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Taiwan's Kinmen seeking to co-build, co-operate new airport in Xiamen
July 30, 2014
Taiwan's outlying Kinmen county, which is less than 10 kilometers from Xiamen on China's southeastern coast, expressed its interest to jointly build and operate a new international airport being planned in the Chinese city.
During a meeting with an official from the Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Planning and other Kinmen officials, Kinmen county magistrate Li Wo-shi said he hoped the county could take part in both the construction and operation of the new airport to help boost Kinmen's passenger capacity.
An expansion of Kinmen Airport was completed late last year, but the facility's full capacity of 3.9 million passengers per year will be reached in five years, Li said, a problem because the airport cannot be expanded further.
The use of the airport in nearby Xiamen would be a solution to the capacity problem, Li said, adding that he would submit the proposal to Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
Kinmen's idea of jointly building and operating the new Xiamen airport follows a previous proposal to build a bridge connecting Xiamen and Kinmen, which consists of 12 islands.
During Sunday's meeting, representatives from both sides agreed to hire a consulting firm to carry out a feasibility study on the Kinmen-Xiamen joint venture.
Li also asked the county government to create a designated communication channel with its Xiamen counterpart to further discuss the issue.
Xiamen is currently reclaiming land around Dadeng and Xiaodeng islands to create a 26-square-kilometer plot of land for the new airport, which will have four runways, according to the construction plan. The facility is expected to become operational in 2020.
Among the Chinese islands closest to Kinmen county, Dadeng and Xiaodeng islands are closer to Kinmen's main island than they are to downtown Xiamen.
Paraguay plans new USD184mn airport terminal
July 30, 2014
Paraguay has estimated that the construction of a new airport terminal in Asunción will cost USD184mn, civil aeronautics national direction DINAC said. The plan entails building a larger 30,000m2 terminal to support 2mn passengers a year at the Silvio Pettirossi airport, which will continue to use the current runway.
DINAC head Luis Aguirre said feasibility studies will be finished by the end of this year so the tender process can start in early 2015. The tender is planned to be awarded in August 2015 and construction should be finished in January 2018.
The bulk of the investment, or USD144mn, is expected to be required in the first four years of a 30-year concession, which will be carried out under a public-private partnership.
Domestic and international passenger traffic grew 16.4% in the first six months of 2014 to 480,000, according to DINAC figures.
Hochtief-led group wins $2.9bn Riyadh airport deal
July 30, 2014
Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation has chosen a group led by the German contractor Hochtief for the upgrading of terminals at the Riyadh international airport, a report said.
The contract to upgrade King Khalid International Airport is valued at $2.9 billion, said the report in Global Construction Review.
Work on the project is expected to start in September for completion in the first quarter of 2017, it said.
The consortium includes Mumbai-based Shapoorji Pallonji and local firm Al-Nahda.
The expansion of will increase the airport’s capacity from the 15 million passengers a year to 25 million. Construction is also under way on a new fifth terminal, the report said.
The project is being masterplanned by Netherlands Airport Consultants. Architectural design is by HOK International. Aecom subsidiary Cansult Maunsell will carry out project management and Buro Happold will look after M&E design.
Prague’s Václav Havel Airport to undergo reconstruction
July 30, 2014
Prague’s Václav Havel International Airport is to undergo a 150 million crown reconstruction which will enable the airport to deal with an increased number of flights. The make-over is being made in preparation for the start of regular flights from Seoul which will see the A380 land regularly at Prague airport. The large plane made three landings in Prague last year and airport officials say it taxed the airport’s infrastructure to the limit. Under the present conditions such flights could delay others.
Pasco airport terminal gets building permit
July 30, 2014
Construction on the USD41.9 million expansion of the Tri-Cities Airport terminal in Pasco, Washington, U.S.A. can begin. The Port of Pasco received the building permit for the project, which will just about double the size of the terminal.
Bouten Construction Co. is the port's general contractor/construction manager for the project.
The remodel will move the staircase, elevator and restrooms to the front of the terminal to open up the area near the security checkpoint.
The ticketing and baggage areas will expand and a new concourse will be built beyond the security area with gates to the right and left.
Construction on a sewer replacement project already is under way at the airport.
Officials will celebrate the groundbreaking of the full project with a short ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 1.
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.”