. The expansion project will feature a spectacular 10,000sqm indoor tropical […]

TIME FOR SOME ZZZ’S

Singapore Changi retained its title as the world’s most sleep friendly gateway in Sleeping in Airports’ annual passenger poll, writes Joe Bates. Airports located in ACI’s Asia-Pacific region have once again dominated Sleeping in Airports’ annual survey for the best gateways to use, and take a nap in, in 2019, with Singapore Changi and Incheon […]

GOING GREEN!

Karl Lyndon, global aviation sector leader at integrated engineering consultancy, BuroHappold, explores the growing focus on greening airport terminal buildings. The aviation sector has been attracting a lot of attention recently – and not all of it for the right reasons. The new trend of ‘flight shaming’ in a bid to discourage air travel and […]

INDUSTRY NEWS

News, views and reviews from ACI’s regional and global World Business Partners. MELBOURNE’S NEW CT SECURITY SCREENING TECHNOLOGY Melbourne (MEL) has become the first major Australian airport to permanently adopt Computed Tomography (CT) X-ray screening technology following the installation of new state-of-the-art Smiths Detection equipment at the security checkpoints in Terminal 4. The technology allows […]

TO 2040 AND BEYOND

Joe Bates reports on Wellington Airport’s new master plan, which is designed to ensure that it has the infrastructure to handle the doubling of passenger traffic over the next 20 years. Wellington Airport has unveiled the master plan that it believes will ensure that it is equipped for growth for the next 20 years. With […]

LEADERSHIP CHANGE FOR NORTHERN TERRITORY AIRPORTS IN 2020

Northern Territory Airports (NT Airports) today announced that long-standing CEO, Ian Kew, is to retire in March 2020 and be replaced by Tony Edmondstone. Kew has led the airport operator since it was privatised 19 years ago, helping transform it from a federal government run business into the commercial success it is today. Today over […]

READY FOR TAKE-OFF

It will be all systems go for Indonesia’s new Yogyakarta International Airport in 2020 when it fully opens its facilities, writes Joe Bates. Built to replace the old and outdated Adisutjipto International Airport (JOG), Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) is Indonesia’s newest gateway, although it won’t really come into its own until its infrastructure fully opens in 2020. […]

OUT TO IMPRESS

New images give travellers a sneak preview of what they can expect from Sydney’s new A$5.3 billion airport when it opens for business in 2026. Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture have won the international competition to design the new Western Sydney Airport (WSA). The ZHA/COX team, which will now act as master architect for the […]

AUCKLAND UNVEILS NEW E-GATES FOR DEPARTING PASSENGERS

Auckland Airport is enhancing the experience for international travellers with the launch of new automated pre-security gates. From today, travellers will pass through 12 new e-Gates that will scan boarding passes and grant them access to security areas. Developed in partnership with Vision-Box, the e-Gates mark the first phase of a new technology application that […]

VAN DON IN VIETNAM NAMED WORLD’S LEADING NEW AIRPORT

Van Don International Airport in northeast Vietnam has been named ‘World’s Leading New Airport 2019′ at the 26th annual World Travel Awards (WTA).This is only the second year WTA has presented an award for this category, which assesses a new airport’s performance based on the overall design, service quality and passengers’ satisfaction, and how the complete passenger […]

ACI ASIA-PACIFIC NEWS

Assistant manager for external affairs, Samantha Solomon, reports on the announcement of a new regional director, a successful Trinity Forum and the latest news from ACI Asia-Pacific. ACI Asia-Pacific Board appoints new director general Stefano Baronci, the current director of economics at ACI World, has been appointed the new director general of ACI Asia-Pacific and […]

THE FUTURE IS NOW

Asia-Pacific Airports takes a closer look at the design and development of China’s new mega hub, Beijing Daxing International Airport. The world’s newest major airport, Beijing Daxing, opened for business in late September as China marked another major milestone in the modernisation and expansion of its aviation infrastructure. The new $12.9 billion gateway is one of […]

ACI APA 2019, ISSUE 04

In the spotlight: Design & Build Airport Report: Erbil Special report: Sleep friendly airports Plus: ACI Asis-Pacific & Industry news Read the online issue: click here View from the top In her final article for Asia-Pacific Airports (APA) magazine, outgoing regional director, Patti Chau, reflects on her legacy at ACI and reports on the organisation’s ongoing regional and global advocacy […]

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 […]

GOLD COAST EXTENDS ITS IT PARTNERSHIP WITH SITA

Gold Coast Airport in Australia has extended its partnership for passenger and baggage technology with global IT provider, SITA, until 2024. The new agreement continues the airport’s close relationship with SITA, which has been in place for more than 10 years. Gold Coast Airport uses SITA’s common-use platform, together with self-service bag drop and check-in kiosks.  […]

INDUSTRY NEWS

News, views and reviews from ACI’s regional and global World Business Partners. Tech savvy travellers driving airport strategies The demands of the growing number of tech-savvy travellers will have the biggest impact on the digital plans of airports and airlines over the next six years to 2025, according to industry executives quizzed for SITA’s new […]

RIYADH’S RETAIL REVAMP

Asia-Pacific Airports takes a closer look at plans to enhance the retail offering at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia. Passenger numbers are rising across the Middle East, and with forecasts predicting that this upward trajectory is set to continue in the long-term, many of the region’s airports are looking to expand their […]

BOTTEGA PROSECCO BAR & CRAFT BEER OUTLET OPENS AT DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The new Bottega Prosecco Bar has opened in Concourse at Dubai International Airport (DXB), marking the 25th opening of the successful format, five years after its debut. The venue, the brand’s second site in UAE, results from the partnership with global travel restaurateur HMSHost International. Eugene Barry, executive vice president, commercial, at Dubai Airports said: “We […]

ARE YOU BEING SERVED?

