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The latest news and views from ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East’s World Business partners.


NOIDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SET TO OPEN LATER THIS YEAR

With its construction nearing completion and navigation equipment currently being installed, India’s newest gateway, Noida International Airport, is expected to open in late 2024, the exact opening date depending on how work progresses over the next few months.

The airport on the outskirts of New Delhi has been given the IATA code ‘DXN’ and recently announced that Indigo – one of the fastest growing airlines in the world – would be its launch carrier.

Viewed as an alternative to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, Noida is being built, and will be operated by, Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a special purpose vehicle set up for the job and 100% owned by Zurich Airport International.

DXN will initially have a capacity of 12 million passengers per annum before being expanded to accommodate 30mppa and eventually 70mppa by the end of the concession in 2061.

DXN’s CEO, Christoph Schnellmann, notes: “As one of the world’s largest urban agglomerations, India’s National Capital Region deserves a second airport. Noida International Airport will make this long-standing dream a reality. We look forward to welcoming passengers, customers, and partners at the region’s new economic and cultural hub.”


ENHANCING PASSENGER FLOWS AT YVR

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has installed Xovis’ passenger flow management system (PFMS) at a busy security checkpoint.

Said to have been selected because of its high degree of accuracy and intuitive user interface, the Canadian airport reports that the new system was installed with limited disruptions to the terminal space.

“Our Digital Twin has transformed the way YVR operates and requires the highest quality, objective data to support our proactive decision-making processes,” said Tamara Vrooman, president and CEO of Vancouver International Airport.

“The system provided to us by Xovis allows us to capture real-time information at critical passenger processing points, as well as providing historical data which supports our future capacity planning.”

While Xovis’ chief product officer, Florian Eggenschwiler, noted: “Data-based simulations are nothing short of revolutionary for many industries and businesses.

“And as more companies look to harness the awesome potential of Digital Twins, the focus necessarily shifts to the quality of the underlying data. For precise real-time and historical data resistant to light distortions, airports look to Xovis.”

Vancouver International Airport handled 24.9 million passengers in 2023.


BUSY START TO 2024 FOR HEINEMANN OCEANIA

Heinemann Australia has been rebranded as Heinemann Oceania to better reflect its growing presence across the region.

The rebrand comes just over a decade after Heinemann’s first entry into the Oceania, and on the heels of its announcement that the company will enter the New Zealand market with the opening of new outlets and concepts at Auckland Airport later this year.

George Tsoukalas will remain as managing director of the renamed company, which will continue to be headquartered in Sydney.

It has been a busy start to 2024 for Heinemann and Tsoukalas, who was recently at Gold Coast Airport in Australia (pictured above) for the opening of the company’s new store in Gold Coast Airport’s domestic terminal.


TOTAL AIRPORT MANAGEMENT SOLUTION

SITA has launched what it believes is a trailblazing airport management tool, SITA Airport Operations Total Optimizer.

Accordimng to SITA, the new solution harnesses AI and the principles of Total Airport Management to optimise holistically, across a variety of airport functions.

It notes that over the past decade, airports have managed to optimise individual airport functions, although not many are well synchronised with each other. As as result, it says, teams, systems, procedures and KPIs all conflict with one another and significantly reduce efficiencies, costing airports millions of dollars per year.

However, it says that Total Optimizer is a game changer as it allows airport teams to dynamically set the relative priority of different aspects, such as Operational performance, Capacity provision, Revenue generation, Cost efficiency, Passenger experience and Sustainability.

“This is one of the biggest innovations yet in the sphere of total airport management,” says Stefan Schaffner, vice of airports at SITA, citing the platform’s impressive ability to leverage AI and data analytics.


WBP PROFILES

DFS GROUP

Location: Hong Kong

Type of business: Retail & Commercial

W: www.dfs.com

DFS is the only luxury retailer with a balanced airport and downtown retail portfolio across many markets. Our strengths lie in our brand partnerships, our groundbreaking store and product development, our superior product assortments, and our targeted marketing programmes. Our unique customer insights and operational expertise, coupled with well established strategic relationships with brand, airport, and travel industry partners, will ensure that we continue to lead industry innovation in luxury retailing.

JTI INTERNATIONAL

Location: United Kingdom

Type of business: Retail & Commercial

W: www.jti.com

JTI is a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies (JT), a leading international tobacco product manufacturer. It markets world-renowned brands such as Winston, Mild Seven (Mevius) and Camel. With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, JTI has operations in 120 countries
and about 25,000 employees.

NETHERLAND AIRPORTS CONSULTANTS (NACO)

Location: Netherlands

Type of business: Consulting & Management

W: www.naco.nl

NACO, Netherlands Airport Consultants, is a world leading airport consultancy and engineering firm with over 70 years’ experience in aviation. We offer tailor-made solutions from Master Planning, Building Design and Baggage Handling Systems to Civil Engineering, Terminal Systems and Airport PPPs. Contributing to sustainable airport development is at the heart of our mission.

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