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Iran to build airport on border with Azerbaijan
December 17, 2014
Iran will construct a new airport on the border with Azerbaijan, on the territory of ‘Aras’ free economic zone (FEZ), Managing Director of ‘Aras’ FEZ Mohsen Khadem Arab-Baghi said.
He said it is planned to construct the new airport in two years, adding that it will cover an area of 300 hectares, Mehr News agency reported on Dec.17.
“The license has already been received for the construction of the airport which is important for the development of the FEZ infrastructure,” Arab-Baghi said.
“Funds for its construction have already been allocated,” he said. “The airport will be able to receive large passenger and cargo aircraft.”
‘Aras’ FEZ that was created in Iran nine years ago, covers an area of 53,000 hectares. Its territory stretches from the city of Julfa to the villages of Khudaferin, Jananlu and Gulubeyli. ‘Aras’ FEZ covers an area of 21,000 hectares in the city of Julfa.
Beijing to Get Third Airport
December 17, 2014
China has green-lighted a third airport for the capital Beijing in a bid to reduce congestion and chronic delays, state media reported.
The massive new airport will be located 46 kilometers (29 miles) south of the city center and take five years to build, according to the China Daily newspaper and other outlets.
When completed, it will handle 72 million passengers per year, taking the pressure off Beijing Capital International Airport in the city's northeast that is the world's second-busiest, handling more than 83 million passengers last year.
A second airport, Nanyuan, is a former military airfield with limited capacity.
China is splashing out on specific infrastructure as part of efforts to limit its economic slowdown. Beijing's is the third airport to get the go-ahead in just the last month, while feasibility studies for five other projects were approved in October.
State planning agency the National Development and Reform Commission has set the airport's construction budget at just over $13 billion dollars.
Designed by Netherlands Airport Consultants B.V., it will have a 700,000-square meter (7,500,000 square foot) main terminal and capacity to process 2 million tons of cargo per year.
The airport will be connected to Beijing by a 66-kilometer (41-mile) light rail line with travel times under 30 minutes.
China's fast growing air travel market is the world's second biggest, but the heavy air traffic and tight control of airspace by the military have given it the world's worst record for flight delays.
Flight cancelations and delays have sparked frequent incidents of air rage aboard Chinese flights and at airports.
COMSOFT to continue EUROCONTROL ARTAS maintenance
December 16, 2014
EUROCONTROL have again awarded the important Centralised ARTAS Maintenance and Support (CAMOS) Industrial Partner contract to German expert COMSOFT, enabling the continued and sustained level of ARTAS support expected by its vast circle of users.
EUROCONTROL’s ATM Surveillance Tracker, ARTAS, is now the most advanced and well-established surveillance data processing system in the world, evolving over the years to become the standard tracker used in Europe. Launched by EUROCONTROL in the early 90’s, on behalf of its member states, the ARTAS initiative proved itself to be key element of the ATC surveillance chain, raising the level of performance and safety.
A key to its success is accredited to the valuable partnership between EUROCONTROL and COMSOFT since 2001. With this being the fourth contract awarded to COMSOFT, and marking an unbroken track record, it again enables a continuous and increasingly superior quality service period for the ever growing ARTAS users’ community steered by EUROCONTROL.
ARTAS uses the latest tracking technologies to deliver an outstanding level of accuracy and reliability in data output. It was designed to establish an accurate air situation picture, over a well-defined geographical area and distribute the relevant surveillance information to a variety of user systems. Meanwhile, the constantly growing demands of ARTAS users in regards to quality, safety and functionality have led to a constant evolution of enhanced software versions, in order to meet todays and future demands.
With COMSOFT contributing to the success of ARTAS for almost 15 years this subsequent five year contract serves to further highlight the German specialist’s expertise and their significance to the rising number of ARTAS users, who have regularly shown their appreciation and backing for COMSOFT.