What are the prerequisites to delivering exceptional customer experience along all touchpoints of the passenger journey? Redwater Consulting Group’s Kateryna Hess investigates. Customer experience (CX) has become a buzz word in today’s service industries from telecommunications, financial institutions and travel organisations to infrastructure providers. Consumers have become more connected and well informed about prices and […]

LIGHT RELIEF

Smart-tinting glass can have a hugely positive impact on the airport experience for passengers and potentially boost commercial revenues, writes David Yim. Airports are some of the most visited places in the world, and they are expected to become even busier in the years ahead as they evolve into more than just transit hubs. The recently-opened Jewel at […]

NEW SENSATION!

Abu Dhabi Airports CEO, Bryan Thompson, tells us a little more about the type of F&B innovation we can expect to find in Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new Midfield Terminal. The new Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport is the culmination of decades of innovation in aviation. Abu Dhabi Airports has invested heavily in ensuring that the […]

WHAT’S IN STORE?

Joe Bates takes a closer look at the opening of some innovative new retail/F&B outlets across the region. SSP to be key F&B operator at Beijing Daxing SSP Group has secured three contracts to open six food and beverage units at the new Beijing Daxing International Airport. As the key food and beverage operator at […]

ACI ASIA-PACIFIC NEWS

ACI Asia-Pacific reports on the latest events, news and developments from across the busy region. ACI has strong presence at 56th DGCA Conference An ACI delegation spearheaded by ACI World director general, Angela Gittens, and ACI Asia-Pacific’s regional director, Patti Chau, and deputy director, Ada Tse, attended ICAO’s recent Conference of Directors General of Civil […]

TODAY’S SPECIAL

Pragma Consulting’s Alex Avery discusses how food and beverage is transforming airport retail. Whilst the challenges of delivering growth in retail are well documented, F&B continues to be the star performer for many airports. Pragma has seen annual growth in spend per passenger of up to 15% in some locations. In our opinion, there are […]

ACI WORLD’S ECONOMICS DIRECTOR TO BE NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL OF ACI ASIA-PACIFIC

Stefano Baronci is to succeed the outgoing Patti Chau as the head of ACI’s Asia-Pacific region. Baronci, the current director of economics at ACI World, will assume the role of director general of ACI Asia-Pacific in December. Chau, who has served as the regional director of ACI Asia-Pacific for the last eight years, is stepping […]

BACK TO BASICS

Concentrating on the basics and keeping things simple can prove the catalyst for improved duty free revenues at airports, writes Paccaya Resource’s Andrew Ford. Like so many of us, I often read articles promoting the virtues of improved retail ideas and increased non-aeronautical revenues, but where are the articles highlighting the real grass roots benefits […]

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 […]

ACI APA 2019, ISSUE 03

In the spotlight: Retail/F&B Airport Report: Brisbane Special report: Customer service Plus: Regional & Industry news Read the online issue: click here View from the top Regional director, Patti Chau, reflects on ACI Asia-Pacific’s advocacy efforts at ICAO conferences and meetings, the developing Central Asia region, latest traffic trends and upcoming events. Regional News A snapshot of some of the […]

WOLFGANG PUCK’S LATEST AIRPORT RESTAURANT OPENS IN HONG KONG

Celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck, made a flying visit to Hong Kong yesterday to open his latest airport eatery, the Wolfgang Puck Kitchen Restaurant in the Arrivals Hall of Hong Kong International Airport. Opened in partnership with Lagardère Travel Retail, his new restaurant will deliver promises to deliver a Californian-inspired interpretation of global comfort fare using […]

QUEEN ALIA WELCOMES LAUNCH OF TRANSAVIA FLIGHTS TO AMSTERDAM

Transavia has become the latest new airline to launch services to Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA). The Dutch low-cost carrier will operate three weekly flights between Amman and Amsterdam Schiphol. Its arrival underscores QAIA’s efforts to grow its airline network and offer passengers a wider range of direct routes to popular worldwide destinations. The inaugural flight was […]

CHINA OPENS NEW BEIJING DAXING INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The world’s newest major airport, Beijing Daxing, opened for business today as China marked another major milestone in the modernisation and expansion of its aviation infrastructure. The new $12.9 billion gateway, designed in the shape of a starfish with five connected concourses, is one of the key developments in the modernisation and expansion of its […]

NEW SELF-SERVICE TECHNOLOGY COMING TO KRABI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Krabi International Airport in Thailand is to install self-service technology provided by SITA in line with its ambitions to become a regional aviation hub. The airport, operated by Thailand’s Department of Airports, is investing in SITA’s common-use passenger processing (CUPPS) platform, along with self-service check-in kiosks at both domestic and international terminals. Airport director, Attaporn Nuang-udom, says: […]

INDUSTRY NEWS

News, views and reviews from ACI’s regional and global World Business Partners. Bahrain’s vision of the future Bahrain International Airport’s new passenger terminal will boast a host of state-of-the-art technologies that include an Automated Border Control (ABC) platform supplied by Vision-Box. The ongoing Airport Modernisation Programme (AMP) is one of the biggest national projects in […]

