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metre sub-concourse building, 28 aircraft parking
bays, an aircraft parking yard and a tunnel extension
and passenger transportation system; extending
the existing passenger terminal at the east side, in
addition to construction of an airline office building
and parking. Construction is due to start in the
middle of 2015 and be ready for service in 2017.
Meanwhile, the Vietnam Airport Corporation is
building new airports and upgrading existing ones.
Phu Quoc International Airport, on an island near
Cambodia in Kien Giang Province, was opened at
the end of last year. The 24,325sq metre facility is
capable of handling 2.65 million passengers annually.
A second new airport, Long Thanh International
Airport, outside Ho Chi Minh, is due for completion
in 2020. It will have an initial capacity of 25 million.
Once it is opened, the existing Tan Son Nhat Airport
will be used for domestic traffic.
Meanwhile, Cat Bi International Airport, in the
north of the country, is being upgraded for larger
international aircraft. A new passenger terminal, with
a capacity for up to five million passengers is planned.
Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport is
undergoing a US$300 million redevelopment of
its Terminal 1 to allow it to increase its passenger
capacity from 12 million to 15 million per annum and
increase the airport's total capacity to 32 million. Last
year the airport handled 28 million passengers.
Longer-term, work on the new Terminal 3 is
scheduled to begin in late 2014, with completion set
for 2018. The new terminal will push overall capacity
to 75 million per annum.
Further south, airports throughout Australia are busy
with new terminals and runways on the drawing
board or under construction.
Australia's largest airport, Sydney Airport is
proposing a major redesign which will see the existing
domestic and international terminals integrated into
two airline alliance-based precincts combining
international, domestic and regional services under
one roof by 2019.
The "New Vision" concept is designed to make
better use of the airport's facilities, boost aircraft
gates/parking, support future terminal expansion and
also has the potential to improve traffic flow around
the airport, it says.
Sydney Airport has been conducting extensive
stakeholder consultation on the proposal during the
last year and will submit a new master plan to the
government in December.
Meanwhile, the government is looking at
accelerating investment in Sydney Kingsford Smith
Airport and opening Royal Australian Air Force
bases, at Richmond for example, to civil traffic in
order to meet near-term capacity requirements in the
Sydney region. Long-term capacity needs can only
be met through the development of a new airport for
the region, it believes, with Badgerys Creek, 50km
west of the central business district, discounted by
the Federal Government, despite the Joint Study on
Aviation Capacity in the Sydney Region, published
last year, concluding that it is the best site. Wilton
in the southwest, 80km from the CBD, which the
report concluded was the second best site, is being
explored by the government. The NSW Government,
meanwhile, is not in favour of the development of a
second airport anywhere in the Sydney basin and
instead proposes the development of a high-speed
rail link to Canberra and the continued development
of the nation's capital airport to meet the capacity
needs of the wider Sydney region.
Even if Sydney Airport's redesign goes ahead
that would not be enough to meet demand in the
medium and long-term, according to the Joint Study.
By 2035, the airport would need to handle more than
76 million passenger movements -- compared with
35.6 million passengers in 2011 -- and 460,000
aircraft movements a year.
The development of a new airport is the only long-
term solution, the report concludes. A second airport
would be required from around 2030, which means
that governments need to decide on a location and
start investing in the next five years.
Sydney Airport says it has invested more than A$2
billion since 2002 and is committed to undertaking
further substantial investment to keep improving the
quality and capacity of the airport. At the end of last
year, for example, the airport opened a new 4,500sq
metre extension of the T2 terminal, including five new
wide-body gates and providing 28% more capacity.
The future is clearer for other airports in the
country. Melbourne, for example, expects to handle
40 million passengers by the end of the decade,
which will require a third runway. A new 3km, east-
west runway is being proposed, to be operational
from 2018-22. The runway proposal will be included
in the airport's new masterplan, the draft of which is
due for publication in March.
In the meantime, a A$33 million Foxtrot infill
project, designed to increase capacity on the
airport's apron for an additional six aircraft is under
way. The project is due for completion late this year.
Terminal forecourt redevelopment is also ongoing,
to improve ground transport access, while T3 has
undergone a refurbishment.
Work started last August at Brisbane Airport on
the A$1.3 billion new parallel runway (NPR) project.
The NPR is due to be operational in late 2020. The
3,300m long runway will be located 2km west of
the existing main runway. More than 21.5 million
passengers used Brisbane Airport in 2012, with
passenger numbers expected to rise to around 25.3
million in 2014/15 and 50 million by 2035.
The development of a new airport for Sydney is the only long-term solution.
Changi Airport plans to continue to invest in infrastructure at the airport in order to
keep pace with future growth and provide passengers with a first class experience.
CHANGI AIRPORT INTERNATIONAL
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