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Tightening airport security
The Asia Pacific region's emerging
economies, rapid infrastructure
growth, and ourishing trade and
tourism have triggered a surge in
cargo volumes and passenger tra c.
e increase in the number of
passengers brings increased threats and makes airport
security requirements a top priority, necessitating the
development of infrastructure upgrade plans at the
facilities, which are improving their security systems to
comply with new government regulations and thwart
any terrorist threats in the region.
According to Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defence
Asia-Paci c consultant Amartya De, terrorist threats
combined with increased air tra c are driving increased
aviation security spending in the region. De says overall
homeland security spending across the region is
projected to hit US$30 billion by the year 2014, through
spending patterns will vary from country to country.
"In terms of investment, the key factors that need
to be looked at include the country's economic
condition, infrastructure and skilled manpower through
understanding the evolving security threats" globally,
regionally and nationally, De says.
Frost &Sullivan estimates that the Asia-Pacific
airport security market accounts for 12 percent of total
homeland security spending in the region. e company
projects that the airport security market will grow from
US$5.21 billion in 2008 to US$9.23 billion in 2015.
e three main segments of the market are: airport
screening, sur veillance and access control. e screening
segment is estimated to have the largest share of the
overall Asia-Paci c airport security market, followed by
access control and sur veillance.
"Stringent government regulations, growth of new
technology, airport expansion plans and increasing
terrorist threats are driving" the airport security market,
De says. He notes that new technologies like IP-based
sur veillance and biometric identi cation is being used
in the region.
Integration of the different systems in different
operational areas is considered a key challenge.
ere has been signi cant development in airport
infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region, with the
expected opening of many new airports and expansion
of others. ese developments come with the need to
adopt more up-to -date security systems.
"China and India together have planned to develop
and construct at least 93 new airports, in an e ort to
cater for the fast-growing air tra c demand in the two
countries," De says.
Some of the key markets for airport security growth
are: Singapore, ailand, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia,
Indonesia and India. Development and expansion
of airports have been carried out aggressively across
the Asia-Paci c region, especially in ailand, China,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and the Philippines.
Prominent projects include massive upgrades at Changi
Airport in Singapore and the Diosdado Macapagal
International Airport in Clark, the Philippines.
Australia has plans to build new terminals at ve
of their international airports, with total estimated
expenditure of US$6.1 billion from 2009 through to
2015. Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart Airports have
already started work. Airport security spending in
Australia is expected to reach US$640.2 million by
2015, and by which time spending in Singapore will
reach US$298 million.
Vietnam is also looking to develop at least three new
international airports and expand seven of its existing
terminals from 2011 through to 2020. Vietnam has
ambitious plans to become an air tra c hub in South-
Japan and South Korea are spending US$9 billion
in the same period to expand capacity at three major
airports. Incheon International Airport has developed
itself as one of the busiest airports in the region and
has plans to build an airport city, establishing itself as
a major business centre. Spending on airport security is
projected to hit US$518.4 million.
HKIA Master Plan
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has a ve-
year development plan and a 20-year plan which is
renewed every ve years. e facility's Master Plan 2025
includes long-term expansion projects to accommodate
increases in airport passenger and cargo volumes.
Security spending will total about US$470.5 million.
Thailand has also firmed up its own airport-
development plans, although, to date, only Phuket
International Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport in
Bangkok have been identi ed as targets for development.
Security spending is estimated to total about US$411.3
Malaysia is trying to project itself as an aviation hub
for low-cost carriers (LCCs). A new, dedicated LCC
terminal is currently under construction at Kuala
Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), and security
spending will be about US$180.6 million.
De says many foreign companies have attempted to
enter these markets through partnerships with regional
rms, but, with more than 150 competitors in the
market, pro t margins have been reduced drastically.
He adds that companies should provide value added
ser vices like training and support to stay competitive in
the market. n
Airports across the region are being forced to increase spending on airport security in response to the threat of
terrorism and increasing travel demand, William Dennis.
Airports across the Asia-Pacific region are increasing spending on airport security.
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