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AFRICA
Tanzania: The country’s fourth international airport at Songwe near Mbeya (population almost 500,000) in the
Southern Highland, designed to handle aircraft up to B.737 size, will start operations in 2009. Prime Minister Mizengo
Pinda said the project falls in line with the Government’s aim of improving the efficiency and safety of air traffic throughout
the country. The airport would increase the national income and attract investors. Tanzania Breweries Ltd is one of the
companies seeking to invest in Mbeya. “The airport is not important for Mbeya region only, it is also important for Rukwa
where it will assist livestock keepers and neighbouring countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo which need the
airport for their businesses,” Pinda said. The airport, where work started in 2001 already, is constructed with OPEC Fund for
International Development assistance, which signed a loan agreement of US$ 4.62 million in 2005. Work that has been
carried out includes a 3300-m runway, a taxiway and parking apron. New arrival and departure buildings and a control
tower are also at an advanced stage of construction. Drainage structures, water supply and sewerage systems have been
installed. The Songwe Airport Project Manager, George Asulumenye, said that over US$ 20 million had been spent
on the project covering feasibility study, administration and construction. Mr Asulumwenye said that an extensive
baggage-handling system and up-to-date meteorology and communication equipment have also been installed. -- Comple-
tion of Songwe will bring the total of international airports in Tanzania to four, the others being Dar es-Salaam’s ‘Julius
Nyerere International Airport’, Kilimanjaro Airport, and Zanzibar International Airport.

Uganda: A US$ 25 million cargo hub planned by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the next phase of developing
Entebbe International Airport is generating a lot of interest. Two groups - one from South Africa and another from the
United Arab Emirates - have expressed interest in developing the project under a build, operate and transfer scheme. The
investors have responded to invitations from the CAA asking local and international businesses to further assess the finan-
cial viability of the project. The cargo centre is provided for under CAA’s 20-year master plan. It will have the capacity
to handle 500,000 tonnes of cargo per year according the designs, which have been completed. The handling capacity
is designed to meet anticipated growth in cargo volumes up to 2012. Existing cargo facilities are too small to meet present
and future volumes.
A South African company, Africon, has done the designs of the facility, which will occupy six acres at the airport.
The proposed cargo centre elements include construction of cargo buildings for perishable and dry cargo, a freight forward-
ers building, a Customs building, a truck off-loading area, a vehicle parking area and roads , and a cargo aircraft apron and
taxiways. It also involves construction of an access road to the cargo centre and the installation of support utilities like chill-
ers and cold storage facilities. Ambrose Akandonda, the CAA’s Managing Director, said cargo traffic at Entebbe had risen
from 20,000 tonnes nine years ago to 64,000 tonnes by 2007.

WESTERN ASIA
Iraq: Development is proceeding apace at Hawler International Airport, which is being developed at a cost of US$
300 million at Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, one of two international airports in Iraqi Kurdistan. A new termi-
nal, runway and ancillary buildings have recently been completed with assistance from the U.S. Army, and the airport has
placed a US$ 3.2 million contract with U.K.-based Park Air Systems, part of Northrop Grumman Corporation, to provide
high-tech navigation and ATC aids. Hawler - also known as Erbil Airport (EIA) - was built on the site of a former military
airfield and has cargo and passenger facilities. It is administered by the Kurdistan Regional Government under a special
committee of the Prime Minister. Zaid Zwain, the airport’s General Manager, says: “Passengers are taxied towards a mod-
ern, glass-fronted terminal building covering nearly 1500 m² where we have facilities including customs, security, a medical
centre, a serviced café, and an information point. The new terminal at EIA is just the beginning. I would say it is just 10% of
the final design. The Kurdistan Regional Government and the airport management have ambitious plans to expand. We
forecast that the future will bring huge increases in passenger numbers and cargo traffic, especially because Kurdistan is
developing into a commercial centre in Iraq and a tourist destination for the whole region.” -- The new terminal, capable of
handling 2.7 million passengers annually, has three levels, six boarding bridges, 32 gates (including two for the A380), 22
check-in counters, and a 36 m high ATC tower. A 4800-m by 90-m runway is nearly finished.