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

Taoyuan International Airport was one of the fastest growing cargo hubs in Asia-Pacific in 2018, writes Joe Bates. Having climbed its way into the top five busiest cargo gateways in Asia-Pacific in the last year, Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is determined to stay there by enhancing its services and facilities to ensure the even faster […]

CHALLENGING YEAR CONTINUES FOR ACI ASIA-PACIFIC AIRPORTS

Passenger traffic across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East increased by +2.1% and +8.1% respectively in June. However, in China, the overall passenger growth was negatively impacted by adverse weather conditions in the southern and eastern parts of the country, which caused significant flight cancellations at many airports. And, according to ACI figures, the domestic sector […]

CARGO GIANT

Cathay Pacific has the fleet, network and facilities in Hong Kong to grow its freight business in a challenging year for the cargo industry, writes Joe Bates. One of the top five airlines in the world for freight tonne kilometres, Cathay Pacific is the cargo giant at its Hong Kong home base and a major […]

BIGGER AND BETTER

We pay tribute to the 2018 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) customer experience award winners and talk to some of the CEOs of the successful gateways. It’s official, Beijing Capital, Delhi-Indira Gandhi, Mumbai-Chhatrapati Shivaji, Singapore Changi, Shanghai Pudong and Seoul–Gimpo are some of the best airports in the world for the delivery of customer service. All […]

HANDLE WITH CARE

Perishables are a growing source of cargo revenue in Dubai. Bernd Struck, dnata’s senior vice president for UAE Cargo and DWC airline services, talks to Joe Bates. How important is cargo to the success of dnata? We have continually expanded our global cargo operations in recent years and today provide quality and reliable cargo handling […]

MIXED FORTUNES IN JULY FOR ASIA-PACIFIC AIRLINES

Preliminary traffic figures for July released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed that international air passenger demand continued to grow moderately, supported by business and leisure related travel.However, falling exports and a worsening trade outlook led to further weakness in air cargo markets. The number of international passengers carried by the region’s […]

THE UAE’S STAR PERFORMER

Joe Bates talks to Faisal Al Mulla, director of cargo business management at Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International Airport (DXB), the biggest cargo gateway in the Gulf and the sixth busiest in the world. How did Dubai International Airport (DXB) fare in 2018 in terms of cargo volumes? Cargo volumes at DXB dipped by […]

LEADING THE WAY

We discover more about Hong Kong International Airport’s plans to ensure that it remains the world’s busiest cargo airport for the foreseeable future. Hong Kong International Airport is quite simply the biggest cargo gateway on the planet, handling 700,000 tonnes more freight per annum that its nearest rival (Memphis) and 1.2 million more than third […]

TOKYO NARITA TO INSTALL AUTO BAG DROP UNITS AHEAD OF 2020 OLYMPICS

Narita International Airport has signed a contract with ICM Airport Technics for the installation of 72 self-service Auto Bag Drop (ABD) units ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Designed and built by ICM, the Series 7 ABD units will be progressively rolled out across all four terminals of Tokyo Narita. Multi-lingual and descrined as […]

NEW BAKERY AND SPECIALITY PUB OPEN AT CHANGI AIRPORT

Asian high street favourite, Tai Cheong Bakery, and Archipelago Craft Brew are the latest new F&B additions to Singapore Changi Airport. Introduced in partnership with the SSP Group, the new Tai Cheong Bakery is located landside at Changi Airport’s Terminal 3.  Established in 1954, Tai Cheong Bakery is one of Hong Kong’s most popular traditional […]

JEWEL IN THE CROWN

Asia-Pacific Airports finds out more about Singapore’s new mega retail, hospitality and leisure development, Jewel Changi Airport. The highly anticipated opening of Singapore Changi’s mega retail and lifestyle development, Jewel Changi Airport, has arguably taken non-aviation related activities at an airport to a new level and provided one of the world’s biggest hubs with a […]

GOING DIGITAL

Niranjan Navaratnarajah, cargo industry director for Unisys Asia Pacific, argues that real-time data is fundamental to a connected cargo supply chain to reduce idle time and increase visibility, transparency and security. We need to securely modernise today’s mostly manual and fragmented cargo distribution processes by going digital. Let’s face it, most of the cargo industry […]

ACI ASIA-PACIFIC NEWS

Senior manager for external relations, Vivian Fung, reports on the latest ACI news, views and developments from the busy Asia-Pacific region and across the world. New additions to ACI Asia-Pacific Board Some familiar faces to ACI Asia-Pacific members will play an even greater role in the development of airports across the region over the next […]

ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL NEWS

A snapshot of some of the biggest stories from across the region. Another milestone for Hong Kong’s SKYCITY Hong Kong International Airport’s vision to transform itself from a city airport to an airport city is a step closer to reality following the handing over of a second key SKYCITY site to developers. Developers Roxy Limited, […]

TRAFFIC BOUNCES BACK AT CHINA’S AIRPORTS

Passenger numbers in China bounced back in May with Shanghai Pudong (+6.7%), Chengdu Shuangliu (+6.7%) and Shenzhen Bao’an (+6%) airports enjoying the biggest upturn in volumes. ACI, which today released the monthly traffic figures for airports across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, attributes the rise in throughput to the start of the holiday season in China. […]

WORLD IN MOTION

The challenges of growth, innovative technology and the customer experience were just a few of the topics on the agenda at this year’s ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly Conference & Exhibition in Hong Kong, writes Joe Bates. Hopes were high that this year’s joint ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly Conference & Exhibition (WAGA) in dynamic […]

