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A consortium of Malaysia Airports Holdings
(MAHB) and Indian infrastructure group
GMR has won the contract to build, operate,
modernise and expand Male International
Airport (MIA) in the Maldives.
GMR-MAHB beat competing bids from a
French-Turkish consortium, including Aeroports
de Paris, and a partnership of Zurich Airport
and GVK. MIA, situated on Huhule Island, is
the main airport for the Maldives, and includes
a seaplane port. GMR-MAHB has won a 25-
year concession to operate the airport.
The facility becomes MAHB's fourth
airport outside of Malaysia, alongside Rajiv
Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad,
Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi
and Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen International
Airport. The company manages 39 airports in
In moves to further expand the company's
international operations, MAHB subsidiary
MACS has signed a memorandum of
understanding with investment group
Nagamas International to establish a joint
venture providing airport operations,
management and consultancy services to
China's Yongzhou Lingling Airport and other
airports in China.
Nagamas has signed a preliminary
agreement with Yongzhou City People's
Government for the Yongzhou International
Multi-Trade Project, which includes
management of the airport.
Meanwhile, MAHB has appointed UEMC-
Bina Puri as the main contractor for Kuala
Lumpur International Airport's low-cost carrier
terminal and plans a note offering to finance
the project, which is due to be completed in
2012. -- Emma Kelly
Power and water supply problems have
marred the opening of the new Terminal 3
of New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International
International flights have transferred to the
new facility as of the end of July. However,
domestic services will not operate from the
terminal until the end of September at the
earliest, as a result of the problems.
The terminal was inaugurated on 3 July,
followed by successful route-proving flights
in mid-month, with the first flights performed
by an Air India Boeing 777 and an Emirates
Airbus A380. International operations
successfully transferred from Terminal 2 to 3
on 28 July.
Domestic services were supposed to follow
at the end of August, but an erratic power
supply affecting the terminal's baggage-
handling and security equipment forced the
postponement, the Civil Aviation Ministry says.
A new electricity sub-station is not due
to come on line until mid-September.
Furthermore, road connections have not
been completed and a new metro line is not
ready. The situation will be reviewed in mid-
September, the ministry says.
Terminal 3 is an integrated passenger
terminal complex capable of handling 37
million passengers a year. It is the country's
largest airport terminal and is set to cater for
substantial traffic growth due to the 2010
Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in
October. -- Emma Kelly
New Delhi T3 opening hit by problems
NEWS IN BRIEF
HANJIN GROUP, parent of Korean Air, has opened
a new cargo terminal at Uzbekistan's Navoi
International Airport, which the group manages in
conjunction with the Uzbekistan Government. The
terminal is capable of handling 100,000t of cargo
per annum, with plans to increase this to 500,000t.
The terminal is based on Korean Air's cargo
terminals at Korea's Incheon International Airport.
AIRSERVICES AUSTRALIA has started work on a new
A$16.9 million (US$15 million) air traffic control
(ATC) tower for Adelaide Airport. The tower is set
to be one of the first in the country equipped with
the latest-generation electronic ATC technology. It
will feature customisable touch screens to provide
information to controllers, with the display system
integrating flight and operational data, surveillance
and voice communications. The tower is expected
to be completed by late 2011, to be followed by a
three-month commissioning period.
Malaysia Airports consortium wins Male International deal
Passenger traffic at Australia's Melbourne
Airport is booming, thanks largely to rising
Asian traffic. The airport in the state of Victoria
experienced 6 percent growth in passenger
numbers in the full business year 2009/10, to
26.3 million, including 10 percent growth in the
The growth was thanks to a 13 percent rise
in international traffic, with the key growth
markets being Indonesia (up 36 percent) along
with Malaysia (26 percent), China (14 percent)
and India (10 percent). Domestic traffic for the
year grew by 1 million passengers, or 4 percent.
The new financial year has also started well
for the airport, with a record traffic month in
July -- 13.4 percent up on the same month a
year earlier. The number of Chinese passengers
was up 45 percent, with a 77 percent
increase in Japanese travellers and 30 percent
more passengers from Indonesia. Malaysian
passenger numbers rose 29 percent and 39
percent more travellers from Singapore passed
through Melbourne, the airport says.
July saw a number of carriers increase their
Asian operations to and from the airport, with
AirAsia X doubling its daily services to Kuala
Lumpur, for example. Asian connections are
set to grow further, with Air India adding daily
services to Delhi in November; Jetstar planning
daily services to Singapore from December; and
China Southern Airlines and Air China set to
increase their Melbourne services in November.
-- Emma Kelly
Asian traffic drives Melbourne's growth AirAsia X doubled its daily service between
Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne in July.
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