Hong Kong Airport to build new garden-themed enhancements

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) looks to be joining Singapore’s Changi Airport when it comes to developing a new garden-themed enhancements, with the Airport Authority of Hong Kong confirming it will be developing a new two-level roof garden and children’s area on top of its expanded East Hall of Terminal 1.

The announcement follows the recent decision by the authority to invest some HK$7 billion (US$898 million) to upgrade its facilities ahead of the opening of its third runway in 2024.

On the other wise of the expanded East hall to the two-level green enhancement will also be an outdoor garden for passengers to use. A dedicated recreational zone with “new technologies for travellers” will also be developed as part of the expanded East Hall.

The boarding gate areas of Terminal 1 may also be set to undergo a revamp with the Airport Authority looking into the possibility of introducing themed areas to change the look and feel of the boarding gate vicinity.

Meanwhile, the airport’s new Sky Bridge that will connect Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse will feature an observation deck along with F&B options in the towers at both sides. Set approximately 28 metres above ground, the 200-metre-long Sky Bridge will have space for large aircraft including A380s to pass underneath.

The announcement comes shortly after Changi Airport announced it would be creating a new garden-themed Canopy Park atop its upcoming Jewel development.

Expansion of HKIA is currently expected to be completed by 2020, while Changi’s Jewel development is scheduled to open in early 2019.

These developments at HKIA come on top of the upcoming Skycity integrated complex near Terminal 2, announced last October and with the first phase due to open in 2020.

hongkongairport.com

Cathay Pacific passengers get 15 per cent off at Hyderabad Duty Free

Charminar, Hyderabad

Cathay Pacific passengers get 15 per cent off at Hyderabad Duty Free

The offer is valid at Hyderabad International Airport’s arrival and departure stores until December 15, 2017

Hyderabad Duty Free and Cathay Pacific have partnered to offer shoppers 15 per cent discounts at the duty free stores on presenting their Cathay Pacific boarding pass.

The offer is valid until December 15, 2017, and can be availed at the arrival and departure duty free stores at Hyderabad International Airport. The only catch here is that the 15 per cent discount is applicable for a minimum bill value of $150 in arrivals and $50 in departures.

Like most offers, this one too cannot be clubbed with any other offers or discounts.

Rajesh Menon, regional sales and marketing manager — South Asia at Cathay Pacific Airways said, “We are delighted to extend this offer to our customers. Hyderabad has grown into an important market for us and we are constantly undertaking initiatives to provide our customers a seamless experience not just while on board but through their entire journey. This promotion with Hyderabad Duty Free is a great way for [Cathay passengers] to enjoy their experience while at Hyderabad International Airport.”

cathaypacific.com

Cathay Pacific passengers get 15 per cent off at Hyderabad Duty Free

The offer is valid at Hyderabad International Airport’s arrival and departure stores until December 15, 2017

Hyderabad Duty Free and Cathay Pacific have partnered to offer shoppers 15 per cent discounts at the duty free stores on presenting their Cathay Pacific boarding pass.

The offer is valid until December 15, 2017, and can be availed at the arrival and departure duty free stores at Hyderabad International Airport. The only catch here is that the 15 per cent discount is applicable for a minimum bill value of $150 in arrivals and $50 in departures.

Like most offers, this one too cannot be clubbed with any other offers or discounts.

Rajesh Menon, regional sales and marketing manager — South Asia at Cathay Pacific Airways said, “We are delighted to extend this offer to our customers. Hyderabad has grown into an important market for us and we are constantly undertaking initiatives to provide our customers a seamless experience not just while on board but through their entire journey. This promotion with Hyderabad Duty Free is a great way for [Cathay passengers] to enjoy their experience while at Hyderabad International Airport.”

cathaypacific.com

Ministry of Civil Aviation asks airlines to move from Delhi Airport’s T1 to T2

Delhi International Airport

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation wants budget carriers GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet to move operations from Delhi Airport’s Terminal 1 (T1) to Terminal 2 (T2).

Currently, T1 that has a capacity for 20 million passengers is handling 24 million passengers. By moving the low cost airlines to T2, the ministry hopes to reduce the load on T1 and begin work on its expansion well before winter.

The airlines have been hesitant to move as they fear a rise in operational costs.

In a strongly worded letter to the airlines, published by Hindustan Times yesterday who has a copy, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has said: “As a final opportunity, the airlines operating from T1 shall discuss the issue among themselves in order to arrive at a mutually acceptable situation in a month, by July 15, 2017. In case there is no consensus by July 15, the airport operator shall be free to decide the suitable course of action, which shall be binding on these airlines.”