PRIORITY PASS LOOKING TO DOUBLE ITS LOUNGE PORTFOLIO IN INDIA

Priority Pass is set to double its lounge portfolio in India over the next three years, building on its suite of 45 airport facilities in 20 cities and global network of more than 1,200 lounges. Collinson’s wholly-owned and operated airport infrastructure business, Airport Lounge Development (ALD), is also working with airports across India to identify […]

HONG KONG LAUNCHES ANNUAL ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL

Hong Kong International Airport today launched its annual four-month long arts and entertainent festival which is designed to surprise and delight passengers  during one of its busiest times of the year.  According to operator, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), passengers will be presented with “a vivid journey into local culture” during the four-month festival.  It […]

SECOND KEY SKYCITY SITE HANDED OVER TO DEVELOPERS

Hong Kong International Airport’s vision to transform itself from a city airport to an airport city is a step closer to reality today following the handing over a second key SKYCITY site to developers. Developers Roxy Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary of New World Development Company Limited, will build facilities in line with the airport’s plans to […]

ACI APA 2019, ISSUE 02

Focus on: Cargo In review: ACI Asia-Pacific/World Conference Special report: Jewel Changi Airport Plus: ASQ Winners & Industry news Read the online issue: click here View from the top Regional director, Patti Chau, reflects on her decision to leave her post at the end of the year, ACI Asia-Pacific’s important advocacy role and looks forward to some future events. Regional […]

BEIJING DAXING TO USE XSIGHT SYSTEMS’ FOD DETECTION SOLUTION

Beijing’s soon-to-open Daxing International Airport has selected Xsight Systems’ FOD Detection solution for installation on its East and North runways. The decision follows the Xsight System being awarded a similar contract for Beijing Capital International Airport’s East Runway earlier this year. “We are proud that Xsight’s global reputation as an industry leader is acknowledged by the […]

BRISBANE SET TO BECOME FIRST AUSTRALIAN AIRPORT TO OFFER DIRECT FLIGHTS TO CHICAGO

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is set to become the first Australian gateway to offer direct flights to Chicago when Qantas launches a new four-times weekly service in April 2020.  The new route is subject to the approval of the United States Department of Transportation, and comes at the same time as Qantas revealed plans to launch three-times […]

QUEEN ALIA OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TRAFFIC GROWTH AFTER RISE IN PASSENGER NUMBERS

Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) recorded a healthy 10.6% rise in passenger numbers in April, although its cargo volumes dipped by 5.8%. A total of 804,153 travellers passed through the gateway during the month, meaning that Amman’s gateway to the world welcomed 2.7 million passengers in the first four months of 2019. The year-to-date (YTD) […]

MELBOURNE AIRPORT EXTENDS ITS TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP WITH SITA

Melbourne Airport has chosen to extend its contract with technology partner SITA for flexible and passenger-friendly technology to ready the airport for forecast passenger growth. The technology is part of the airport’s multi-billion dollar pipeline of investment that will see it welcome almost 70 million passengers annually by 2038. According to SITA, the passenger-friendly technologies will […]

PROFITABILITY FALLS IN 2018 BUT AIRLINES CONTINUE TO ADAPT TO DYNAMIC MARKET PLACE

Preliminary financial performance figures released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) revealed that the aggregated net earnings of Asia-Pacific airlines halved in 2018 to a combined $4.7 billion, from the $9.6 billion recorded in the previous year. Continued expansion in the global economy underpinned further growth in air passenger and air cargo […]

HUAWEI CHAIRMAN ADDRESSES CHINA CIVIL AVIATION DEVELOPMENT FORUM

Huawei rotating chairman, Guo Ping, today told the China Civil Aviation Development Forum in Beijing how he believes that 5G and artificial intelligence will enable ‘smart civil aviation’. Over 400 delegates from around the world were in attendance at the event which covered the topic of ‘Intelligent Aviation — High Quality Development in a New Scientific, […]

TURNING TO TECHNOLOGY

Pragma’s Alex Avery takes us through the impact of digitalisation on airport retail and what this potentially means for the future of shopping and dining at the world’s gateways. Technology has transformed our relationship with retail. From convenience, to single-click through to experiential retailing led by augmented reality. At the same time, consumers are demanding […]

MIXED FORTUNES FOR REGION’S AIRPORTS IN FEBRUARY AS TRAFFIC RISES

Passenger traffic across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East recorded moderate growth in February with monthly upturns of 2.7% and 2.5% respectively. China posted a robust growth of around 7%, sustained by solid domestic and leisure travel demand during the Lunar New Year. The top three airports with the most passenger volume increase from last year […]

ACI ASIA-PACIFIC NEWS

Senior manager for external affairs, Vivian Fung, reports on the latest ACI news, views and developments from the busy Asia-Pacific region and across the world. ACI’s global climate action initiative continues to grow Airports continue to lead the way in the aviation industry’s efforts to reduce its impact on the environment, the latest figures from […]

FOCUSING ON THE PASSENGER

Sarah Samuel, Amadeus’ head of airport IT for Asia-Pacific, argues that the adoption of a common vision on new passenger-enabling technology will help airports address the challenge of rising demand. Airports across the Asia-Pacific region share a number of common capacity challenges, and if they are to meet them effectively, they must work collaboratively, towards […]

BEATING THE QUEUES

New SITA report confirms that journey smoothing technology makes people happy. Airline passengers are using automated technology for passport checks at double the rate recorded in 2017, according to the latest aviation IT research. Indeed, passengers are happier when technology smooths their way through passport checks and other aspects of their airport journey, reveals SITA’s 2019 […]

