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Mumbai airport's T2 to open doors on January 15
December 2, 2013
Mumbai airport's new integrated terminal will open on January 15. Air India's Newark-Mumbai flight will be the first to arrive at the new terminal.
Mumbai International Airport Ltd's (MIAL) director of operations Frank McCrorie wrote to all the airlines giving them a 45 day notice to prepare themselves for the move and make changes in flight schedules. International operations will be suspended for a few hours during the transition.
The opening of the new terminal will enable the airport to handle more flights and offer much better passenger convenience in terms of check-in, security hold and baggage delivery — the areas for all of those will be substantially bigger than now. The new terminal known as T2 will initially handle only international flights and domestic operations are expected to shift later. Currently, the Mumbai airport handles 30 million passengers a year. The new terminal which is spread over 4,39,000 square metres is expected to handle 40 million passengers annually.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to inaugurate the terminal this month so that the launch event does not clash with election code of conduct but operations will commence from January. Passenger movement at Mumbai airport is low on Wednesday and hence January 15 has been chosen as the launch date, a week after the end of Christmas-New Year travel season.
Nepal invites tender to upgrade Gautam Budhha Airport
December 2, 2013
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has invited tender for the upgradation of Gautam Buddha Airport (GBA) in Bhairahawa into a regional international airport.
According to the tender notice published by CAAN on Thursday, the tender is open for the construction of airside and landside infrastructures and other facilities at GBA.
Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, director general of CAAN, informed that the tender notice is open till January 11.
“We in coordination with Asian Development Bank (ADB) have opened the tender for civil construction,” said Suman.
As per the tender notice, the eligible bidders need to have a minimum annual turnover of US $53 million and have a minimum experience in two projects of similar nature of more than 10 years.
According to CAAN, bidders need to carry out works that include construction of new runway, exit and parallel taxiway with flexible pavements, new international aircraft parking apron with rigid pavements, drainage system parallel to runway and taxiway.
Likewise, the selected bidder also needs to carry out rehabilitation of the existing runway for conversion to parallel taxiway with flexible pavements, construction of new International Passenger Terminal Building, operation/control tower, administrative block, air cargo and maintenance building, Crash Fire Rescue Building and main sub-station building.
Though the first phase of construction of the three-year project was originally planned to start by the end of 2011, it could not begin due to the lack of sufficient resources. The government of Nepal has applied for additional loan of $53 million from ADB toward the cost of GBA Upgrading Components (GAUC) under the South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (SATIDP).
The project will be financed under $42.96 million loans and $12.75 million grant from the SATIDP. The OPEC Fund for International Development will provide a loan of $15 million while the Government of Nepal will contribute $29.17m.
Shenzhen's new airport terminal opens
November 28, 2013
Located just to the north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen enjoys the status of being a Special Economic Zone in the People's Republic of China. Holding that designation for over three decades now, the area has become a breeding ground for small electronics businesses and a big attraction for foreign investment. With its rapid growth comes the need for improved infrastructure, which is why China has opened a third terminal to the local Bao'an International Airport on November 28.
Designed by the Italian Studio Fuksas, Terminal 3 has been shaped to look like a manta ray, "a fish that breathes and changes its own shape, undergoes variations, [and] turns into a bird to celebrate the emotion and fantasy of a flight." That theme of breathing and openness is carried on by a honeycomb of skylights perforating the new terminal's steel skin and a set of stylized "trees" that disguise the air conditioning apparatus. The hexagonal shapes and honeycomb theme are then subtly reiterated throughout the three-floor, 500,000-square-meter facility.
Construction is reported to have cost 8.5 billion yuan (roughly $1.4 billion) and the first takeoff took place this morning, courtesy of local carrier Shenzhen Airlines. It hasn't all been smooth sailing for this steel-and-concrete manta ray's debut, with passengers reporting issues around miscommunication and missed flights, though such initial stumbles are common for any new airport terminal. After today, two further phases of construction and expansion are planned — completing in 2025 and 2035, respectively — with the aim of keeping pace with Shenzhen's growing size and needs.
Illustrations of the stunning facility can be found here: http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/28/5154484/baoan-international-airport-terminal-3-studio-fuksis-design
Tampa International Airport expansion plans rise to $4.1B
November 25, 2013
Tampa International Airport is poised to undergo its most radical changes and extensive construction since the main terminal opened in 1971.
A new $2.5 billion master plan will prepare the airport to handle more passengers, more flights and more traffic for the next two decades.
Airport officials Thursday unveiled how they will pay for that. But they also revealed another plan, and another price tag: The airport also expects to spend an additional $1.6 billion maintaining and repairing existing airport facilities and infrastructure in the years to come. All told, Tampa International projects it eventually will spend $4.1 billion in the coming decades to modernize, upgrade and maintain the airport.
"Our job is to make sure we're years head of the curve," said chief executive officer Joe Lopano, "and not kicking the can five to 10 years down the road to maintain the great airport we have."
Airport officials presented their new strategic business plan — the blueprint to pay for all this — to the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority's governing board and the public during a meeting Thursday at the airport. Damian Brooke, airport vice president of business planning and information technology, assured the board and audience that it can afford both plans. "The authority is in excellent shape," Brooke said, "and we will still be in excellent financial shape after the completion of the master plan."
