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Calgary's new airport runway set to open in June
April 23, 2014
The countdown is on for the new runway to open at the Calgary International Airport. Construction is still underway on the new $600-million runway, which will be more than four kilometres long and over a metre thick. Several more weeks of work are needed but the first flight is scheduled to depart from the runway on June 20 at 2 p.m. MT.
"This runway was planned 40 years ago," said Garth Atkinson, president of the airport. "To see it all come to pass, through a lot of planning, a lot of design, construction in the last few years and all the effort by so many people and so many organizations, it's quite exciting."
The airport says its top goal is to offer a non-stop flight to China.
Atkinson says that's likely still a few years away.
A new international terminal is also under construction. The budget for the terminal alone is roughly $1.4 billion and it is expected to open in late 2015.
Australia approves second airport for Sydney
April 15, 2014
Australia has approved the construction of a second international airport in Sydney at the cost of $2.4b. The new facility will be located at Badgerys Creek, in western Sydney. Planning and design work would start immediately, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, with construction expected to begin in 2016. Funding would come mostly from the private sector.
The green light from Mr Abbott's government comes nearly 70 years after the idea was first debated. The debate on the need for a second airport in Australia's largest city dates back to 1946. Badgerys Creek was a proposed site but the idea was then shelved for fear of backlash from local voters.
Around 20 sites were considered before the government gave the green light for the new facility about 45km west of Sydney's central business district. Based on early estimates, the first flights in and out of the airport are not expected until the mid-2020s.
Mr Abbott has made it clear he wants a curfew-free airport. Sydney's current Kingsford Smith Airport is only 8km away from the city and it operates with a curfew between 23:00 and 06:00.
Australia's national carrier, Qantas, welcomed the announcement. Chief Executive Alan Joyce said in a statement: "Sydney is the key gateway for air traffic in and out of Australia and the benefits of having two major airports will be felt nationwide."
Stage II Bangalore airport expansion gets green nod
April 14, 2014
India's Ministry of Environment and Forests has recommended environment clearance for the second stage expansion of international airport in Bangalore, being developed by a GVK group company.
Bangalore International Airport Limited had approached the Union ministry seeking clearance for expansion so as to cater to 55 million passengers per annum by 2029 to 2030 along with the required facilities and non-aeronautical developments including ancillary projects.
The Environmental Appraisal Committee noted the PP has submitted the compliance of EC conditions to the Regional Office, MoEF at Bengaluru, as per the minutes of its meeting held last month.
The report from MoEF, Bengaluru, reveals all the conditions have been complied with. After deliberations, EAC recommended grant of clearance stipulating the following conditions, according to the minutes. As part of conditions laid down by the EAC, the BIAL will have to re-cycle the waste water for green belt, cooling system, flushing and develop the green belt as committed.
In July 2011, the ministry had approved the first stage expansion enhancing the passenger handling capacity from 11.4 million passengers per annum to 17.2 million passengers per annum.
The Stage 1 expansion was completed in December 2013. The second stage has been envisaged to accommodate traffic growth which is forecast to reach of 55 million passengers per annum by 2030.
With the proposed expansion on aeronautical and non- aeronautical zones, total direct and indirect employment generation potential is about 224,000. The overall project cost is around INR 14,867 crore.
Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to get 3rd runway
April 14, 2014
As air traffic at the country’s main gateway, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, worsens, the government has committed to back the land clearing needed to pave the way for the airport’s expansion.
The Transportation Ministry will allocate the funds needed for the construction of the airport’s third runway from next year’s state budget.
Deputy Transportation Minister Bambang Susantono said the construction of another runway was the only solution, before the development of Karawang Airport, just east of Jakarta, begins next year.
The budget needed just to clear the land for the 3,660 meter by 60 m runway is Rp 4 trillion (US$350 million). This has led state airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) II to turn to the government for financing.
“I guess there is no other way than to develop the third runway, but the problem is that Government Regulation No. 40/2012 on airport development stipulates that state budgets should not finance commercial airports,” Bambang told The Jakarta Post recently. The regulation [must be revised] as mentioned in a recent meeting with the Vice President,” he added. According to him, funds would be allocated from the 2015 state budget.
The third runway is crucial as AP II data shows that the annual number of passengers at Soekarno-Hatta was 60.13 million last year, nearly three times its annual capacity of 22 million passengers.
Salahudin Rafi, operational and technical director with AP II, said with government support, the operator was optimistic that the runway construction could begin in 2016, as mentioned in the airport’s grand design.
“With the new runway, the airport can accommodate 87 million to 100 million passengers per year,” Rafi said. “The government has shown its support, the construction will begin on time,” he said.
AP II earmarked Rp 26.2 trillion to develop Soekarno-Hatta between 2010 and 2016, with Rp 11.1 trillion allocated for this year.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport to open refurbished terminal
April 14, 2014
Raleigh-Durham International Airport is ready to open a refurbished terminal which will bring to an end more than a decade of construction.
The $68 million effort follows the construction of new parking decks, a new general aviation terminal and a new Terminal 2.
RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin says that for the first time in more than 15 years, there will be no major construction projects planned.
Terminal 1 was known as Terminal A when it opened in 1982. For years, it was the airport's main terminal, serving all airlines except American and the now-defunct Midway.
After Terminal 2 opened in 2008, Terminal 1 now houses only Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary AirTran.
March 16, 2014
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