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Local firm wins contract for expanding Tan Son Nhat airport

June 2, 2015

The Hoa Binh Construction and Real Estate Corporation (HBC) has won the contract for the first phase of the project to expand the T2 International Terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
The airport expansion will be conducted in two stages, with the initial stage set to expand the east wing of the terminal while the building in the west wing will start once the east part is fully operational.
Once the expansion is completed, Tan Son Nhat Airport will be capable of serving about 13 million passengers per year, up 3 million from the current capacity.
The contract, worth 0.6 trillion VND (27.5 million USD), is scheduled to finish in 417 days.
The HBC has constructed several projects, including the construction and expansion of Can Tho, Tan Son Nhat and Phu Quoc airports.

Five new airports to be built in Anatolia

June 2, 2015

The general manager of State Airports Authority, Serdar Hüseyin Yildirim, has said that they plan to build new airports in the provinces of Rize-Artvin, Karaman, Yozgat, Edirne and the west side of Antalya, which will be the third airport in Turkey's tourism center, with the aim of ensuring that there is an "airport present every 100 kilometers."
One of the highest growing sectors in the last 13 years in Turkey is aviation. The policy with the slogan: "Air way will be the way of the public," had especially started to support domestic airline companies that had mostly flown domestic flights since 2003, and now Turkey has become a leader in civil aviation.
While there were only 26 destinations Turkish Airlines flew to from Istanbul and Ankara 13 years ago, now with the opening of the Ordu-Giresun and Hakkari's Selahaddin Eyyubi airports, there are currently 7 airline companies flying to 55 destinations and 208 international flights flying to different locations. Presently there are more than 500 large airplanes and the number of people employed in the field, which was around 65,000 in 2003, has increased to 200,000. The aviation sector's contribution to the economy has risen from $2.2 billion to $27 billion over the last 13 years. The number of passengers has also increased from $34 million in 2003 to $166 million in 2014.

Jetstar Asia To Move To klia2

June 2, 2015

All Jetstar Asia flights arriving and departing from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia will be shifted to the klia2 terminal from July 8, 2015. klia2 is located less than two kilometres away from the KLIA Main Terminal and is accessible from KL Sentral via the KLIA Express and KLIA Transit.
In a statement, Jetstar said there is no change in the flight schedule, ground handler, check-in facilities or check-in timings.
However, passengers transferring between KLIA Main terminal and klia2 will need to clear immigration and collect their checked bags before they can transfer to their next flight. Passengers are advised to check in at the airport at least two hours before departure and are reminded to allow ample time for their local transfers to and from the KLIA airport.
Passengers booked to travel between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur on and after today (June 2) will receive an updated email itinerary to reflect the location of the new airport. The straight-to-gate web check-in services will continue to be available to passengers in the new terminal.
Jetstar Asia currently operates up to 30 weekly flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Contractors start Bahrain airport upgradation work

June 2, 2015

Contractors have started to lay the groundwork ahead of construction of a new terminal building at Bahrain International Airport. With an expected completion date of early 2019, the terminal is part of the airport's modernisation programme, said a report in the Gulf Daily News.
Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Kamal Ahmed confirmed that enabling work was being done ahead of the terminal's construction.
"Work has already started and the contractor is on site now," he said."They are removing a lot of cables and pipes in the area where the new terminal will be built. So the first contractor is already on site and a new contractor will start, I think, within two weeks and this will also involve enabling work for a different area. The piling work will then begin - hopefully - in a month."
Ahmed was speaking on the sidelines of the opening of international aviation summit Routes Middle East and Africa (MEA) at the Gulf Hotel yesterday (May 31). Bahrain Airport Company chief executive Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, who was also at the summit, explained that some tenders related to the modernisation programme had yet to be awarded.
"The airport modernisation programme consists of two phases - one is the new terminal building and we are in very advanced stages of that programme," he said. "The design stage is complete and we are now in the tendering phase. I think between August and October all the programme packages will be awarded and we hope to have the main contractors on site by the end of October and beginning of November."
Bahrain International Airport currently serves nine million passengers a year, who fly with 51 airlines to 49 destinations. However, as passenger numbers are expected to increase to between 14 and 16 million a year, the modernisation programme and new terminal will see the number of check-in counters and passenger loading bridges doubled, while retail and commercial outlets are also due to triple in size.