DESIGN & BUILD: TIANFU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Chengdu’s $11 billion second airport is set to open early next decade and transform air travel to the region. Sichuan province’s planned new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is being designed by the China Southwest Architectural Design & Research Institute Corp Ltd (CSWADI) in partnership with ADP Ingénierie. Located 50 kilometres from downtown Chengdu and slated […]

BUY AND FLY

Joe Bates rounds-up some of the latest retail/F&B news, views and reviews from across the busy Asia-Pacific region. Cairns Airport has awarded global restaurateur HMSHost and Australian hospitality powerhouse, Red Rock Australia, concessions to operate a total of 13 new food and beverage outlets when the expansion of Terminal 2 (T2) is completed in 2020. […]

CPI TO HOLD SPECIALIST AIRPORT COMMERCIAL TRAINING COURSE IN SYDNEY

The bi-annual CPI Airport Commercial Development and Management Course for airport managers will be held once again in Sydney, Australia, from July 22-25, 2019, with registrations now open. The popular professional development course, run by leading global airport commercial consultancy Concession Planning International, attracts management from airports across the world who wish to gain a […]

ALWAYS LEARNING

Kevin Riordan, head of airports and checkpoint solutions at Smiths Detection, considers how artificial intelligence can help airport security. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is beginning to permeate every aspect of daily life, from garnering film recommendations on Netflix, through to fraud detection and cognitive robotics, and airport security is no exception. Machine learning is key to […]

BAHRAIN AIRPORT COMPANY REFLECTS ON IMPRESSIVE 2018 PERFORMANCE

Bahrain International Airport operator, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), today anounced a US$50.9 million net profit in 2018, a significant jump compared to US$34 million the previous year. Commenting on the results, His Excellency the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, said: “These impressive figures are the result of collaborative efforts between BAC and […]

INDUSTRY NEWS – THE WAITING GAME

The waiting game Want to enjoy an easy, relaxed airport experience? It’s all about waiting, writes Christian Carstens, marketing manager at Veovo, BlipTrack. Waiting in line seems to be one of life’s inevitabilities, but what if there was a way to make airport queues move faster and keep the experience more pleasant for those in […]

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER

Van Don International Airport, Vietnam’s impressive new gateway to Halong Bay, was one of three major new pieces of infrastructure to open on the same day in Quang Ninh province, writes Joe Bates. Van Don International Airport has become Vietnam’s first privately developed, constructed and operated commercial gateway after opening for business in the final […]

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 […]

NEW HOLD BAGGAGE SCREENING MACHINES FOR RIYADH GATEWAY

Egis has been awarded a contract by Riyadh Airports Company to provide it with design and project management consultancy services as it looks to replace the hold baggage screening (HBS) machines in Terminal 5 at King Khaled International Airport. Egis has been supporting development and expansion of Saudi Arabia’s second biggest airport for the last […]

BUSY START TO 2019 FOR ASIA-PACIFIC’S AIRPORTS

Joe Bates reports on the latest news, views and developments from across the busy Asia-Pacific region. Yangon ready for next step in its developmentMyanmar’s Yangon International Airport (YIA) is to be further upgraded to better equip it to accommodate more international traffic. Operator, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), has also revealed that it is stepping […]

ACI APA 2019, ISSUE 01

Focus on: IT innovation In the spotlight: Hong Kong International Airport Design & Build: Van Don & Chengdu Tianfu Plus: Retail/F&B enhancements & Industry news Read the online issue: click here   View from the top Regional director, Patti Chau, reflects on the important advocacy role of ACI and looks ahead to another busy and exciting year for the Asia-Pacific […]

NEWCASTLE AIRPORT WELCOMES NEWS OF SPECIAL ACTIVATION PRECINCT

Newcastle Airport in Australia has welcomed the news that its surrounds would potentially be declared a Special Activation Precinct if the NSW Liberal Party is re-elected. Speaking today, Newcastle Airport CEO, Peter Cock, said the future of Williamtown had the potential to be a great local success story. “There’s no doubt our region will strongly […]

NEW ZEALAND’S INVERCARGILL AIRPORT SET TO GET COUNTRY’S FIRST DIGITAL ATC TOWER

New Zealand’s first remotely operated digital air traffic control tower is a step closer to reality following the award of a contract to global technology provider Frequentis to develop a digital system for Invercargill Airport. It has been awarded the contract by air navigation services provider, Airways. Airways is pursuing digital tower technology as a national […]

QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT CORPORATION REPORTS ‘SOLID’ HALF-YEAR RESULTS

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) has delivered a solid result for the six months ended December 31, 2018, reporting a net profit after tax of NZ$8.3 million. The figure is down 6.3% on same period last year, due to increased interest and depreciation expenses. Interest and depreciation expenses were higher by 14.8% due to major investments […]

ASIA-PACIFIC AIRPORTS RECOGNISED FOR THEIR GREEN INITIATIVES

ACI Asia-Pacific has once again recognised the ‘outstanding’ environmental achievements of nine airports in its annual Green Airports Recongition awards programme. Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport received the top ‘Platinum’ award in the Over 45 million passengers per annum category, followed by Mumbai-Chhatrapati Shivaji (Gold) and Hong Kong (Silver). Taoyuan International Airport (Platinum) triumphed in the […]

INDUSTRY NEWS – GROWTH AND INNOVATION

American Samoa mission for Woolpert Woolpert is to evaluate and rehabilitate the primary runway at Pago Pago International Airport (PPG) and rehabilitate, reconstruct and possibly extend the runway at Ofu Airport (Z08) in American Samoa. American Samoa, a territory of the United States, is comprised of a group of seven islands in the South Central […]