Bangkok Airport expansion to pilot new procurement scheme
December 15, 2014
The Phase 2 expansion of Suvarnabhumi Airport will be the pilot project for implementing a Construction Sector Transparency (CoST) system aimed at ensuring transparency and preventing corruption.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha Friday said the system would be expanded to other state projects later. Speaking on his weekly television programme, Prayut said his military-led regime had brought in the system to improve the transparency of procurement by state enterprises.
Disclosure of construction information of large-scale projects will now be in accordance with global standards, he claimed. "Without this, accusations - both factual and false - will keep being thrown back and forth" between accusers and the accused. He said the CoST system would reduce the channels available for those in authority for personal gain and would boost the efficiency of the civil sector's regulatory and inspection procedures.
Berlin airport CEO Mehdorn resigns
December 15, 2014
The CEO of Berlin's planned BER airport, Hartmut Mehdorn, will step down by June 30, 2015, the airport company announced.
He had to take on board "speculation about [his] position in the sphere of the supervisory board," Mehdorn said. He added that he regretted his resignation as it fulfills neither his sense of duty nor his aims. "For me, however, the step is necessary in light of the overall situation."
In the past weeks, there have been several media reports detailing troubled relations between Mehdorn and airport partners and disputes over extending Mehdorn's contract, which was due to end in March 2016.
Mehdorn's resignation comes after just two years of leading the delayed airport project. On Friday, officials said that the Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt airport will start operating in 2017 - some six years after its original opening date.
Since 2011, three other opening dates have also been cancelled due to technical problems.
Jeju airport expansion study launched
December 14, 2014
The Korean Ministry of Transportation launched the “Jeju Airport Infrastructure Expansion Feasibility Study” Dec. 5 in order to ensure airport infrastructure can meet future demand and potentially identify optimal locations for a new airport.
The study is being carried out by a consortium from the Korea Aerospace University and will continue until December 2015, costing 8.8 billion won.
The University previously studied demand and capacity at Jeju airport between August 2013 and September 2014. This research is looking at the potential for large-scale expansion of air infrastructure and new airport construction.
The consortium will also identify appropriate investment strategies to fund any future projects. Foreign experts are being asked for their input to increase the objectivity of the final report.
Fundamental measures regarded as essential by the end of next year include terminal expansion and runway improvement to ease congestion at peak times.
The Ministry will provide 12.4 billion won for any expansion and relocation and 35.4 billion won for runway improvement. The construction of a new airport is regarded as a last resort.
Projections suggest that the airport will reach saturation point by 2018 with Jeju to Seoul already the busiest air route in the world with over 10 million passengers in 2012
$1.5 Billion PATH train Extension to Newark Airport Approved
December 14, 2014
New York Port Authority’s move to provide $1.5 billion in funding for the one stop PATH extension to Newark Liberty National Airport is being lauded by New Jersey officials. The construction, set to begin in 2018, will provide an affordable commute for many, and convenient travel options for thousands.
The Port Authority of NYNJ also approved $6.4 million for planning for the project in the 2015 Capital Budget approved today. The $1.5 billion PATH extension will run from PATH’s western terminus at Newark Penn Station to the airport using existing Northeast Corridor rail lines.
About 3,000 passengers travelling out of Newark Airport each day would use the new extension to take a PATH train to the airport, according to a study investigated byNJ.com. The project, which would serve about 6,000 passengers a day, will take five years to complete, according to NJ Advanced Media.
Once completed, travelers arriving at Newark Airport will be able to take PATH trains to Newark Penn Station, Harrison, Jersey City and to the World Trade Center, a growing residential area in Manhattan, without having to change trains.
“This is exactly the type of project the Port Authority should be doing,” NJDOT Commissioner Jamie Fox said. “Transportation is all about getting people where they need to go in the most efficient manner. Providing a mass transit option with direct access between lower Manhattan and Newark Airport enhances the accessibility and convenience for travelers using the airport.”
In addition to providing travelers with direct access from the airport to lower Manhattan and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, it also will serve commuters in Essex and Union counties by giving them an affordable alternative to driving into New York City.