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Mexico kicks off 2 more tenders for new international airport
April 7, 2015
GACM, the future operator of Mexico City's new airport, has launched two tenders for the project.
The first involves the construction of access roads and platforms for the No. 2 runway, according to Mexico's procurement portal CompraNet.
Technical and economic proposals are due April 16, the tender is to be awarded April 23 and work is set to begin 15 days afterwards.
The second involves building temporary drainage systems in the former Texcoco lake in the state of Mexico, where the airport will be built.
Bids must be submitted by April 15, and the winner will be selected seven days later. Work is set to start 15 days later. The value of the two contracts has yet to be revealed.
Mexico is planning to launch more tenders for the new airport in September and October, communications (SCT) minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza has said. The tenders will be to build the terminal and runways, to install radar systems and carry out electrical work, among others, he added.
Mexico has reportedly slashed by a third the amount of money that can be spent this year on the city's new US$11bn airport. The planned airport has been called the most advanced in the world, and will be the first in Latin America with simultaneous traffic flow to and from more than one runway, and the world's first airport outside the US to handle three traffic flows simultaneously.
The existing Mexico City airport, AICM, can handle up to 32mn passengers a year but is close to reaching capacity. According to BNamericas data, around 31mn people passed through the hub in 2013.
Colombia tenders airport contract
April 7, 2015
Colombia is tendering a contract for studies, design and construction of infrastructure needed to support Palonegro International Airport. The project is located in Bucaramanga, the capital city of the Santander region. The region is a hub for manufacturing and is experiencing economic growth. The location means that Palonegor is one of the one of the country’s key airports, transporting more than 1.5 million passengers per year.
The value of the contract is put at £24m. The tender process will begin on 24 April and end on 7 May.
Japanese group wins Philippine's Bohol airport deal
April 7, 2015
The Philippine's Department of Transportation and Communications has awarded the construction contract for the new Bohol Airport, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
The DOTC said in a statement Monday that the P3.36-billion airport- the first new airport project of the Aquino administration—went to the Japanese joint venture of Chiyoda Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp.
“Another world-class airport will soon rise on the island of Panglao, to cater to the steadily-increasing number of tourists in Bohol. It will be developed as an ‘eco-airport’ or one that features environmentally sustainable technologies, in line with the province’s eco-tourism branding,” Transportation secretary Joseph Abaya said in a statement.
Construction is set to begin before the end of summer. The airport is designed to accommodate one million passengers annually.
“In a country filled with tourist hotspots on islands separated by seas, it is vital to develop and modernize our airports not only to better service our passengers, but to also enable economic growth for our people,” he added.
The DOTC also announced updates on two other airport projects.
For the Kalibo International Airport, it announced that a new wing was opened ahead of the busy summer season, allowing the facility to accommodate another 800 passengers.
The department also announced the start of regular night flight operations at Laguindingan airport, the gateway airport to northern Mindanao.
After being fully equipped for night landing last October, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) gave airlines the option to schedule their night flights at the airport. Evening flights formally opened on March 12, when Cebu Pacific Air operated round-trips from Cagayan de Oro to Cebu and Davao. It will now offer regular night trips to and from Manila.
Vinci wins French airport concession
April 7, 2015
Vinci Airports has won a 25-year concession contract for Toulon Hyères International Airport in France. The airport, which is located between Marseille and Nice, processed about 550,000 passengers in 2014. It serves the Greater Toulon area (population 400,000), the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and the main seaside resorts of France's leading tourist area, which has some nine million visitors a year,
The 25-year concession contract with the French government entered into force yesterday and covers management and development of the civil aviation part of the airport and works and maintenance of the runway infrastructure, which remains under the command of the French Navy base there. Initial infrastructure renovation and reinforcement works, with a value of about €19m, will be carried out by a number of Group companies operating in the region - Eurovia Méditerranée, TP Spada, VINCI Energies.
Vinci Airports will take on all personnel currently employed by the airport.
Construction of 57 New Airports in Indonesia to Start in the Next 5 Years
April 7, 2015
The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation has announced a plan to build 57 new airports and pledged to set aside Rp 71 trillion, or $5.5 billion, over the next five years for the project.
Suprasetyo, director general of air transportation at the ministry, said the government has earmarked Rp 11 trillion ($845 million) for projects that start this year. Construction for at least 11 new airports is due to begin this year.
“Rp 11 trillion will be used for airport construction in 2015 but we have allocated Rp 71 trillion until 2019,” Suprasetyo said.
The new airports will be built in the southern parts of Sumatra, East Nusa Tenggara and Papua.
Suprasetyo added the government was also planning to open 218 new flight routes in 28 provinces this year but did not elaborate.
King Fahd International Airport launches cargo village
April 7, 2015
King Fahd International Airport (KFIA), in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, has officially unveiled its “Cargo Village”.
The launch event was presided by His Royal Highness, Prince Saud bin Naif, Governor of the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Cargo Village, spread over half a million square metres, positions KFIA as a multi-modal shipment and clearance destination, directly serving the Eastern Province and the Kingdom.
With over 70 per cent of goods bound for the Gulf region destined for the kingdom, the new facility offers direct access to Saudi Arabia and bypasses the need for cargo to transship through neighbouring countries.
For the planning and implementation of the Cargo Village, KFIA has worked in cooperation with Saudi Customs and Singapore's Changi Airports International (CAI).
The Cargo Village has been designed to the latest international standards and has been customised to maximise convenience for airlines and freight companies operating from KFIA. The Cargo Village guarantees express cargo delivery with reduced shipping times and increases cargo capacity, promising operating efficiencies for freight companies.
The director-general of KFIA, Yousef Al-Dhahri, said: “King Fahd International Airport is proud to present to Dammam, the Kingdom and the region this dynamic facility revolutionising the way cargo is handled in the region. KFIA’s Cargo Village offers ease of shipping and cargo services while serving as a regional hub for global companies. Most importantly the Cargo Village creates new economic and employment opportunities for the Eastern Province. With our continued partnership with Changi Airports International and their efforts, we are on track to becoming one of the region’s leading aviation hubs serving both passenger and cargo traffic. We anticipate that we will soon be starting the next phase as the demand for facilities is expected to grow strongly.”