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EASA issues Safety Information Bulletin for the Ukrainian Airspace
July 20, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) on July 18, 2014, taking into consideration the reported loss of flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine.
Through this SIB, EASA strongly recommends the National Aviation Authorities of the EASA Member States to inform all aircraft operators to give careful attention to Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) and information addressing airspace and routes modifications concerning this region.
In particular, EASA and EUROCONTROL Network Manager, strongly recommend airspace users to avoid the restricted areas affecting the Simferopol (UKFV) and Dnepropetrovsk (UKDV) FIR and circumnavigate using available alternative routings. The SIB SIB 2014-10 on the Simferopol Flight Information Region issued in April, remains valid.
Hawassa Airport Construction Tender Open in Ethiopia
July 19, 2014
Over the next 30 days, the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) will be looking for potential bidders to build the Hawassa Airport, with the design now complete.
The bid document, which will be available from tomorrow, is based on an airfield design by the state owned consulting firm Transport Construction Design Enterprise (TCDE) and a terminal design by private consulting firm, Bereket Tesfaye Consulting Architects and Engineering, according to Wondeme Teklu, the enterprise’s communications head.
The airport in the tourist city – 275kms south of Addis Abeba and the capital of the southern regional state – will be the 19th airport to Ethiopia. The TCDE’s design for the airfield was completed last week, while the Enterprise is already considering three designs for the terminal.
The TCDE has been involved in the design and supervision of road, bridge and airport construction since it was established in August 1987. For 30 years prior to that, it had been a department under the Ethiopia Roads Authority (ERA), playing a similar consultancy role.
Bereket Tesfaye’s three designs for the terminal building include a VIP lounge, restaurant, roof terrace, kitchen, security check points and baggage handling, all within a five-storey building.
“The construction of both the airfield and the terminal will start before the end of this [calendar] year,” said Wondeme.
Hawassa, home to the BGI Brewery, Millennium Pepsi Cola Plant, Hawassa Textile Factory S.C and numerous hotels, is also projected to have an industry zone, along with Kombolcha, in Amhara, and Dire Dawa.
Work begins on Auckland 'airport of the future'
July 19, 2014
Construction of Auckland International Airport's combined domestic and international terminal is under way.
Earthworks have started at its international baggage hall.The work is one of several construction projects that mark the first phase of the airport's new combined terminal. The 90-metre extension to the baggage hall will add about 2500 square metres.
The $8.4 million project is due to be completed by November 30. The combined terminal could be completed as early as 2019.
The airport announced in March its 30-year vision, which includes a long-delayed second runway by 2025 and a transport corridor for passenger rail.
Auckland International Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood said expanding the baggage hall was the first step of many towards delivering on its 30-year vision to create an "airport of the future".
A sixth baggage belt, capable of handling the luggage from a full Airbus A380 superjumbo, would be added in time for next summer's peak travel season, Littlewood said.
A seventh belt was planned in the near future to cater for passenger growth, Littlewood said.
The airport forecasts passenger numbers using the airport each year will almost treble, from 14.5 million people in 2013 to 40 million people in 2044. The number of flights would also almost double over the next 30 years.
Aecom to work on Russian airport expansion
July 19, 2014
Aecom has been appointed to provide construction management services for a major expansion of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The scheme includes a new terminal with an annual capacity of 15mn passengers and a new transfer link to the existing northern complex.
The expansion will enable passenger numbers to rise to 53mn per year by 2023.
The sub-runway, inter-terminal passenger and luggage tunnels will each be over 2,000m-long, enabling quick and easy transfer between the north and south terminals.
According to recent press reports, Sheremetyevo handled more than 29mn passengers in 2013, which was a rise of nearly 12% on 2012’s figures. Reduced connection times and enhanced facilities will make the airport an even more attractive option for carriers and passengers. The project is expected to complete in 2017, in good time for the World Cup.
Aecom has partnered with Sheremetyevo International Airport on two previous developments: construction of Sheremetyevo Terminal E and the new terminal in the Vladivostok International Airport.
“We are very excited about this project, which builds on our aviation capability in Russia and a strong established relationship with this client,” commented David Whitehouse, managing director, continental Europe.