Terminal 2 was renovated early last year so the low cost airlines could operate out of there. However, airlines have been hesitant to move as they fear a rise in operational costs.

Until 2016, T2 was used for international flights, which now operate out of Terminal 3 (T3). Since the carriers have been hesitant in moving to T2, the terminal remains under-utilised, serving Haj flights once a year.

Currently, Delhi Airport’s operational Terminals 1 and 3 are handling a total capacity of 62 million passengers per annum. International Terminal 3 is also reaching a stage of congestion, which the ministry hopes to ease by making T2 operational “before the commencement of winter schedule 2017”.

civilaviation.gov.in 

Hong Kong International Airport set for HK$7bn enhancement

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is set to get a HK$7 billion (US$897 million) upgrade of its facilities ahead of the opening of its third runway in 2024, according to a report by The South China Morning Post.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority’s investment will see enhancements made to the existing Terminal 1, notably a new 17,000sqm annex building outfitted with more than 40 additional check-in and self-service bag-drop facilities. Terminal 1 will also be expanded and a Sky Bridge is set to be built connecting the terminal with the north satellite concourse.

Existing plans to add 33 aircraft parking stands at Terminal 1 will also be completed. Meanwhile, new dining and retail options will be made available at the airport’s East Hall.

These developments come on top of the upcoming Skycity integrated complex near Terminal 2, announced last October and with the first phase due to open in 2020.

According to the Airport Authority’s executive director for corporate development, Wilson Fung Wing-yip, the authority is heavily promoting the use of public rather than private transport into and out of the airport. This is despite the fact that development of a new 12-storey multi-functional building that will offer 1,400 parking spaces next to the Car Park 4 site is also scheduled for completion by 2019.

From a traveller perspective, this emphasis away from private transportation will see them hit with significant fee increases for long-stay parking. Starting June 15 this year, hourly parking is set to rise between 9 and 11 percent, while three-day parking will jump 57 percent, and the authority is not ruling out the possibility of these rising even further in future.

But even travellers using public transport don’t look as though they will be able to avoid being hit with price hikes of their own. In April, The MTR Corporation proposed an increase to fares on the Airport Express rail link by about 10.3 percent as early as this month.

Passenger traffic at HKIA is expected to rise by more than 100 million by 2030, notably as a result of the new third runway as well as the expected completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge this year and the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok underwater tunnel in 2018.

The upcoming developments at HKIA follow a similar trend throughout Asia-Pacific, with South Korea, mainland China, and Singapore all seeing expansions and enhancements to their airports, along with entirely new airports. Meanwhile last week, Singapore’s Changi Airport unveiled a new Canopy Park attraction as part of its upcoming Jewel development, set to open in 2019.

hongkongairport.com

Auckland Airport to invest NZ$1.8 billion in aeronautical infrastructure

Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport will be investing some NZ$1.8 billion (US$1.3 billion) in aeronautical infrastructure development over the next five years as it looks to enhance its international departures and arrivals capabilities, along with adding new domestic facilities.

The move comes as the country’s major airport has been experiencing significant growth over the past few years, notably a 26 percent increase in passenger volume since 2014 and a 61 percent increase in international airlines over the past 22 months. In the last year, Hong Kong AirlinesHainan Airlines, and Tianjin Airlines, for instance, have each launched new non-stop services to the New Zealand city.

It will be these international services that will be seeing the lion’s share of the new investment. Among the developments planned to take place between 2018 and 2022, the airport will be “expanding and upgrading the international departure experience” as well as providing three additional international gates for aircraft such as the A380 and B787. International arrivals will also be able to make use of expanded border processing areas and public spaces, while departures will see an upgraded check-in area.

However the domestic front won’t be completely ignored, with plans for a new domestic jet terminal attached to the existing international terminal also among the announced developments.

“As a result of this significant investment in infrastructure over the next five years, there will be better and faster passenger journeys through and around our airport,” said Auckland Airport’s chief executive, Adrian Littlewood. “The experience within the terminals will be more intuitive and relaxing, and transferring between domestic jet and international flights will be faster and more efficient.”

“Setting aeronautical prices for a five-year period is a complex process involving a range of specific charges. We believe that the prices we have announced today balance different views and are in the best interests of travellers and New Zealand.”

Along with the investment announcement, Littlewood also confirmed expected changes to passenger charges.

“For the next five years, in real terms, our average international passenger charges will reduce by 1.7 percent each year and domestic passenger charges will only increase by 0.8 percent per annum. Given the scale of the planned investment this is a great outcome for travellers.”

