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India opens ultra-modern airport terminal

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

 India inaugurated a multi-billion-dollar airport terminal in New Delhi on Saturday — a shiny glass-and-steel symbol of the country’s aspirations as an emerging global power.

The state-of-the-art hub, which cost nearly three billion dollars and can handle 34 million passengers a year, was showcased at a special ceremony by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ahead of its mid-July public opening.

The airport, which will handle international and domestic travellers, was built in a record 37 months, with similar projects abroad taking more than 60 months, officials said.

“This airport terminal establishes new global benchmarks,” Singh said.

“It also highlights our country’s resolve to bridge the infrastructure deficiencies in our country.”

India inaugurated a multi-billion-dollar airport terminal in New Delhi on Saturday — a shiny glass and steel symbol of the country’s aspirations as an emerging global power.

The premier said the project was an “outstanding example” of public-private partnership — seen as the most viable financial model for India to execute big infrastructure projects as it eases the burden on government finances.

Built in time for New Delhi’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in October, the terminal sprawls over four square kilometres (1.5 square miles) and boasts more than 90 automated walkways and 78 aerobridges.

“This is a demonstration of what India is truly capable,” Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said at the inauguration ceremony at Indira Gandhi International Airport, which was also attended by ruling Congress party president Sonia Gandhi.

The facility, built by a workforce of 40,000, is India’s third world-class airport after Hyderabad and Bangalore but dwarfs both.

It is the largest public building constructed in India since the country’s independence from Britain in 1947, according to the consortium that built it.

“It’s an advertisement of India’s ability to create world-class infrastructure,” economist D.H. Pai Panandiker, who heads the RPG Goenka Foundation in New Delhi, an economic thinktank, told AFP.

As Asia’s third-largest economy after China and Japan, India urgently needs to upgrade its dilapidated transport infrastructure, including ports and roads, which is seen as a major hurdle to accelerating economic expansion.

“Overcoming our infrastructure handicaps will remove some of the major handicaps to faster growth,” said Panandiker.

Construction of the terminal comes as India’s congested airport facilities are under increasing strain as travel demand surges in the world’s second most populous nation of 1.2 billion people.

The new terminal is part of government efforts to upgrade airports around the country, the ninth largest aviation market in the world.

The government expects an annual 10 percent increase in domestic air passengers to 180 million by 2020 while international traffic could top 50 million in another decade.

Mumbai, India’s financial capital, is set to get a new terminal by 2012.

India’s fast-growing aviation sector could draw up to 120 billion dollars in investment by the year 2020, the government says.

The new terminal was built by a consortium headed by south India-based GMR Group that included the Airports Authority of India, Germany’s Fraport and Malaysian Airports Holdings.

“This terminal shows the world that ‘Yes, we can’,” said GMR chairman G.M. Rao.

Source: SGGP

Cam Ranh airport starts international flights

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Cam Ranh airport starts international flights

QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)

More than 1,400 visitors from the Republic of Korea will land at Cam Ranh International airport in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa between July 24 and August 24 for a three-day visit to the area.

According to the Vietnam Airlines office in Nha Trang, this will be the first time Vietnam Airlines will have flown tourists from Seoul’s Incheon airport to Cam Ranh.

The provincial Khanh Hoa authorities met on June 24 to discuss the preparations for the launch of the international service to Cam Ranh airport.

They will also meet with representatives of international carriers in Vietnam as well as domestic and overseas tour operators and accommodation providers to discuss the new service.

According to the Khanh Hoa Tourism Association, many three to five-star hotels in Nha Trang have agreed to offer a 30-50 percent discount on rooms for visitors arriving on international flights in the next year.

Source: VNA

Photo: TT

Source: QDND

Can Tho airport to receive larger aircraft

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Can Tho airport to receive larger aircraft

QĐND – Monday, June 07, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The Can Tho airport in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho will be capable of taking in jumbo jets when a project to upgrade the airport is finished at the end of this year.

According to the airport’s authority, 94 percent of the project has been completed and builders are putting final touch to their last work.

Once completed, the airport is expected to handle between 2-3 million passengers every year.

Source: VNA

Photo: baovietnam

Source: QDND

US course arms airport staff against wildlife trafficking

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

US course arms airport staff against wildlife trafficking

QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:13 (GMT+7)

A training course on wildlife trafficking prevention was held on June 1 for staff at Noi Bai International Airport with the funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

During the workshop, 70 airport personnel including check-in counter attendants, baggage handlers, customs officers, immigration staff and security officials, were provided with the latest developments of the illegal wildlife trade in the world and its impacts.

