Home' Asian Aviation : AAV March 2011. Contents Australia's Melbourne Airport enjoyed a record
year in 2010, with 27.7 million passengers
travelling through the airport -- up 10 percent
from a year earlier.
The increase in traffic comes as the airport
prepares to welcome its 26th operator -- Royal
Brunei Airlines -- and eyes potential new
services to China, India and Turkey.
During the year, international traffic grew
14 percent to 5.9 million passengers, with
particularly strong growth from the UK, Asia
and New Zealand markets. The airport is
expecting a similar traffic-growth rate this year,
says Carl Jones, airline business manager.
Royal Brunei Airlines will start services at
the end of March, while Air India will also
add Melbourne services at a date yet to be
determined. Air India in particular is a big win
for the airport, says Jones, with Melbourne
having a growing Indian community.
Melbourne also has a large Turkish community,
so it is keen to attract services operated by
Turkish Airlines, although that carrier is also in
talks with Sydney Airport.
Melbourne is under-served from some
markets, concedes Jones, pointing to Japan,
for example, with travellers currently having
to go via Sydney. The airport is in continuing
discussions with Japanese carriers and Qantas
and Jetstar on potential services to that country.
There are also opportunities in South Africa
-- following V Australia's decision to drop
its Johannesburg services after allying with
Etihad -- and South America. Melbourne has
an attractive operating environment (being
curfew-free), with a single terminal precinct,
high service quality and lower operating costs
than Sydney and Brisbane, says Jones.
The airport is also investing A$1 billion (US$1
billion) over the next two years on expansion
and upgrade work, having recently completed
a A$330 million upgrade that included five new
gates and aerobridges, expanded check-in and
a new retail precinct. -- Emma Kelly
The Changi Airport Group (CAG) has
announced plans to develop a new Air Cargo
Express (ACE) Hub at Singapore's Changi Airport
-- the first such facility in the region, according
to the company.
The ACE Hub, which will be located within
the airport's Free Trade Zone, is scheduled for
completion in the first half of next year. It will
further strengthen Changi's position as a key
centre for air-express companies and provide
them access to express cargo markets in South-
East Asia, South Asia and Oceania, says CAG.
Some 80,000 square metres of land has
been allocated for development of the ACE
Hub, which will have direct airside access to
allow unrestricted cargo flow to and from
aircraft. The new facility is expected to have a
gross floor area of 26,277 square metres.
CAG will invest more than S$25 million
(US$19.5 million) to construct new airside
infrastructure, including two new parking bays
that will allow the operator access to freighter
aircraft. A-REIT will build and develop the
facility, which will be operated by a leading
cargo carrier that already has major operations
in Singapore, says CAG.
CAG adds that the ACE Hub will significantly
enhance Changi's express cargo handling
capabilities and reinforce its leading position as
a key freight hub in the Asia-Pacific region.
The move follows strong cargo growth
at the airport, which has made Changi the
world's seventh-busiest airport in terms
of international freight traffic for the 12
months ended September 2010. Air-freight
movements for the first 11 months of 2010
were up 11.7 percent to 1.66 million tonnes.
-- Emma Kelly
Melbourne announces record year
Changi plans new air cargo express hub NEWS IN BRIEF
SHELL AVIATION has expanded its operations
to 12 airports across India. Shell MRPL Aviation
Fuels and Services (SMA), a joint venture
between Shell and Mangalore Refinery &
Petrochemicals, is now providing fuel to
operators at Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Calicut,
Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram,
Coimbatore and Mangalore airports, in addition
to the hubs at Bangalore and Hyderabad --
where the company has been providing service
since 2008. The aviation industry in India is
growing rapidly and Shell is keen to meet
the demand for improved fuel-delivery in the
country, the company says. Shell is now the only
multinational oil company with a government
license to market aviation fuels in India.
ARINC HAS deployed four new remote
ground stations to enhance the coverage of
its GLOBALink/VHF datalink network in South
Korea. Two new ground stations have been
deployed at Cheongju International and Yeosu
International airports. Two auxiliary ground
stations have also been deployed to enhance
existing coverage at Gimpo and Incheon
International airports, both of which serve the
capital, Seoul. The new ground stations will
support faster and more reliable operational
SITA HAS launched operational trials of its new
Aircom IP GateLink service for new-generation
aircraft at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
GateLink uses the airport's WiFi to connect into
ground networks. The technology is already
being used in trials at Sydney Airport and
London Heathrow. The trials in Paris are being
conducted in conjunction with Hub Telecom,
Aeroports de Paris and a major international
carrier that operates Airbus A380s. Meanwhile,
SITA is in partnership with Bluelon, the inventor
of Bluetooth-based tracking, to provide
sophisticated real-time passenger tracking and
queue management to airports.
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