Auckland Airport already currently invests more than NZ$1 million (US$720,000) per working day on aeronautical infrastructure.

“We believe Aucklanders and New Zealanders recognise the need for long-term planning and development of critical aviation infrastructure. In the next five years, we will take significant steps on the path to opening our second runway which we currently expect to be required in 2028,” Littlewood added.

aucklandairport.co.nz

Changi Airport unveils new Canopy Park attraction

Singapore’s Changi Airport is set to get a garden-themed leisure space on the top floor of its upcoming Jewel development – set to open in early 2019 – that will include some 14,000sqm of leisure and F&B facilities.

Called Canopy Park, the area will include gardens comprising 1,400 trees and palms, and walking trails as well as dining outlets and three “play attractions” under the names Sky Nets, Canopy Mazes and Discovery Slides. The Sky Nets will include netted walking spaces 25 metres above the first level of Jewel, meanwhile the Canopy Mazes will feature a hedge maze and a mirror maze – claimed to be the first of its kind in a garden-style environment. The slides, meanwhile, is intended to act as a sculpture as much as a play space, which combines together four slides.

Alongside these features, the Canopy Park will also include a children’s area with mist, giving the experience of exploring a rainforest, as well as a 50-metre-long Canopy Bridge, situated 23 metres above ground with glass panel flooring in the centre as well as views of the 40-metre-tall Rain Vortex. Two gardens – Topiary Walk and Petal Garden – will also be included.

The arboreal theme takes inspiration from Singapore’s own push to become known as a “City in a Garden” – as is evident with developments such as the Gardens by the Bay.

“When we conceptualised Canopy Park, we envisaged an area that is not only relaxing because of the lush greenery around, but also one that is filled with timeless activities and interactions for visitors of all ages,” said Jean Hung, CEO of jewel Changi Airport Development. “Canopy Park is designed with this objective in mind, and we want to create a place that will attract visitors from all over the world.”

The new Jewel development is one of a number of enhancements Changi Airport is making to its facilities, including its upcoming Terminal 4 building, due to open in the second half of 2017, which will feature more than 80 outlets across over 16,000sqm.

Changi isn’t the only airport that’s taking steps to enhance its leisure, lifestyle and entertainment offerings, though. Hong Kong International Airport last year announced its plans for a new large-scale Skycity development that would feature a wide variety of attractions, namely F&B and events as well as what it dubbed “cybertainment” and “edutainment” highlights.

The new Jewel development is located in front of Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 and will cover approximately 134,000sqm when completed.

changiairport.com

Revamped Ft. Lauderdale concourse set to debut in late June

southwest

 

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport says a new concourse with five additional gates for Southwest Airlines will be open by June 30, airport director Mark Gale told CBSMiami (http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/06/01/ft-lauderdale-airports-new-concourse-pet-amenities/) on June 1.

 

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport says a new concourse with five additional gates for Southwest Airlines will be open by June 30, airport director Mark Gale told CBSMiami (http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/06/01/ft-lauderdale-airports-new-concourse-pet-amenities/) on June 1.

 

The new Concourse A, the centerpiece of a $333-million revitalization and expansion plan of FLL’s Terminal 1, will serve as a major new Southwest international hub. At an event previewing the expanded facility, Southwest Chairman & CEO Gary Kelly announced that the airline would launch service from the airport to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, beginning on Nov. 5, 2017.

 

“These new gates, additional border screening capacity, and the arts and flavor of South Florida will be a hit with hundreds of thousands of Southwest’s local customers who prefer our all-in friendliness and value,” said Kelly. The airline also launched service between FLL and Grand Cayman, Belize, Montego Bay, and Cancun on June 4.

In addition to the new concourse, the existing Terminal 1 is being modernized, including the addition of a new post-security connection between the terminal’s three concourses; currently, travellers have to exit the secure areas of the terminal’s concourses if they need to move between one and the other, requiring a second pass through security checkpoints. When completed, the renovation will give the terminal a single security checkpoint serving all three concourses.

More concession spaces also is being added to the terminal both pre- and post-security. Additional restrooms (including a separate relief station for travelling pets) and improved and expanded gate seating areas are other aspects of the project, which is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2017.

 

American Airlines to invest US$1.6 billion at Los Angeles International

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American Airlines to invest US$1.6 billion at LAX

The carrier said it would continue to grow its presence at the airport, with improvements to facilities at T4 and T5

American Airlines has unveiled plans for a US$1.6 billion investment programme at Los Angeles International airport.