They also studied the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, relevant national legislation, smuggling techniques, species identification and the handling of confiscations.

This was the eighth training course of its kind in Southeast Asia. The courses have been held for more than 1,100 participants throughout the region, most recently at SuvarnabhumiInternationalAirport in Bangkok, Thailand and the Kuala LumpurInternationalAirport in Malaysia.

The course has been built for airports around the world and particularly those in Southeast Asia since they have been found to become common points of transit for the illegally smuggled animals.

“It’s time to put a stop to criminals using our airports to smuggle protected and endangered species,” said Nguyen Ngoc Binh, Deputy Director General of Vietnam’s Directorate of Forestry.

Illegal wildlife trafficking within Vietnam has continuously been on the rise with criminals getting more cunning and professional, making it hard for authoritative agencies to detect and control, said an official from the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.

The centre on May 31 handed over a rare leopard with the scientific name of panthera pardus to the CatTienNational Park in Dong Nai province.

The female leopard was rescued two years ago from illegal captivity. It will lated be released to the jungle.

The Cu Chi Rescue Centre has since 2006 saved 2,000 individuals of 39 species, many of which are invaluable, rare species listed in the red book.

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

International airport plan for Hai Phong

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

International airport plan for Hai Phong

QĐND – Saturday, May 15, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked the Ministry of Transport to submit a proposal by the end of this year for construction of a new international airport in the northern city of Hai Phong’s Tien Lang District.

He issued the order during a working trip to the city to inspect progress on a project to improve the city’s port system.

The order deviates from earlier plans to upgrade Cat Bi Airport in Hai Phong. However, the Viet Nam Civil Aviation Authority has determined that Cat Bi located too close to the city centre to allow for future urban development.

Therefore, the Government shifted planning towards building a new international airport while continue with plans to upgrade Cat Bi Airport.

To date, the Ministry of Transport has completed an initial feasibility assessment on the proposed Tien Lang International Airport, which would be located outside of the sea dyke of Tien Lang District, a site with large land area, low population density, and advantages in terms of terrain, climate conditions and convenient transport connections.

The airport, which would be designed to receive 60-80 million passengers per year, would also be able to accommodate overflow from Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi which could become overload in the future.

The proposed site would be an area of 9km by 6-7km, totalling 5,900ha. It would be about 20km from the city center and encompass parts of the communes of Vinh Quang, Tien Lang, Dong Hung and Tay Hung.

During his visit to Hai Phong, Hai also called at the Hai Phong Port Co. In a meeting with the company management, Hai also said that the demand for shipping was expected to increase sharply in the context of the economic recovery, making it necessary to quickly upgrade infrastructure.

Source: VietnamNet/Viet Nam News

Source: QDND

Empty planes evacuated from besieged Thai airport

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Bangkok (VNA) – The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) let some planes leave the main Suvarnabhumi airport on November 30 to pick up stranded tourists from other airports after agreeing to a request by Thai authorities, according to news agencies.

A total of 88 aircraft have been stranded at Suvarnabhumi international airport since demonstrators stormed the terminal and forced it to close on November 25.

An Airports of Thailand spokeswoman was quoted as saying that 37 aircraft have left Suvarnabhumi since the first aircraft of Siam GA (a regional airline) took off in the evening of November 30.

The PAD protest movement has refused to leave the airport, and the smaller Don Mueang domestic hub in Bangkok which it has occupied since November 27, until the government resigns.

Thai police on November 30 ordered the thousands of protesters to end the siege of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, warning that offenders would be jailed or fined.-

Thai anti-gov’t protesters block road to int’l airport

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The anti-government PAD’s latest protests has turned violent as thousands of protesters blocked the entrance to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport in preparations for a protest of the returning home of Thai PM Somchai Wongsawat from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Peru.

People’s Alliance for Democracy protesters were expected to spend the night as PM Somchai’s plane has been delayed and would not arrive until night of November 26, according to Thailand news agency (TNA).

The flight, which PM Somchai is on, will land at another airport outside Bangkok instead of Suvarnabhumi to avoid confrontation with protesters, government spokesman Nattawut Saikua was cited by TNA as saying.

On November 25 night, civil aviation authorities in the Thai capital closed Suvarnabhumi Airport after hundreds of anti-government protesters broke through police lines and flowed into the busy terminal, disrupting airport operations, in an attempt to stop PM Somchai from returning to the country.

Acting Airports of Thailand (AoT) president and Acting Suvarnabhumi Airport Director Serirat Prasutanont announced shortly after 9pm that the airport cancelled all departing flights.