United Arab Emirates: Ras al-Khaimah (RAK) International Airport, which can currently handle one million passen-
gers a year, is being expanded and renovated to increase its capacity to handle more passengers and aircraft an-
nually. With the expansion, this capacity is expected to be increased by 500,000. In addition, the airfield lighting and cargo
area are being upgraded. A parallel taxiway is being built, and the apron expanded to accommodate a minimum of 20 air-
craft.

Yemen: The Government plans to invite bids for the management of two companies that will be set up to run Aden
Airport and its ground services, waive landing charges, and offer fuel discounts to some flights to capture some of the
fast- growing Middle East air travel market. The Government has spent more than US$ 40 million in state funds and money
provided by the World Bank and France to rehabilitate the airport, which was damaged in a 1994 civil war, but only a frac-
tion of its capacity is being used.

EUROPE
Albania: Work for the further modernization of Tirana International Airport started on 25 July 2008 with a ceremony
attended by Albania’s Prime Minister Prof. Dr Sali Berisha, high representatives of the Albanian government, and other
highly ranked invitees from foreign representations to the country and its business community. Phase B of the Airport
modernization will significantly increase its operational capacities, and will have as its centre piece the expansion
of the new passenger terminal. “We know that the development of an airport is inextricably linked with the development of
the region it is in. By turning the first sod in the terminal expansion, we are initiating the second milestone of the airport’s
growth. We are confident that both Tirana and the surrounding area will profit. On that note, we wish the airport and the
region continued prosperity,” said Dr Kalenda, Hochtief AirPort’s CEO and Chairman of the Tirana International Airport
consortium during the ceremony. Prime Minister Berisha evaluated the start of the works as a very important day not only
for the consortium that is managing the airport but also for the whole of Albania. “I want to express our thanks and our grati-
tude for the excellent work that you have done since April of the year 2005 until now. In record time, you have built a new
airport, which is among the most beautiful airports I have seen. On the other hand, you have brought a very appropriate and
cultivated service to the airport, while at the same time you have put in place the best security standards,” said Prof. Dr
Berisha.
The planned expansion of the passenger terminal is based on the fundamental concept of providing a single inte-
grated building with the ability to meet fully all passenger requirements, their segregation and processing with
maximum efficiency. The physical expansion of the terminal will include 14 additional check-in desks, baggage-handling
facilities, new entrances, three airline counters, three airside gates, and additional offices on the first floor. The expansion
will add 3943 m² with the height of the structure ranging from 7 m to 13.5 m. Construction of the new baggage-handling
facilities covers 890 m². This leads to a total size of the expansion of 4833 m². The volume of the building will be 40,000 m³.

France: Bordeaux Airport has issued a request for applications for retail concessions in Terminal A and its new
low-cost terminal, due to open at the end of 2009. In Terminal A, a 166-m² airside multi-category outlet offering duty-free
and duty-paid fragrances, liquor and tobacco products and a 79-m² landside outlet offering fragrances, cosmetics and fash-
ion accessories will be available from 1 January 2009. The airport is also looking for an operator to set up and run the
entire airside commercial area which will span 700 m² of the future low-cost terminal. French retailer Aelia currently
operates the duty-free outlets at Terminal A. -- Bordeaux Airport handled 3.5 million passengers in 2007 and registered a
16.5% increase in international passenger traffic.

Denmark: Copenhagen Airports A/S has been informed of a project by two former employees planning to con-
struct a terminal targeting low-cost airlines in CPH’s eastern section. The plans are fully consistent with activities al-
ready launched by the airport company: “The introduction of low-cost facilities is an excellent idea. In the past six months,
we have explored the possibilities of establishing low-cost facilities. For this purpose, we have engaged a consultant spe-
cialized in low-cost airlines. Our studies are aimed both at establishing the right facilities for all of our airline customers and
for cargo. We have set very ambitious goals for the facilities to meet the low-cost airlines’ requirements for lower costs and
efficient passenger facilities. I only heard about the project today, and I will now explore all possibilities of offering the air-
lines even more attractive solutions,” said Brian Petersen, President & CEO of Copenhagen Airports A/S.

