Friday, September 22, 2017

AAI sticks to its plan

Neelam Mathews

Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra speaks exclusively to Jane’s about a new strategic direction for the AAI

As air traffic grows exponentially with the rise of budget carriers, and new opportunities emerge for industry, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is implementing a Corporate Plan for the next decade (2017 to 2026).
AAI manages 125 airports, including 21 with international traffic. After years of slow gestation, the Corporate Plan will guide the AAI to deliver the Civil Aviation Policy, including the Regional Connectivity Scheme for developing second-tier regional and remote airports. The AAI plan also places emphasis on ..........Read more in Jane's
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Also at Delhi, the consultancy division of UK air navigation service provider ..... Read more in Jane's

Vietnam puts itself in the shop window

21 September 2017

The government of Vietnam has reaffirmed its intention to sell a 20% stake in Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) in 2018, followed by a further 10.4% divestment in 2020.
By then, traffic through Vietnamese airports will exceed 100 million including 82 million domestic passengers, investment management firm VinaCapital calculates.
In August 2017, the government included ACV in a list of 406 state-owned enterprises to be partially or fully divested by 2020.
ADP Group (formerly AĆ©roports de Paris) is expected to......Read more in JAR....

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Future of India- Girls in Aviation-A thank You

Neelam Mathews
Sept 21, 2017

A recent visit to Jaipur Airport as part of  Girls in Aviation Day rather well organised by the WAI India chapter, made me think.
We 'older guys' or 'seniors'  as we are often referred to- by the way hate the reference-not because I'm not one, but because it gives a connotation that we know it all. Yet, do we?
All our events are to give 'Gyan' or knowledge to the millennials but do we stop and think, we need to learn from them. Because if we do not, how can we market ideas or anything to them?
At Jaipur, we did it the other way round and the learning was immense. My sincere thanks to the smart disciplined girls and their teacher of Subhodh Public School that could teach us metro types a thing or two about how to queue, not to push, be disciplined and end up being at peace and yet reach their target. Girls, if you read this, the world is tough- but please don't change! And all the best in every job you take in future-you are winners.
To the ATCOs and CNS folks I salute you. And will try to be even more objective in my next story when I criticize you.  I saw how short staffed you are, multi-skilling working against time and yet no complaints. Frankly, I hope the powers that be are reading this and address this issue India wide.
To the HR in Jaipur Airport-Kudos! You have chosen well.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Regional tensions hit Korean retail operator

Neelam Mathews

South Korea-based Lotte Duty Free, which has stores in six airports, is feeling the effects of the ongoing North Korean nuclear crisis and a row between China and South Korea over deployment of a US-supplied missile defence system.
China has introduced restrictions on South Korean imports ......more in JAR

Friday, September 15, 2017

PPP to upgrade Yelizovo

Jane's Airport Review
Neelam Mathews

Russian airport management holding company Airports of Regions (AR) has won a USD120 million tender to modernise Yelizovo Airport in the Kamchatka Peninsula.
The project will be implemented as part of a public-private partnership (PPP). It includes construction of a 30,000 m2 terminal with annual capacity for 1 million passengers, and a 120-room hotel. The upgraded airport is scheduled to open in ....More in JAR 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Delhi obtains clearance to expand

Neelam Mathews

Sept 13,2017

The Indian environment ministry has approved a USD2.4 billion expansion plan for Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi, to be carried out by operator GMR Group.
The project will be carried out in three phases: 2016–20, 2021–25, and 2026–34.
GMR intends to invest USD1 billion over the next seven years at IGIA to double the capacity of the domestic Terminal 1, increase capacity in Terminal 3 for international traffic, lay down a new runway, and build a new terminal.

Asian appetite grows for performance-based navigation

Jane's Airport Review
Neelam Mathews

Budget carrier AirAsia is poised to become the first Malaysian airline to obtain operational certification from DCA Malaysia for Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required Approach (RNP AR APCH) flight paths.
The Malaysian programme includes GE Aviation-designed, ICAO Doc 9905-compliant RNP AR APCH paths, which allow the AirAsia A320 fleet to fly precisely defined paths without relying on ground-based radio navigation signals.
Kuching and ....Read more in Jane's Airports