For the time being incoming flights are still arriving, but airport operations have been greatly disrupted.

The airport chief said in a statement that airport authorities had tried to negotiate with the protesters.

Flights out of the airport have to be cancelled temporarily for the safety of passengers, until the situation returned to normal, said Director Serirat.-

PM launches Phu Quoc island airport project

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 1:44 pm

– Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended a ground-breaking ceremony for an international airport project on the Phu Quoc island district in the southern province of Kien Giang on November 23 to make the resort island a national tourist and commercial hub.

Once completed in 2012, the Phu Quoc international airport is expected to meet the 4E category of the International Civil Aviation Organisation to ensure the landing of modern aircraft such as B777 and B747-700 and a limited number of the current largest planes such as A380-800.

The 16.2 trillion VND project will cover over 905 ha of land to welcome 20 planes at the peak hours and 7 million passengers a year. The first phase from now till 2020 will take in half of the total investment that will come from the Southern Airports Corporation.

At the ground-breaking ceremony, PM Dung emphasised the importance of the project as a springboard of development for not only the island district of Phu Quoc but also the entire nation.

He called on other relevant agencies to work closely with the Kien Giang administration in upgrading the infrastructure system systematically, emphasizing the north-south transport highway, the island belt road and connection roads.

Only by so doing, should we turn Phu Quoc island district into a national mecca of tourism, services and commerce, concluded the Government leader.–

Vietnam aviation sector targets airport expansion

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese aviation sector is embarking on a plan to develop a network of 26 airports, including 10 international ones, by 2020.

The plan, which includes expanding existing airports and building new ones, is to cost 221.5 trillion VND, according to an aviation transport development scheme drawn up by the Ministry of Communications and Transport.

According to Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) Chief Pham Quy Tieu, the Government has given the nod to an expansion plan proposed by Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi .

Under the approved plan, a new terminal will be built at Noi Bai, which will help the airport to receive up to 50 million passengers a year by 2020, a huge increase on the estimated 8 million passengers who will use the airport this year.

The CAAV is considering the enlargement of Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh City to enable it to provide facilities and space for around 70 planes to land by 2015, the CAAV chief said.

It is expected that once the enlargement scheme is completed, Tan Son Nhat airport will be able to handle 23.5 million passengers and 600,000 tonnes of cargo a year.

According to the aviation transport development scheme, the country’s largest airport, Long Thanh international airport will be built in Ho Chi Minh City ’s neighbouring Dong Nai province, with the facilities to provide services to 100 million passengers a year.

Several small airports are currently being upgraded to substitute for Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports if needed, including Da Nang airport in the central city of Da Nang and Cat Bi airport in the northern city of Hai Phong.

Chu Lai airport in the central province of Quang Nam will get 11 trillion VND to build a new passenger terminal with the aim of enabling the airport to cater for 2.2 million passengers by 2015.

Lien Khuong airport in the central highlands province of Lam Dong is being also upgraded so it can serve 943,000 passengers a year by 2015. A new airport to serve planes providing short and medium-range flights is under construction in Phu Quoc island, Kien Giang province. The Phu Quoc airport is expected to welcome 2 million passengers a year.

Rach Gia airport, which is also in Kien Giang province, is set to be expanded to receive 300,000 passengers a year by 2015.

A terminal designed to serve 3 million passengers a year at Can Tho international airport in the Mekong delta city of Can Tho is expected to become operational in May 2010.

There are currently 20 airports in Vietnam , including five international airports which provide services for an estimated 30 million passengers a year, according to the CAAV.-

Mekong airport well under way

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2008 at 9:41 am

Can Tho (VNA) – Can Tho International Airport will be put into operation by the end of this year in order to develop the local economy and benefit the people of the Mekong Delta.

Airport officials said it costs over 2.5 billion VND (151 million USD) to build the facility which has a total area of over 400ha. Construction of the terminal with a capacity of 2 million passengers began in March.

The initial stages of construction of the runways and landing areas are nearly completed.

Additionally, a team of flight attendants has already been hired to service the flights into the new airport.

At the current rate of progress, the Can Tho International Airport can begin serving domestic flights on Airbus 320, Airbus 321, Boeing 737 planes by the end of this year, said Pham Manh Khien, Director of Can Tho province Airport.

He added that the Can Tho City People’s Committee was already-cooperating with relevant agencies on electricity, water supply and telecommunications in order to install underground electric cables, water pipelines and information networks for the airport.

The airport is currently in the process of completing the legal procedures necessary such as registration and flight regulations so that the airport can be opened on schedule.-