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Tanzania's Mugumu Airport expansion gets clearance
October 28, 2014
Tanzania’s National Environmental Management Council recently approved the plans by the Mugumu town council to expand and upgrade an airstrip into an aerodrome, capable of receiving larger aircraft to facilitate more landings than presently possible.
Located in the Serengeti District, adjoining the Serengeti National Park, the new facility, when ready, will seek to attract extra traffic though charters and even scheduled flights from Arusha to land at strips close to the lodges and safari camps where clients will stay for the duration of their visit to the park.
The project itself is not entirely without controversy, considering plans by the Tanzanian government to upgrade the Mwanza airport to international standards and the fact that flights from the region, Europe and the Gulf are using Kilimanjaro International Airport as an entry point, from where tourists then either go by road or by air to the various lodges and camps across the Northern safari circuit.
Nigeria's New Kano Airport Terminal 35% Complete
October 28, 2014
The New Terminal under construction at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport has reached 35 per cent completion stage and this is coming on the heels of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, showcasing the airport remodeling project at the 9th Abuja International Trade Fair.
This fact was revealed by Mr Wong of the Chinese Engineering Construction Company, CCECC, the contractor handling the project, while conducting the Managing Director of FAAN, Engr Saleh Dunoma who was on inspection tour of the New Terminal under construction in Kano.
According to Mr Yakubu Dati, General Manager, Corporate Communication , FAAN, Engr Dunoma called on the company to adhere to set standards in line with the sector's mantra of "Safety and Security". Mr Wong said that the work is at 35 percent completion stage, assuring that work is ongoing as scheduled.
Speaking after the tour, FAAN Managing Director said the airport when completed will further expand the potential of the ancient city as a hub of commerce and industry. Dunoma, who was accompanied by Ibrahim Chatta, Acting Regional General Manager, Kano, Kabiru Mohammed Yusuf, Chief of Staff to the MD and other senior staff of FAAN, inspected the three floor edifice.
In a related development, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, showcased the airport remodelling project at the 9th Abuja International Trade Fair to enable visitors to the fair have firsthand experience of how the airport remodelling project of the Federal Government has transformed the Nigerian airports to international standard.
The airport remodelling project is one major aspects of the aviation sector master plan under President Goodluck Jonathan's Transformation Agenda of the aviation industry. The trade fair provided FAAN another opportunity to showcase modern facilities now available at most terminals across the country.
Work starts on Munich airport northern rail link
October 28, 2014
German federal transport minister Mr Alexander Dobrint, Bavarian transport minister Mr Joachim Herrmann, and Dr Volker Kefer, German Rail (DB) board member for infrastructure and services, formally launched construction of a new rail link to Munich Franz-Jozef Strauss International Airport in groundbreaking ceremony near the Bavarian town of Neufahrn bei Freising on October 27.
The 2.3km Neufahrn Curve will branch off the Airport – Neufahrn line between Airport Visitor Park station and Neufahrn, crossing the A92 motorway and curving northeast on an embankment to join the Munich – Regensburg line south of Pulling. The double-track electrified line is due to open in December 2018 and will cut journey times by around 30 minutes for rail passengers traveling to the airport from towns to the north and northeast, such as Freising, Regensburg, Landshut, and Passau.
The €91m project is being jointly financed by the state of Bavaria and the German federal government. DB will pay the state around €10m over a 20-year period through track access charges for using the new link.
The state government is also studying options for improving rail journey times between the airport and towns in southeast Bavaria such as Mühldorf.
The airport is currently linked to Munich city centre by S-Bahn lines S1 (via Neufahrn) and S8 (via Johanneskirchen).
Bidders seek fourth extension for Navi Mumbai airport
October 7, 2014
Even as the decks for the Navi Mumbai international airport have been cleared after all the project-affected villagers gave their consent for land acquisition last week, bidders are now asking for yet another extension.
This is the fourth time the bidders have sought extension from the implementing agency City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) for submission of bids.
The bidders include GVK Group which runs the current airport in the city and has the first right of refusal in the bidding process, Tata Realty & Infrastructure, among others.
In the February round of RFQs, leading companies like Zurich Airport, Ferrovial Aeropuertos, Tata Realty & Infrastructure, Mumbai International Airport (GVK), Srei Infra Finance, Samsung-C&T, IL&FS, GMR Group, Essel Infraprojects, Gensler of US, UK Trade & Investment, and Vinci Concessions India, among others had submitted their bids.
The Cidco had floated tenders for the over Rs 14,500-crore project this February and had fixed June 18 as the date of submission of RFQs. The deadline was, however, extended thrice to July 30, September 2 and October 31, as the bidders sought time to submit the tenders.