BETTER BUYS

Alex Avery looks at how innovation can shape the future of airport retail and enhance the passenger experience. Last year saw the top performing airports introduce pop-ups and experiential stores to encourage passengers to interact more with their retail offer. This has been supported by a big focus on making shopping as efficient and convenient […]

YANGON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RECOGNISES THE SUPPORT OF ITS AIRLINE PARTNERS

Yangon International Airport (YIA) yesterday held a special reception to thank its airline partners for their support for its plans to enhance its facilities and work more closely together with them to ensure that it can handle the rise in passengers expected by Myanmar’s decision to relax its entry visa requirements. The reception – held […]

GREEN APPROACH

Asia-Pacific Airports turns the spotlight on the region’s ‘green’ leaders, environmental award winners and sustainability trendsetters. Airports continue to do their bit to reduce aviation’s impact on the environment, with ACI recently revealing that a total of 246 gateways across the planet now use its Airport Carbon Accreditation programme to manage and reduce their carbon […]

INTELLIGENT TRAVEL

Airport interest in blockchain technology is growing as the aviation industry invests around $40 billion per annum on IT, according to SITA’s new Air Transport IT Insights study.  Blockchain is fast emerging as the priority technology for future exploration among airport and airline CIOs globally, according to new research released by SITA. The 2018 version of its Air Transport IT […]

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 […]

CELEBRATION TIME

Our picture round-up pays tribute to the Asia-Pacific gateways whose outstanding levels of service led to them winning Airport Service Quality (ASQ) customer satisfaction awards. Asia-Pacific airports once again shone in this year’s ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) customer satisfaction survey, and many were on hand to pick up their prizes during a glittering awards […]

FAST GROWING HONG KONG SETS NEW TRAFFIC RECORDS IN 2018

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) enjoyed a record breaking 2018, handling an all-time high of 74.7 million passengers, 427,725 aircraft movements and 5.1 million tonnes of cargo. The figures represent upturns of 2.5%, 1.7% and 1.5% respectively on 2017. Fred Lam, CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong, says: “It’s gratifying to see HKIA scale new heights […]

ACI ASIA-PACIFIC NEWS

Vivian Fung reports on the latest news, views and developments from across the busy Asia-Pacific region. Big numbers attend Small and Emerging Airports Seminar Over 160 participants from 26 countries and territories across the Asia-Pacific region descended on beautiful Langkawi in October as Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) generously hosted the ACI Asia-Pacific Small and Emerging […]

ACI ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL COMMITTEES

October was a productive month with three ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Committees, with meetings taking place in Seoul, Langkawi and Osaka respectively. The last 2018 meeting of ACI Asia-Pacific’s Regional Operational Safety Committee was kindly hosted by Korea Airports Corporation in Seoul on October 8-10. Members (pictured above) report that it was a productive meeting as […]

MENZIES TO OPEN NEW CARGO FACILITIES AT CAIRNS AND AVALON AIRPORTS

Menzies Aviation is to expand its cargo operations in Australia, with the opening of two new cargo facilities at North Queensland’s Cairns Airport, and Melbourne Avalon Airport in Victoria. Menzies Aviation Cairns is a joint venture between Menzies Aviation and local aviation service provider, AT Group and will be ready for international cargo handling in […]

TIME FOR A NAP

As well as being customer service champions and environmental pioneers, Asia-Pacific airports are also fast developing a reputation for being the most sleep friendly in the world, writes Joe Bates. According to the most recent passenger poll on the website SleepingInAirports.net, the most ‘sleep friendly’ airport in the world is Singapore Changi followed by Incheon, […]

BUSY TIMES

Airport retail and F&B innovation was top of the agenda at the recent Trinity Forum in Shanghai. Asia-Pacific Airports looks back at some of the highlights. ACI World’s last big event of the year, The Trinity Forum, attracted over 500 delegates to Shanghai to address the theme of ‘The changing airport and travel retail commercial eco-system’. […]

THE FUTURE IS GREEN

Asia-Pacific Airports reports on some of the big stories to emerge from the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva. Airports continue to do their bit to reduce aviation’s impact on the environment, with ACI revealing that a total of 246 airports now use its Airport Carbon Accreditation programme to manage and reduce their carbon footprint. […]

ACI APA 2018, ISSUE 04

Spotlight on: Award winning airports Featured airport: Hyderabad-Rajiv Gandhi Event review: The Trinity Forum Plus: Innovative retail & Airport IT trends Read the online issue: click here View from the top Regional director, Patti Chau, provides her thoughts on an exciting and productive end to 2018 for ACI Asia-Pacific. Exciting times Airport retail and F&B innovation was top of the […]

ANOTHER RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR CAMBODIA’S AIRPORTS

Traffic continues to soar in Cambodia, more than 10 million passengers passing through the country’s international airports this year. It is the first time passenger numbers at  Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville international airports have hit the 10 million milestone. To mark the landmark event, festivities were held all day long at the three airports […]

ANDREW BRODIE NAMED AS THE NEW CEO OF SUNSHINE COAST AIRPORT

Australia’s Sunshine Coast Airport has announced the appointment of Andrew Brodie as its new CEO, succeeding veteran, Peter Pallot, who will retire from the role at the end of the year. For the past eight years, Brodie has worked in senior executive positions for Brisbane Airport Corporation, most recently as general manager for airline and […]