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Brazil: Infraero, the country’s airport authority, will spend BRR 3.9 billion (US$ 2.5 billion) to prepare the country’s
most important airports in time for the 2014 Soccer World Cup. The funds will be used to expand and modernize air-
ports like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasilia among others by the end of 2010. The announcement came less than a
week after aviation experts warned that Brazil lacks the airport infrastructure to accommodate the influx of visitors expected
during World Cup. Adalberto Febeliano, Executive Vice President of the Brazilian Association of General Aviation, had said
that the country’s airport system handles 4 million passengers a month and that the total was expected to double
during the World Cup. He said Brazil would need to start upgrading its airports as soon as possible to be able to handle
that much traffic six years from now. Febeliano said the most critical situation is in São Paulo, South America’s biggest city
and a major hub for international flights. Brazil’s capital - Brasilia - also has problems, as does Rio de Janeiro, which could
host the final.
The Infraero statement said work had already begun at some airports like Rio de Janeiro, where one terminal is being
renovated. In São Paulo, a new terminal is planned. Infraero said it is analyzing the needs of all of the country’s 67 airports,
but giving priority to the airports of the 18 cities bidding to host World Cup games. Experts say aviation problems in Brazil
stem from chronic underspending on radar, runways and other infrastructure to meet increased demand. Safety upgrades,
backup systems, and even training for air traffic controllers have been delayed for years despite exponential growth in
flights serving South America’s robust economies. -- A crash that killed 199 people in 2007, combined with radar failures
and other problems, created an air chaos that prompted mass cancellations and delays lasting several days across Brazil.
Several thousand passengers were stranded at airports and ticket-counter revolts were routine.

St Vincent & the Grenadines: In a move that promises to make the Caribbean island state more accessible to travel-
lers the world over, Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves and the International Airport Development Company (IADC) - the
state-owned entity that will manage the airport - presided over a hillside ceremony in mid-July 2008 to mark the start of
construction on the country’s first-ever international airport. Construction is slated to begin in August. Set to replace
the current ‘E.T. Joshua Airport’ by late 2011, the Argyle International Airport - named for the coastal area on St Vincent
that it will occupy - will effectively open up the 32-island nation to non-stop flights from key U.S. and Canadian gateways,
Latin America, and such international capitals as London, generating jobs and spurring investment in tourism, the commer-
cial and agricultural sectors. The US$ 217 million project is the largest, most expensive venture in the country’s history. With
375 acres of land to be developed on the eastern coast of St Vincent, the facility will feature a 9000-ft runway, able to ac-
commodate Boeing 747-400, 737, and 767, Airbus 300 and 320, as well as MD80 aircraft. In addition, a modern, well-
conceived 53 820-ft² terminal will give St Vincent & the Grenadines the ability to cope with future expansion.

