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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 passengers in 2019.

The new concession company, 51% owned by VINCI Airports and 49% by French Polynesia, will be responsible for operating, promoting, developing, maintaining and upgrading the airport.

It will also be responsible for designing, financing and carrying out a programme of works to improve service quality and operational efficiency.

VINCI Airports says that its mission will be to ensure efficient service to French Polynesia through the sustainable development of traffic by mobilising its network of over 250 partner airlines.

With the aim of setting an example for the environment and in line with its international commitments, VINCI Airports states that it will implement energy efficiency measures and deploy innovative solutions to enable the airport to achieve Net Zero Emission (scopes 1 and 2).

This new concession, the first for VINCI Airports in a French overseas collectivity, enables the company to extend its network in the Pacific region.

“We are very proud that VINCI Airports has been selected as the successful tenderer for the Tahiti Faa’a concession, a mission that we will carry out alongside French Polynesia,” enthuses Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and president of VINCI Airports.

“We are fully committed to making this airport a gateway that meets the needs and expectations of the region, both in terms of quality of service and environmental ambition, for the sustainable development of French Polynesia’s connectivity.”

Hong Kong International Airport notes that in July “a set of vibrant multimedia installations were unveiled in Terminal 1, with specially curated contents to create a soothing environment and provide passengers with an enjoyable airport experience”.

As a result, the elevator at the centre of the Meeters and Greeters Hall now houses the captivating ‘Crystal Elevator’, with its crystalline façade screening digital video and images related to Hong Kong as well as themes of travel, nature and games.

While ‘Waterfall Gardens’ in the North and South Arrivals Halls synthesise the sights and sounds of nature such as a cascading waterfall, flowing creeks and crystal-clear ponds.

Visitors are encouraged to interact with the vertical and floor screens by touching the waterfall and stepping on the stones of a creek, or simply relaxing by the ponds.

Incheon International Airport (ICN) has became the first airport in the world to achieve the new Level 5 status in ACI’s Airport Customer Experience Accreditation programme.

Incheon dominated ACI World’s annual customer service excellence awards in the early years, being named the Best Airport in the World for 12 straight years, which led to it becoming one of the first gateways inducted into the ASQ Hall of Fame.

Incheon International Airport Corporation’s president and CEO, Kyung Wook Kim (pictured above with ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira), said: “This proves that we have put a lot of effort into bettering the customer experience and shows our focus on exceptional customer service. We will continue providing experiential values to our passengers, going beyond their expectations.”

ACI World’s de Oliveira said: “Congratulations to the whole airport community at Incheon, who collectively demonstrated remarkable engagement, unity, and enthusiasm in improving customer experience.”

ACI Asia-Pacific’s director general, Stefano Baronci, noted: “Incheon continues to raise the bar in transforming passenger experiences in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are extremely proud of this accomplishment. Service excellence has always been a hallmark of Incheon Airport, and I’m confident that it will continue to serve as a role model for the airport industry.”

Incheon completed the pilot phase of Level 5 accreditation in July 2022. Through remote and on-site verification, Incheon successfully demonstrated a strong customer-centric culture, uniting the airport community in a human and collaborative approach.

His Excellency, 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 become a regional leader in airport management and operations.

Abu Dhabi Airports operates five airports across the Emirate, including Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), and it recently announced healthy passenger figures for the first six months of 2022.

It calls the upturn in traffic “a clear demonstration of AUH’s substantial network and passenger traffic growth and commitment to deliver a smooth and seamless passenger experience”.

In support of its vision to deliver world-class transport, logistics and free zone services through cutting-edge infrastructure, Al Dhaheri will oversee Abu Dhabi Airports’ ambitious air cargo masterplan to upgrade the freight facilities and infrastructure at Abu Dhabi International Airport, to ensure the “enhanced safety and efficiency of all airport and aircraft operations and processes.”

The airport operator notes that Abu Dhabi International Airport’s next-generation Midfield Terminal will provide the vital extra capacity for passenger traffic and air cargo shipments needed to ensure the airport’s future growth.

The Aboitiz Group is set to take a major shareholding in Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the Philippines after agreeing to pay GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp around $440 million for a 33% stake in the the gateway.

GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp – the developer and operator of Mactan Cebu International Airport on the central island of Cebu – is owned by Philippine builder Megawide Construction and its Indian partner GMR Airports International. 

The Aboitiz Group will also acquire exchangeable notes worth $273 million, which will be converted into shares in late 2024 allowing it to take full control of the airport, which serves as the gateway to popular tourist destinations and as an air hub for businesses located in the Mactan Export Processing Zone and elsewere across the region. 

“We at Aboitiz InfraCapital are happy to partner with GMR-Megawide for the continued growth and development of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport,” said Aboitiz InfraCapital’s president and CEO, Cosette Canilao.

“The GMR-Megawide Consortium has done a tremendous job by significantly expanding the airport over the pre-pandemic years – almost tripling passenger traffic in five years.”

The deal is subject to customary closing conditions including the necessary third party and regulatory approvals.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) has released its latest sustainability report, ‘Forging A Sustainable Changi’, which outlines its sustainability vision, approach and outcomes from the financial year ending 31 March 2022.

The report covers CAG’s activities across Changi Airport’s four passenger terminal buildings, the Changi Airfreight Centre and the aircraft operating areas on the airport site, to build a sustainable Changi Airport with airport partners and the community.

Committing to cutting carbon emissions while improving resource efficiency, it has pledged to cap absolute carbon emissions at 2018 levels until 2030, even with the growing number of passengers that Changi Airport is expected to serve in the years ahead.

It notes that it strives towards a Net Zero aspiration by 2050 through the use of new technologies and the increased adoption of renewable energy.

The airport operator has also embarked on a detailed assessment of the impacts of evolving climate factors, such as rising ambient temperatures and greater rainfall intensity.

Climate risks are mapped up to 2050 for airport-wide adaptation and solutions are being developed to address them. For instance, in response to increased rainfall, CAG has expanded Changi’s
drainage network and installed sensors linked to a real-time data dashboard for better flood risk management.

Apart from improving chiller condensate and wastewater recycling capabilities, CAG continues to save water and has reduced the airport’s overall water consumption by 5.9%. The airport has, for example, reduced the use of potable and non-potable water, ranging from toilets and building cooling systems to irrigation and cleaning.

And CAG claims to have optimised waste management by reducing waste at source, encouraging good recycling practices and implementing new and more effective
waste collection systems.

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