BRISBANE AIRPORT TO HOLD SECOND LOST PROPERTY AUCTION

Following the success of Brisbane Airport’s inaugural Online Lost Property Auction in 2017, members of the public will again be given the opportunity to bag a bargain, with thousands of valuables up for auction between 9am on Monday, November 26 and 7pm on Wednesday, December 5. All proceeds from this year’s auction will be donated […]

BAHRAIN DUTY FREE COMPANY AWARDED CONCESSION FOR NEW AIRPORT TERMINAL

Bahrain Duty Free Company has been awarded the concession to operate the retail outlets in the Departures area of Bahrain International Airport’s new passenger terminal. The contract was announed on the final day of the recent Bahrain International Airshow. His Excellency, the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) chairman, Kamal bin […]

AUSTRALIAN AIRPORTS ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR SYDNEY AIRPORT

Take a bow Sydney Airport, which has been named as Australia’s top Capital City Airport for the second year running at the Australian Airports Association’s prestigious National Airport Industry Awards. The award recognises the airport’s ongoing commitment to providing a world-class passenger experience, sustainability initiatives, community investment and industry-leading innovation. Sydney Airport also won the […]

NEW SHOPPING CENTRE TO OPEN AT BRISBANE AIRPORT THIS WEEKEND

The brand new A$18 million Skygate Home & Life centre, the latest addition to Brisbane Airport’s thriving Skygate precinct, will celebrate its grand opening this weekend. Following 10 months of construction, the project adds an extra 9,260m² of retail space to the precinct that already boasts DFO Brisbane, Queensland’s only 24/7 Woolworths and more than […]

GROWTH AND INNOVATION

News, views and reviews from ACI’s regional and global World Business Partners. YVR’s new self-bag drop solution to go global Glidepath and Vancouver International Airport’s Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS) team have celebrated the installation of the first CHECKITXPRESS self-bag drop unit at the Canadian gateway. CHECKITXPRESS claims to be the world’s most accessible, efficient and […]

DESIGN AND BUILD

Joe Bates takes a closer look at some of the many development projects going on across the region. ACI’s Asia-Pacific region remains the hottest ticket in town for infrastructure development with a number of new airports being built while existing gateways continue to add new facilities. Indeed, as you may have read in the news […]

AGE CONCERN

With people living longer than ever before, catering to an aging population is now an essential part of the airport design process, writes Corgan’s Jonathan Massey. As airport terminals move beyond being buildings that are simply a necessary part of the mode of transportation to an accommodating and thoughtful experience, we must look closely at […]

ACI APA 2018, ISSUE 03

In the spotlight: Planning & Design Airport report: Honolulu Special report: Catering to the elderly Plus: ACI Asia-Pacific, regional & industry partner news Read the online issue: click here View from the top Regional director, Patti Chau, reflects on the importance of supportive regulation for aviation and one of the busiest ever years for ACI Asia-Pacific and industry events. News A snapshot of some 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 […]

ACI ASIA-PACIFIC NEWS

Vivian Fung reports on the latest news, views and developments from across the busy Asia-Pacific region. ACI shows supports for Australia’s airports ACI Asia-Pacific’s regional director, Patti Chau, and ACI World director general, Angela Gittens, recently met with Australian MPs and key Australian airports to counter airline accusations that airports were hindering industry growth. Accusation […]

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

Vietnam’s planned new Long Thanh International Airport promises to be one of the most modern, innovative and exciting gateways in Asia-Pacific, writes Heerim’s Byungkoo Lee. Vietnam’s much-awaited new international airport is set to be built in Long Thanh, Dong Nai Province, around 40 kilometres east of Ho Chi Minh City. Slated to open in 2025, the $16.3 billion airport […]

ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL NEWS

A snapshot of some of the biggest stories from across the region. Sweet success Hong Kong International Airport is now even more colourful and appealing following the opening of an innovative new confectionery outlet containing eight sweet shops. SWEET DREAMS by HEINEMANN covers an 820sqm area in Terminal 1, which the duty free operator says […]

SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED ON THE ROOF OF HONG KONG’S SUPERTERMINAL 1

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) – Hong Kong International Airport’s largest independent cargo handler – has taken the next step in its ‘Green Terminal’ project, with the installation of 1,300sqm of solar panels on the roof of its SuperTerminal 1. Hactl’s new solar power installation will feature 518 panels with the electricity generation […]

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

With a new runway, terminal, SKYCITY and other airport city projects being developed on the airport site, these are busy and exciting times for Hong Kong International Airport, writes Joe Bates. Like all busy hubs, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is constantly striving to make best use of its existing facilities while busily planning for […]

KOREAN AIR TO HOST AAPA ASSEMBLY OF PRESIDENTS IN JEJU

Korean Air will host the 62ndAssociation of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Assembly of Presidents in Jeju, Korea next week. CEOs of 15 AAPA member airlines will gather in Jeju for the first time in 15 years, since Korean Air hosted the 2003 Assembly of Presidents in the island. Nearly 250 industry leaders will attend the […]

BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UPGRADES ITS INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM

The Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Bahrain International Airport has been upgraded to ensure that the Kingdom’s air navigation system meets ICAO’s standards and requirements. Airport operator, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), has hailed the upgrade from CATI to CATII as “a significant milestone in the Airport Modernisation Programme, which will help to lessen the number of flights […]

SINGAPORE’S CAI SIGNS MOU WITH HUNAN AIRPORT MANAGEMENT GROUP

Changi Airports International (CAI) is to act as a consultant for China’s Hunan Airport Management Group after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-operate on a number of different projects. According to CAI, the MOU will facilitate collaboration between the parties in the areas of airport planning and design, and operation and management of the […]

GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY RECOGNITION FOR AUCKLAND AIRPORT

Auckland Airport continues to be recognised globally as a sustainable business, with its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), announced yesterday, for the eighth consecutive year. The company is one of only eight organisations included in the DJSI in 2018 in the Asia-Pacific region.The company is one of only eight organisations included in […]

BRISBANE AIRPORT TO ADD NEW ROUTE TO SAMOA

Brisbane Airport (BNE) and Samoa Airways have signed a partnership agreement signalling the commencement of direct services between Brisbane and Samoa. The agreement, signed this morning at BNE by Seiuli Alvin William Tuala, Samoa Airways CEO and Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), outlines the commitment of both parties to explore market […]

‘ENCOURAGING GROWTH’ CONTINUES FOR ASIA-PACIFIC’S AIRLINES

Preliminary traffic figures for the month of July released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed sustained growth in international air passenger markets, whilst air cargo demand remained firm despite moderating expansion in the global services and manufacturing sectors. Boosted by strong leisure travel demand during the holiday season, the region’s airlines […]

APN OUTDOOR WINS NEW ADVERTISING CONTRACT AT SYDNEY AIRPORT

Sydney Airport has signed a five-and-a-half-year agreement with APN Outdoor for advertising rights across the airport terminals and for external signage approaching and within the Sydney Airport precinct. The announcement, which covers T1 International and T2 Domestic as well as T3 Domestic from July 2019, further strengthens the long-standing relationship between Sydney Airport and APN Outdoor. […]

INDUSTRY NEWS

Asia-Pacific Airports reports on the latest industry and World Business Partner news from across the region. Aerotel opens in Guangzhou Baiyun’s new Terminal 2 Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport’s impressive new Terminal 2 boasts its own transit hotel courtesy of Plaza Premium Group’s 57-room Aerotel Guangzhou. The group’s sixth hotel in its network and first in China, […]

EASY COME, EASY GO!

Sumesh Patel, SITA’s Asia Pacific president, argues that biometric technology will play a key role in ensuring faster, more efficient and safer passenger journeys through airports in the future. How do you balance the two most critical aspects of border control? Passengers don’t want to wait, but airports and border authorities need to ensure the […]

EASY DOES IT!

Airbiz managing director, Greg Fordham, tells Asia-Pacific Airports more about the company’s new Express Access Swing intelligent (EASi) Gates concept. Imagine flying without waiting at the departure gate. What if you could browse the shops, have a meal or relax in your airline lounge until it was time to board? What if a self-driving vehicle […]

SYDNEY AIRPORT UNVEILS EYE-CATCHING ‘UNITED NEYTIONS’ ARTWORK

From today, millions of visitors from around the world will be farewelled by a striking work of contemporary art by Kamilaroi artist, Archie Moore, as they depart Australia. Moore’s United Neytions, which consists of 28 large flags that hang dramatically from the 17-metre high ceiling of Sydney Airport’s T1 International Marketplace, was this morning unveiled by […]

PEOPLE PLEASER

Gensler’s Keith Thompson and Terence Young and Heerim’s Byungkoo Lee tell us more about the concepts behind the design of Incheon International Airport’s impressive new Terminal 2. As you would expect from an airport whose name is synonymous with top quality customer service, Incheon International Airport wanted its new Terminal 2 to be something special […]

ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL NEWS

A snapshot of some of the biggest stories from across the region. LCC market growing across the region The LCCs continue to grow strongly and accommodated 31% of all passengers handled across Asia-Pacific in 2017 or 1.2 billion passengers, ACI Asia-Pacific’s regional director, Patti Chau, told delegates at the 10th annual ACI Airport Economics and […]

ACI ASIA-PACIFIC NEWS

Seminars, symposiums and the election of a new president  make the headlines this June/July, writes Vivian Fung. Seow Hiang Lee, CEO of Changi Airport Group, was officially elected president of ACI Asia-Pacific during this year’s Annual Assembly in Narita. Lee, who agreed to serve the unexpired term of former president Kerrie Mather after she retired in […]

CAI CONFIRMS THAT IT WILL OPERATE JAPAN’S FUKUOKA AIRPORT FROM APRIL NEXT YEAR

Changi Airports International (CAI), the international investment arm of the Changi Airport Group (CAG), today confirmed that it will add Japan’s Fukuoka Airport to its airport portfolio.  CAI is a key member of Fukuoka International Airport Co Ltd, which today signed a Project Agreement with Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for […]

BETTER BY DESIGN

Arup associate director and aviation security specialist, Stacey Peel, reflects on the challenges of designing the airport of the future and reveals a new passenger processing concept that could help eliminate queues at airports. As the aviation industry finds ways to draw on the benefits of new technology, such as using blockchain to protect sensitive […]

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 […]

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Joe Bates looks back at April’s ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Narita and discussions about the future challenges and opportunities facing the region’s airports. A packed conference programme featuring aviation industry leaders from across the globe, a variety of hot topics to discuss and the chance to sample some Japanese culture both modern […]

HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES 7.8 MILLION PASSENGERS IN Q2 2018

Hamad International Airport (HIA) handled a total of 7.8 million passengers in the second quarter of 2018, according to the gateway’s latest traffic figures. The month of June has particularly been a busy one for Qatar’s airport with year-on-year growth of 12.56% in passenger figures and 8.9% in aircraft movements. Over 540,357 tonnes of cargo […]