NORTH AMERICA
Canada: More than CAD 12 billion (US$ 11.5 billion) worth in upgrades have been budgeted at major airports
across Canada so they can handle millions of extra passengers.
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) - Airport development programme worth CAD 4.4 billion, 10-year construc-
tion plan completed in 2007 - new Terminal 1, expanded Terminal 3, new runway and new firehalls
Calgary International Airport (YYC) - CAD 3 billion by 2018, includes international transborder concourse, which will add
20 new gates and associated aircraft apron; expansions to the transborder baggage facility and Canadian Inspection Ser-
vices area; more surface parking and 2,000-stall addition to car parkade; fourth runway, 4,267 metres
Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (Montreal) (YUL) - CAD 1.5 billion spent since 2000 in relocations of service
hangars and reconfiguration of road network, construction of new transborder departures hall to be completed in 2009, new
Marriott hotel to open in fall of 2008
Edmonton International Airport (YEG) - CAD 1.1 billion by 2012 for new passenger concourse, 13 new aircraft parking
stands
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) - CAD 1-billion-plus programme includes international terminal expansion and
upgrades, new building linking domestic and international terminals and new Canada Line rapid transit service
Winnipeg International Airport (YWG) - CAD 585 million, 51,000-m² terminal under construction. To open in 2010 with
boarding/departure gates increasing from nine to 15
Victoria International Airport (YYJ) - CAD 133 million capital budget between 2005 and 2025
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport () - Expansion Phase 2 by late 2008, budgeted at CAD 111 million, in-
cludes addition to parking garage, construction of major addition to new passenger terminal building. Phase 3 sometime
after 2017
Regina International Airport (YQR) - CAD 100 million over the next 20 years
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) - Midway through 10-year, CAD 97.5-million capital improvement plan for
new terminal facilities, restored runways, parking and passenger amenities.
Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE) - CAD 70 million between 2009 and 2018 for runway recon-
struction, terminal renovations and expansion
St. John's International Airport (YYT) - Five-year, CAD 65-million capital programme beginning in spring 2009 to include
terminal building expansion, new and renovated operations buildings, rehabilitation and resurfacing of secondary runway,
and fleet replacement

U.S.A.: St. Louis-Lambert International Airport officially kicked off the Airport Experience renovation programme
announcing the first projects underway totalling US$ 16.9 million in improvements in addition to a US$ 16 million
upgrade of Lambert's restaurants and bars as part of a separate campaign. During the kickoff event, Airport Director Rich-
ard Hrabko detailed Lambert's commitment to improve the facilities and create a better passenger experience. The Airport
Experience is a multi-phase programme to modernize and upgrade the Main Terminal and concourses. The first Airport
Experience project, started in July 2008, was the interior restoration of Lambert's four historic domes. A complete replace-
ment of Lambert's Main Terminal in-bound baggage system is scheduled to begin in early 2009. That project will include all
new carousels and oversize luggage retrieval systems. The third project, also set for early 2009, is the makeover of Lam-
bert's roadway signage program. This "Wayfinding" project involves creation of a master plan for all signs and the installa-
tion of all new messaging to help travelers and airport users better navigate to and from Lambert.
Lambert is also moving forward on the next stage for other projects that are part of Airport Experience Programme. Archi-
tectural, engineering and other design work will now proceed for renovations to the Main Terminal Ticketing Hall, lower level
and concourses. Designers are tasked with finding the most economical ways to improve ticketing operations, security
checkpoints and restrooms, while upgrading flooring, ceiling and wall coverings to improve the overall experience for airport
users. Scheduling of these projects will not be determined only after the design phase is completed.