"Yes, they have asked for one more extension," Cidco vice-chairman and managing director Sanjay Bhatia told PTI, but refused to offer details as to why the bidders are seeking more time again. He, however, said that currently focus is land acquisition after getting the consent of the villagers, rehabilitation and relocation of power transmission lines.
According to another Cidco official, who did not wish to be named, the agency may not accept this demand of the bidders as it has already extended it thrice and the critical path of consent has been cleared.
Sky Harbor construction delay may cost $1.9 million
October 7, 2014
A mammoth construction project at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will be delayed for two weeks, which experts say could cost the city an additional $1.9 million.
The Phoenix City Council last week was set to approve a $103 million construction contract for the first phase of the planned $590 million Terminal 3 remodeling project.
But some members said they wanted more time to review the plan, which has been in the works for more than a year, while others said the delay would waste public money for no reason.
Singapore Swoops In £1bn UK Airports Deal
October 7, 2014
Sky News has learnt that the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore (GIC) is expected to take a slice of the equity in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, alongside Ferrovial, the Spanish infrastructure giant, and Macquarie, the Australian bank.
GIC's involvement is understood to be in the process of being finalised although it may not be publicly named as an investor when the deal is announced early next week, according to insiders.
The three airports, which collectively handle approximately 13 million passengers annually, are being sold by Heathrow Airport Holdings (HAH), the parent company of Britain's busiest airport.
Sky News revealed Ferrovial's interest in buying the three airports nearly ten months ago, with HAH's board keen to offload the regional sites as it concentrates on securing backing for a third runway.
The debate about Britain's aviation policy will reach a crucial stage next year, when Sir Howard Davies's commission makes a recommendation about the most appropriate location for new runway capacity.
The Commission's verdict will be made after the general election, and is effectively now a two-way fight between Heathrow and Gatwick, with the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, having seen his concept of a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary rejected by Sir Howard.
The three regional airports owned by HAH are the last remnants of the former BAA's monopoly over the UK's aviation infrastructure.
Next week's deal has been held up because of the complexity of HAH's own shareholder structure, with Ferrovial, which took over BAA in 2006, having steadily reduced its investment in Heathrow in recent years by selling small chunks of shares to sovereign wealth funds in China, Qatar and Singapore, including GIC.
Dnata plans new cargo terminal at DWC
October 7, 2014
Dnata will begin construction on a new cargo terminal at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) in the second quarter of 2015, said a top official.
The terminal is in the final design stage and is likely to have an annual capacity of between 1 and 1.6 million tonnes, Jon Conway, senior vice president — UAE airport operations, was quoted as saying in a Gulf News report.
The terminal will have an initial capacity of 500,000 tonnes a year and the construction is targeted for completion by the end of 2016, he added.
Dnata will be spending around Dh20 million ($5.4 million) for ground support equipment and lounge development for Dubai International’s new Concourse D, Conway was quoted in the report.
The terminal will be used to handle cargo from other airlines landing at DWC, the report said.
Indonesia's Kuala Namu Airport to be made aerotropolis
September 19, 2014
State-run airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II plans to develop North Sumatra’s Kuala Namu International Airport as an aerotropolis to integrate the airport with Belawan Port, Kuala Tanjung Port and Batubara regency, to help spur the province’s economic growth.
An aerotropolis is a new urban concept placing airports in the center with cities growing around them, connecting workers, suppliers, goods and executives.
“This concept will support the development of the national strategic areas of Medan, Binjai, Deli Serdang, Karo and Mebidangro, as well as the Sei Mangke Special Economic Zone and its surrounding industrial areas,” AP II corporate secretary Daryanto told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.
He said the company was holding a discussion with officials from the North Sumatra provincial administration in Medan on Thursday in order to determine how to take the plan forward.
“The discussion is very important for both parties so that we can develop the aerotropolis concept. We believe the project is feasible because Kuala Namu still has a lot of room for future developments,”
The airport, which is located about 42 kilometers from the city’s old Polonia airport, is equipped with a 3,750-meter runway and 33 aprons that are able to accommodate wide-body aircraft, such as the Airbus 330, A380 and Boeing 747.
Maldives Offers Male international airport project to Chinese company
September 19, 2014
In what may be viewed as a setback to India's strategic clout in its neighbourhood, Maldives has offered the project to upgrade Male international airport to a Chinese firm during President Xi Jinping's visit, earlier contracted to Indian firm GMR but unilaterally terminated in 2012.
The contract to expand Male airport has been given to Beijing Urban Construction Group Company Limited, notwithstanding the fact that Maldives is yet to pay the GMR group damages after the international arbitration tribunal in Singapore ruled in favour of the GMR last June.