But officials also stressed that much of that $4.1 billion in spending is projected to occur over at least two decades. So far the airport has decided only to go through with the first phase of the master plan, which calls for nearly $1 billion in construction through 2017. The exact time line and spending figures for future airport maintenance projects were not revealed.
Philippines government seeks Japanese bidders for Bohol airport
November 25, 2013
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is seeking bidders for the construction of the P4.8 billion airport in Bohol.
According to the DOTC, the new airport in Panglao will replace the one in Tagbilaran.
The project, which would have six components, which will be funded by a concessional loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
However, the bidding is limited to Japanese nationals in the case of the prime contractor. Other nationalities can bid in case of the sub-contractors.
The DOTC said in the case of a joint venture, the prime contractor should be Japanese, who should contribute more than 50 percent of the total contract amount.
Bidding would be conducted through a single-stage two-envelope procedure with no prequalification, as provided for under Japanese official development assistance (ODA) loans.
A bidder should submit audited balance sheets showing that its net worth should have been positive for the last five years. The bidder should also have a minimum average annual construction turnover of 8 billion yen, while joint venture partners should have been a subcontractor or management contractor for at least 10 years.
A pre-bid conference is scheduled on January 6. The submission and opening of bids is scheduled on March 3.
World's Largest Airport Terminal To Be Built In Shanghai
November 25, 2013
Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport will be home to the world’s largest satellite airport terminal when it goes under construction starting next year.
The four year project will create a facility that can accommodate 105 airplanes, the Shanghai Airport Authority said, making it the largest detached terminal around. The cost of construction is not yet listed. Bidding has yet to take place on the project and the government has not published a cost estimate.
The terminal will be divided into terminals S1 and S2 and attached to the south of the current terminals T1 and T2, airport president Li Derun told the Shanghai Daily on Friday. The terminal would be able to handle 30 million passengers. The current terminals have 70 gates — 28 in T1 and 42 in T2 — but they are no longer enough to serve Shanghai’s demand for air travel.
The Pudong airport is expected to handle 80 million passengers a year by 2018. Pudong served a total of 40.5 million passengers in 2010, making it the third busiest in mainland China and the 20th busiest airport in the world.
The first airport to use a satellite terminal was London’s Gatwick. Other airports with satellite terminals include Logan International in Boston and Charles de Gaulle International in Paris.
San Diego and Tijuana to Share an Airport
November 21, 2013
Construction has begun on a new terminal that will let travelers at the Tijuana airport cross directly into San Diego. Travelers will have to pay a fee to cross the 500-foot bridge across the border fence to a new customs station, but the plan will eliminate long waits at the border crossing for San Diego travelers who have already been using Tijuana as a second airport, particularly for international flights. The plan has been under consideration since the early ‘90s, and the link is supposed to be operation next year.
Tijuana would not be the world’s first “bi-national airport,” though there aren’t many. France and Switzerland share two of them. Basel-Mulhouse Airport is located on French territory* but has “Swiss customs zones, which are connected to Basel by a customs road.” Geneva International Airport also has a French Sector devoted solely to French domestic air travel. There are also a number of small airports straddling the U.S.-Canadian border.
Dnata honoured for ground handling service
November 21, 2013
For the sixth time, dnata was named the Ground Handling Provider of the Year at the Aviation Business Awards in Dubai. The accolade comes just weeks after dnata helped Dubai Airports open Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International airport for passenger service.
Each year dnata safely manages every passenger and cargo aircraft coming in to and leaving Dubai, translating to more than 360,000 aircraft movements and more than 65,000,000 passengers a year at Dubai International airport. With the opening of Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central, dnata is prepared to deliver the same efficient and safe ground handling services to the world’s largest airport.
Dnata’s ground handling teams have played a pivotal role supporting the development of Dubai as an aviation leader, working alongside Dubai International airport since services commenced in 1959. Dnata has grown from a team of five to more than 13,000 at Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central airports.
A panel of five judges determined the winners on the basis of a blind voting system. The win is the sixth time for dnata, with previous accolades in this category in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Construction starts at new airport in China's Hunan province
November 21, 2013
Construction of an international airport has started in Zhangjiajie City, famous for its world natural heritage site Wulingyuan, announced the Hunan Airport Group on Wednesday.
Expected to open in 2015, the Lotus International Airport will be the second international airport in the central China's Hunan province.
Located in the mountainous western part of Hunan, Zhangjiajie is home to the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, recognized as China's first national forest park in 1982.
The floating pillar-like formations and dense foliage in Zhangjiajie appeared in Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar" in 2010, which has further boosted its reputation as an international tourist destination.
To cater to the tourist boom, the new airport has been designed to handle 5 million tourists a year, in addition to 19,000 tonnes of cargoes and mails.
The current Lotus Airport built in 1994 only handles domestic flights.By 2015 and after a planned investment of 535 million yuan (87 million U.S. dollars), the new airport will cover a total area of 59,532 square meters, and be able to handle 45,000 flights a year.
It is also expected to shore up economic development in Zhangjiajie's surrounding regions, where 71 counties are on China's poverty-stricken list.