ASIA-PACIFIC
Sri Lanka: The Ministry of Ports & Aviation has stopped work on a controversial new international airport in the
island's south and decided to shift it to a new location. The Ministry said in a statement that the decision was taken
after protests from farmers at the original site in Weerawila, in the Hambantota district, and owing to numerous environ-
mental problems. Ports & Aviation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa has asked the Airports & Aviation Services Authority
to make arrangements to shift the planned second international airport to a new site in Mattala in the same district.
Plans to build the airport in Weerawila drew protests from farmers as well as environmentalists who said it as too close to
the Bundala bird sanctuary on the south coast. The government had already laid the foundation stone for the new airport
even before the environmental feasibility study was completed. The Ports and Aviation Ministry said the decision to shift the
site was taken after Rajapaksa met farmers in the area recently. Building the airpot at the original site in Weerawila would
have prevented cultivation in paddy fileds and other lands in the area. Farmers groups in the area had long protested
against plans for the airport. Sri Lanka has only one international airport at present and needs a second one under interna-
tional air safety rules so flights can be diverted in case of an emergency. Aircraft now have to carry extra fuel to divert to
airports in neighbouring India or the Maldives if Sri Lanka international airport in Katunayake, north of Colombo, is closed in
an emergency. The Katunayake airport was closed briefly last year and flights diverted after Tamil Tiger rebels used a light
aircraft to bomb a nearby airbase. The government chose a site in the south of the island for the second international airport
as the regions is in the dry zone, and not affected bhy the same weather patterns as the existing airport. The proposed new
airport has attracted interest from India's Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL). CIAL earlier this year had talks with
Rajapaksa, whose political constituency is Hambantota.
India: India’s Parliamentary Committee on Civil Aviation said that New Delhi needs more than one international
airport and suggests that it could be built at Jhajjar in Haryana. The committee asked for legal issues involved in
building a new airport to solved. Aviation minister Praful Patel said: “A group of ministers has been asked to look into the
legalities of setting up a second airport near Delhi in view of the agreement signed with developers of the IGI airport in the
capital.” The committee said that an alternative site could be Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh and that both proposals would
need the approval of the Indian Cabinet as they are within 150 km of the existing New Delhi International Airport (IGI).
Government has recently revised its policy on greenfield airports, setting out easier policies on building airports within 150
km of each other, subject to special cabinet permission. If a go-ahead is given, Delhi International Airport will have the right
of first refusal to build and develop the airport. A suggestion has also been made that Safdarjung Airport in Delhi be opened
for commercial aviation as it is currently used only for VIP travel for senior government ministers and foreign dignitaries and
has a high security rating.

China: A long-term plan worth US$ 64 billion has been unveiled for the development of 97 feeder-line airports
across the country. The plan will involve consolidation of smaller airports and upgrading of certain key airports by 2020 to
create airport clusters according to their function - international, domestic or feeder airports - and integration of large, small
and medium-sized airports. The main goal of the programme is the balanced development of airports with improved co-
ordination between trunk and feeder routes, and increased capacity.
Under the plan for northern China, Beijing will have a second airport and the existing Capital International Airport will be
upgraded into an international hub. Discussions are still on-going regarding which airport will be Beijing’ second - the
main contenders being Tianjin, Langfang in Hebei province, and Daxing district in Beijing. The final decision will not
be made until 2010. Pudong International Airport in Shanghai and New Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou will both
be upgraded to become international air cargo hubs. -- By the end of 2006, the Chinese mainland had 147 airports with 45
of them serving both military and civilian traffic. By 2010, the number of airports is expected to have reached 186.

Australia: The very first stages of Perth Airport’s AUD 1 billion (US$ 866 million) redevelopment have started with
work on the aircraft parking apron which will service the new intra-state terminal, Terminal WA. The apron will have
an area of 26 hectares and be capable of holding up to 36 aircraft for regional and interstate flights. Perth Airport CEO Brad
Geatches said these initial works are a critical first step in the development of the new Perth Airport, which will see the
phased consolidation of all major airline operations into new facilities in the area around the existing international terminal.
“We want to build Terminal WA, including the new apron, as quickly as possible to provide much-needed additional capacity
for domestic air services in Perth,” Mr Geatches said. The new aircraft apron will cost around AUD 20 million and will be
ready for use within twelve months.
Perth Airport has also started discussions with airlines on the future functionality and commercial arrangements that will
underpin Terminal WA, to be developed as a separate project from the apron. As soon as these negotiations are com-
pleted, the airport will release a Major Development Plan for public comment, as required under Commonwealth law. Final
approval rests with the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Local Government, Anthony
Albanese. “Terminal WA will play a vital role in expanding Perth Airport’s capacity over the next few years. It reflects our
commitment to regional Western Australia and the importance of fly-in/fly-out operations to resources projects in remote
parts of the State,” Mr Geatches said. Other key elements of the new Perth Airport, including domestic and international
terminals, airport hotel and multi-storey parking garage, would continue to be delivered over the next five to seven years.
This commitment to new airport infrastructure comes as Perth Airport handled a record 9.16 million passengers (+13.3%) in
2007/08.
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