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third runway at Manila's international airport to be started
August 25, 2014
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has ordered the construction of a third runway at Manila's main international airport to ease air traffic congestion in one of Southeast Asia's fastest growing economies.
The project is expected to cost at least P2.4 billion ($55 million), and the amount may increase to include the construction of a fourth terminal at the airport, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.
"The president's guidance was very clear. We'll find ways to have this completed before his term ends because the benefits are clear," Abaya told Reuters.
Aquino steps down after a single six-year term in June 2016.
The runway would be a quick-fix solution to the congestion plaguing Manila's dilapidated airport, which is currently the main gateway for international travel. The government is also looking into building another international airport at a former U.S. naval base southwest of the capital to serve future growth in travel and tourism.
Another runway would increase the number of planes taking off and landing to 48 planes per hour from 42 planes currently.
If an additional airport terminal is built, the take-off and landing rate could further rise to at least 58 planes an hour,Abaya said.
WSP wins contracts for Oman airports
August 25, 2014
WSP has been appointed by international contractor J&P Overseas Ltd to work on two major airport facilities in Oman and extensive highway works in Qatar.
The company said it has been hired to design maintenance and cargo facilities at Muscat airport and a cargo facility at Salalah airport in Oman.
Together, the developments consist of 150,000 sq m of facilities and the maintenance hangar at Muscat is sized to accommodate an airbus A380 and two Code C aircraft simultaneously.
WSP said in a statement that it is providing civil, structural, building services and specialist support services including fire, acoustics and security.
The firm said it is also working on the new Orbital Highway in Qatar. The works consist of 45km of dual five lane highway plus a two lane truck highway and four major grade separated junctions.
WSP said it will provide full highway design services including bridges and civil engineering structures.
Director Jim Ratliff said: “We are extremely pleased to have won these contracts, delivered by our teams in the UK and Middle East. We have been developing our skills addressing the Middle East market for some time now and have established a good market presence for infrastructure and commercial development. We will be looking to build on this success through our global counterparts.”
WSP has 2,700 employees across the UK and 600 in the Middle East. WSP is active across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Memphis Airport Authority approves $5.8M concourse demolition
August 25, 2014
The first major construction project in Memphis International Airport's $114 million concourse modernization plan got the green light.
The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority unanimously approved a $5.8 million contract with Chris Woods Construction Co. Inc. that includes the demolition of the south ends of concourses A and C.
The demolition will bring the airport's gate count down to 60 from 83, but the airport only needs about 22 of those gates currently.
Chris Woods Construction's bid of $6.7 million was the only bid received by the MSCAA.The project is part of a larger, $114 million modernization plan.
Airways supports Mongolia to safely reduce ATC separation
August 14, 2014
Mongolian air traffic control separation standards will reduce from 90 to 30 kilometres in September following an Airways New Zealand review of the Mongolian Civil Aviation Authority safety assessment requirements.
Tim Bradding, a former Airways Safety Manager and current regional Chief Controller, visited Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia recently to assist the Mongolian CAA (MCAA) in their reduction of aircraft separation distances. Since the installation in 2012 of radar sites across the region, radar control in the area has been introduced gradually, and currently relies on a 90 kilometre separation between aircraft.
Mr Bradding says he worked closely with the MCAA to assess reducing radar separation standards to more closely align with the ICAO standard of five nautical miles (10 kilometres).
“During my visit I considered equipment reliability, procedures, air traffic controller training and contingency planning, to enable the MCAA to achieve their aircraft separation goals,” he says.
“Reducing aircraft separation requirements in a safe manner will allow the Mongolian CAA to more rapidly increase their air traffic flows, with economic benefits across the country and the region,” says Mr Bradding.
Airways is New Zealand’s air navigation services provider, and provides leading air traffic control consultancy services around the world.
AeroGround signs long-term agreement with Adria Airways
August 12, 2014
AeroGround Flughafen München GmbH, the ground handling subsidiary of the Mu-nich Airport operating company (FMG), reached agreement with the Slovenian airline Adria Airways on a long-term full-handling contract at Munich Airport.
In cooperation with its affiliates aerogate and Cargogate, AeroGround is Munich Airport's only full-service provider offering the complete range of landside and airside services to cover all aspects of aircraft, passenger and cargo handling. A cornerstone of this concept is the central sales unit of AeroGround, which, since 2013, has handled all sales and marketing activities for the three ground handling service providers AeroGround, aerogate and Cargogate.
The central sales unit reached agreement with the Slovenian carrier Adria Airways on a long-term full-handling contract at Munich Airport. It covers both aircraft and baggage handling, to be performed by AeroGround, as well as cargo handling through cargogate. The Star Alliance carrier Adria Airways flies several times a week from Munich to the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, Pristina (Kosovo), and, since the start of this year, to Lódz (Poland). For Munich Airport's ground handling teams, this means an increased order volume of up to 1,200 handling operations per year, or 2,400 aircraft movements.
Back in April of this year, Aeroground was also successful in signing a long-term full handling deal with Aegean Airlines.
Fraport AG Receives Terminal 3 Building Permit
August 12, 2014
Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), has received the building permit from the City of Frankfurt for the planned Terminal 3 (T3). The construction of the new terminal, which will rise on the southern side of Frankfurt Airport, is an integral part of Fraport’s Airport Expansion Program as approved in the official zoning procedure. The new terminal has been designed as a modular construction concept to be implemented in phases. The first construction phase will include the central terminal building and two piers to serve up to 14 million passengers per year.
Commenting on Fraport’s successful application for the T3 building permit, Fraport AG’s executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte said: “We are pleased that the City of Frankfurt has now issued the building permit for our new Terminal 3. In particular, I would like to extend special thanks to Fraport’s construction planning experts for their excellent job and to the City of Frankfurt’s building supervisory authority, which once again has demonstrated its expertise and professionalism in dealing with highly complex construction projects.”
Fraport expects Frankfurt Airport will need additional capacity – which will be available after the completion of the first T3 construction phase – by no later than 2021.
In the first construction phase, Terminal 3 will feature a total of 24 terminal docking positions at the two piers. When fully completed, Terminal 3 will provide a total of 50 aircraft docking positions. Overall, planning for the passenger terminal focuses on highly efficient energy standards. The design of the building’s technical systems, for example, will completely eliminate the need for external heating.
Terminal 3 will be linked to the existing Terminals 1 and 2, as well as the airport train stations, by expanding FRA’s baggage conveyor and Sky Line people-mover systems.