Monday, October 9, 2017

SITA and Hamad continue co-operation on seamless travel

Jane's Airport Review
Ben Vogel

Neelam Mathews
SITA and Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to trial passenger identity management systems across all prime service points, using biometric sensors.
SITA will supply and commission 62 common-use self-service (CUSS) check-in kiosks with an.......JanesAirports

Indian police announces UAV requirements

Neelam Mathews

8th October 2017
Addressing border incursions in northern India and an ongoing conflict with home-grown Naxal insurgents in eastern and central areas, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), ... more on Shephardmedia

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