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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

DRIVING INNOVATION

Ivo Favotto reviews a new study that clearly shows that car parking, so important to the bottom line of most airports, is becoming increasingly innovative and dynamic. Let’s be honest, airport car parking has never been considered on the cool side of airport management and probably never will be despite its obvious importance as a […]

ALL ABOUT DATA

New technology continues to provide airports with new sources of data about passenger behaviours than can be used to improve operational efficiency and boost revenues, writes Tony Chapman. You’re rushing to the airport to catch a flight when the service you’ve subscribed to sends a text message. It’s letting you know there’s an accident ahead […]

ZHENGZHOU TAKES OFF

John Kasarda tells us more about the exciting plans to create a dynamic economic zone around Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport in China’s Henan Province. China’s mushrooming air traffic has led to an airport construction boom that in the last five years alone has led to more than $43 billion being invested in modernising and expanding […]

SPOTLIGHT ON MYANMAR AND VIETNAM

Asia-Pacific Airport’s editor, Joe Bates, reviews some of the exciting capital investment projects planned for airports in Myanmar and Vietnam. With traffic across Asia-Pacific rising by 8% to 2.67 billion passengers in 2015, there is little doubt that the region remains one of the global hotspots for traffic growth and is likely to remain so for the […]

ARABIAN FLIGHTS

Graham Newton talks to Oman Air CEO, Paul Gregorowitsch, about the airline’s strategy and its role in the wider economy.  Tell us about your strategy for the airline, including the expansion and the efficiency programme? Oman Air is guided by a development plan that was endorsed by the board of directors in 2013. This sees […]