“Today is a significant step for Aecom in Russia, giving us the opportunity to deliver world-class services for one of Russia’s most prestigious projects with the added complexity of sub-runway tunnels.”
Berlin Schoenefeld Airport becomes Eurocontrol A-CDM airport
July 10, 2014
Since May 1st Berlin Schoenefeld Airport is connected to the NMOC (Network Management Operations Centre) of Eurocontrol and is exchanging DPI (Departure Planning Information) messages in daily operation. After an intensive trial phase Airport CDM is now fully operational at Berlin Schoenefeld. All partners can familiarize themselves with the A-CDM procedures at the existing airport to allow establishing of A-CDM with the opening of the new BER airport.
An important component of the A-CDM solution at Schoenefeld Airport is the pre-departure sequencer darts PDS of delair that plans an optimal departure sequence based on a selected departure rate, thus generating TTOT (Target Take-Off Time) and TSAT (Target Start-Up Approval Time) as a pre-requisite of reliable DPI message generation.“delair’s pre-departure sequencer generates reliable TTOT and TSAT and is supporting our A-CDM process in an optimal way. The clear displays give all relevant working positions an easy access to their specific information. A flexible analysis tool allow us to investigate the planning results. We now have the right platform to improve and harmonize our processes”, says Boris Breug, head of airport operations (BER).
Dietmar Dippe, managing director of delair, adds: “Since many years our CDM solutions are generating quantifiable benefits in air traffic operations but also in environmental protection. With the start of A-CDM at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport we are pleased supporting another airport with our tool and know-how.”
Go-ahead for Luton airport expansion
July 8, 2014
The construction work at London Luton Airport will take place over three phases and will include expanding and refurbishing the terminal building, building a new two-storey pier, a new road layout in front of the Central Terminal Area, a multi-storey car park and a new parallel taxiway to add capacity for an additional six million passengers a year from the existing runway.
This will increase annual passenger capacity from 12 million to 18 million by 2031. Final planning consent was granted by Luton Borough Council last week after the Department for Communities & Local Government ruled in April this year that the planning application could proceed.
Chairman Clive Condie said:“This marks the start of an exciting new journey for London Luton, as we begin the process of transforming the airport to deliver a great experience for our customers, Luton and the surrounding regions. Our vision is for a vastly improved airport which plays a major role in providing more capacity in the London system.”
The airport is owned by Spanish company Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (Aena) and the infrastructure fund of Ardian, a private investment company.
United outsourcing jobs at 12 airports
July 8, 2014
United Continental Holdings Inc. will outsource jobs at 12 US airports in cities including Buffalo, N.Y., Charlotte, N.C., and Detroit on Oct. 1 to vendors who will perform the duties at lower cost. The jobs currently employ about 635 workers in areas including check-in, baggage-handling, and customer service.
The move, part of a broader effort by United to lift its flagging fortunes through cost-cutting, reflects how big US airlines are using vendors to handle key jobs at most domestic airports, a trend that can reduce expenses but also risks hurting customer service. American Airlines Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., and Alaska Air Group Inc.’s Alaska Airlines are among the carriers that already outsource a large share of this work – although in some cases the carriers use their own contractors.
Passengers often don’t realize the check-in agents they deal with at US airports don’t work for the airline they are flying. Often, at smaller airports, the same workers may represent multiple competing carriers at different times on different flights.
United declined to comment on the expected savings. The airline pays such workers from $12 to $24 an hour, while some vendors start workers at $9 an hour – $1.75 more than the federal minimum wage – and don’t offer health coverage or travel benefits.
According to Rich Delaney, president of the International Association of Machinists union district that represents the United airport agents and baggage handlers, outsourcing the work at the dozen airports will save United $1.6 million to $3.5 million per airport a year, depending on the size and the worker population.
“It does make economic sense,” said Michael Boyd, a consultant at Boyd Group International. “It’s not a $40,000 job to load bags. Cleaning planes is not a $20-an-hour job.” But the outsourced work offers “no career path, no loyalty,” he said. “When you replace employees with Air Fred, you’ll see the bottom line improve, but you’ll get more lost bags.”