The carrier has published a letter of intent setting out “the framework for negotiation of a new 15-year lease agreement”, with planned improvement works including:

  • The unification of passenger check-in and baggage claim areas
  • The improvement of check-in facilities at T5
  • A new “vertical circulation core” connecting to the landside Automated People Movers (APM) rail system
  • The centralisation of the T4 and T5 security screening checkpoint at the APM level
  • The connection of T4 and T5 both landside and airside, including an above-ground connection from the T4/BIT Connector to T5 airside

AA said that the works would be carried out over the next seven to ten years, and would “essentially be made by tearing down the lobby areas of T4 and T5 one small section at a time and building a new, state-of-the-art facility, all while keeping the airport up and running”.

The agreement would also pave the way for the carrier to receive additional gates “as they continue to grow their operation and add destinations”.

American Airlines recently unveiled its revamped Flagship Lounge at New York’s JFK, with others to follow at airports including LAX, Miami, Dallas Fort Worth and London Heathrow.

https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2017/05/25/american-airlines-launches-revamped-flagship-lounge-jfk/

Commenting on the commitment Doug Parker, CEO and chairman of American Airlines said:

“This investment will not only improve the customer experience, but it will also give our employees a better place to work every day while allowing us to continue to grow in the marketplace.

“It’s an exciting time for the US airline industry and for American in particular. Today, US airlines are healthy and investing back into their businesses and the communities they serve. What we are doing here today is a great example of that.”

aa.com, lawa.org

Dubai International airport launches ‘sleep lounge’

Sleep N Fly Dubai airport

Dubai International airport has unveiled 27 sleep pods and cabins as part of the new Sleep ‘n’ Fly lounge in Terminal 3

For passengers needing to recharge during a long journey, the Sleep ‘n’ Fly lounge features 20 Igloo sleep pods (measuring just 200cm x 74cm) and seven 4 sqm Yawn cabins with double beds. They can also be used as private offices.

After checking in at reception, a member of staff will show you to your pod. At an agreed time, they will return to wake you up with a hot or cold towel. Useful amenities such as shaving kits and a shoe-shine service are available. Yawn cabins are air conditioned and sound-proofed.

Located close to Gate A1 in Concourse A, they can be booked for a short one-hour nap up to an entire night via the Sleep ‘n’ Fly website or when you get there. There are showers, toilets and restaurants nearby.

There are lots of different packages to choose from (the full price list is here) but the cheapest would be one hour in an Igloo pod during the day for US$17. The most expensive would be US$271 for 12 hours in a Yawn cabin.

Although Concourse A is dedicated to Emirates and Qantas flights, all airline passengers have access to the Sleep ‘n’ Fly lounge when they are flying from or transiting through Dubai International. The facility is also open to Priority Pass and LoungeKey members.

Eugene Barry, executive vice-president of Dubai Airports Commercial Group, said: “The opening of Sleep ‘n’ Fly expands Dubai International’s existing range of rest and relaxation options, and is the latest in a line of personalised and engaging products we are rolling out to cater to the evolving needs of global travellers.”

Geoffrey Carrier, general manager of pod provider Onground Hospitality, said: “After operating dedicated airport sleep lounges for several years now we have taken our unique concept to a new level at Dubai International. We are very excited to be part of the amazing Dubai airport experience, and look forward to offering some much-needed rest to the ever-growing number of passengers passing through the airport.”

New York airports among the worst for on-time arrivals

New-York

 A report from milecards.com found that Newark International Airport has the worst on-time performance of any airline during the busy summer travel months, with an average of just 66.5 per cent of Newark flights operating on schedule. New York’s LaGuardia International Airport had the second-worst on-time performance, while nearby Kennedy International Airport was fourth on the list. San Francisco International Airport has the third-fewest on-time arrivals among U.S. airports.

 

The report was drawn from U.S. Department of Transportation data on summer travel for the period 2007-2016.

 

Interestingly, the study show that most U.S. airports have worse delays in the summer than the winter, even in areas subject to severe winter weather, like Boston and New York. June is the worst month for summer air-travel delays (Boston finished fifth on the list of oft-delayed airports).

 

Kahului International Airport and Honolulu International Airport, on the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Oahu, respectively, had the best on-time performance for summer travel, with 88 per cent and 86.5 per cent of flights arriving on time, respectively. Summer is considered low season for Hawaii travel.

 

Other airports with good on-time performance for summer travel include Salt Lake City International Airport, Orange County International Airport, and Phoenix/Sky Harbor International Airport.

 

http://milecards.com/2017-summer-flight-delay-study/