South East Asia Industry News

[ Malaysia ] Airports records 11.4m passengers in August
14 September 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB), including its Istanbul operations, recorded a 7.8% increase in August 2017 with 11.4million passenger movements, boosted by higher number of international passengers.
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[ Thailand ] The Department of Airports will open bidding for its regional airports development projects -- valued at 8.8 billion baht -- this year, department director-general Darun Sangchai said.
11 September 2017
Mr Darun said the bidding will be staged to seek contractors for four provincial airport development projects and the installation of the In-Line Baggage Handling and Screening system, an automated security programmer worth a total 8.8 billion baht being used to screen baggage at several other airports. Contract signings for all projects are expected to be completed this December as the budget was allocated under the first quarter of the 2018-fiscal year, between this October and January.
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[ Singapore ] A peek at airports of the future: Automated check-in, face scans and robot baggage handlers.
05 September 2017
SINGAPORE – Passengers’ baggage is collected by robots, they relax in a luxurious waiting area and then get a face scan and swiftly pass through security and immigration — this could be the airport of the future. Planners hope this vision will become reality as new technology is rolled out, transforming the exhausting experience of lengthy lines in aging, overcrowded terminals into something far more pleasant.
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[ Thailand ] Hat Yai Airport construction of a parking garage with a capacity of 2,800 cars and a warehouse building for cargo with an area of 1,800 square meters are in the 2026 plan
05 September 2017
Hat Yai Airport celebrated 29 years of service 26 August outlining a raft of improvements due to be completed during it upcoming 30th anniversary year. The main challenge is to deal with terminal congestion as the airport will next year exceed its 2.5 million passenger ceiling by more than 1 million. Hat Yai airport transferred to Airports of Thailand from the Department of Commercial Aviation in 1988.
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[ Thailand ] The landscape of the airline catering business at Phuket airport is undergoing a transformation with Bangkok Air Catering Co (BAC) breaking up a long-standing monopoly.
29 August 2017
BAC, part of the Bangkok Airways group, recently brought on stream its state-of-the-art airline catering facility near the airport, which was completed in 10 months construction time. BAC, part of the Bangkok Airways group, recently brought on stream its state-of-the-art airline catering facility near the airport, which was completed in 10 months construction time. The facility aims to cash in on growing demand for airline meals at Thailand's third busiest airport. BAC provides options for airlines beyond what is offered by Phuket Air Catering Co (PAC), a joint venture of Thai Airways International, Airports of Thailand (AoT) and Pearl Group for some 25 years. Linus Knobel, managing director of BAC, told the Bangkok Post that the company is not aggressively pursuing existing clientele from PAC in order to quickly build market share.
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[ Indonesia ] Indonesia Has Two of the World's Best Airports
29 August 2017
Jakarta. Indonesian airports have gained more fame after Supadio International Airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, and Jambi's Sultan Thaha Airport topped the Airport Council International's 2017 second quarter "Airport Service Quality" report. The council, an independent organization with 592 airport operators managing 1,853 airports in 173 countries, recognized the Indonesian airports managed by Angkasa Pura II after a detailed study of their facilities and services. "These awards make us strive to become even better. Our airports have made us proud and contribute to the country's economic growth and tourism development," Angkasa Pura II director Muhammad Awaluddin said on Monday (31/07). The ACS report sets a benchmark in the global airport industry. "The survey includes the airport facilities construction and service quality," Awaluddin said. Supadio is the best among 80 airports of 2-5 million passengers’ capacity, while Sultan Thaha earned the top rank in the under 2 million categories. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the airports' world-class reputation is crucial for Indonesia's confidence and public trust. "Our confidence can be greater as we can be the world's champion and not feel intimidated by other countries," he added.
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[ Combodia ] Timeframe set for Siem Reap airport construction
29 August 2017
Construction of Siem Reap’s new international airport, which is being developed by China’s state-run Yunnan Investment Holdings Ltd (YIHL), could start in early 2018. Sinn Chanserey Vutha, spokesman of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, informed Post Property that while there had been no exact date set for construction to commence on the new airport he believed work would begin sometime in 2018. He continued, “The construction might start early next year because the negotiations between the government and Yunnan, the Chinese company that is investing in the airport, have already come to terms.” According to Vutha, the construction of the airport, which is set to span 750 hectares in Siem Reap’s Sout Nikom district, will be undertaken in three phases. About $500 million will be spent on the first and second stages which will allow medium-sized airplanes to land, while the third phase will cost $300 million. Chhay Sivlin, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA), welcomed the investment of a new airport in Siem Reap. “This airport will surely attract more tourists than before, and will be able to welcome giant-sized planes,” she said. “Other than this, I believe that the airport will provide job opportunities for people within the service and transportation industry due to its substantial distance from Siem Reap [city].” Last October, the Cambodian government reached an agreement with YIHL to build the new $880 million airport to serve Siem Reap. The agreement gave YIHL and its construction and airport management subsidiaries an exclusive 55-year build, operate, transfer (BOT) concession on the new airport, replacing the exclusive agreement with Cambodia Airports, a company majority-owned by France’s Vinci Group.
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[ Vietnam ] Prime Minister okays hiring of foreign consultants for Tan Son Nhat airport expansion
29 August 2017
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has agreed to hire foreign consultants to consider the expansion of the Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh City without limitation in land use planning. The move is in line with Article 26 of the Law on Bidding on hiring international consultants in special cases.
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[ Vietnam ] Tan Son Nhat in urgent of need of expansion
29 August 2017
The government has called for the urgent expansion of Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport before it becomes seriously overcrowded. Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung chaired a meeting on August 11 with the Ministry of Defense, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), and relevant agencies to discuss measures to address the overcrowding. According to Mr. Lại Xuan Thanh, Head of CAAV, Tan Son Nhat’s capacity already exceeds its capacity of 25 million passengers a year and it is forecast that numbers will reach 31 million passengers in the end of this year.
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[ Thailand ] Funding allocated to expand Khon Kaen, Krabi airports.
22 August 2017
The Department of Airports has been allocated 9.61 billion baht to expand Khon Kaen and Krabi airports to at least double their passenger-handling capacities within four years.
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News Archive

[ Singapore ] On 25 July 2017, Changi Airport in Singapore unveiled its new Terminal 4 (T4)
[ Thailand ] Bangkok Air Catering (BAC) Phuket started operations on 15 June 2017
[ Indonesia ] PT Angkasa Pura II is closing all duty free operations in Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Terminal 2 (T2) as the operator readies itself to move all international flights to the new Terminal Three Ultimate (T3U).
[ Vietnam ] Vietnam’s Transport Ministry has chosen a lotus-inspired design for a new terminal at Long Thanh International Airport in the southern province of Dong Nai.
[ Thailand ] Suvarnabhumi Airport test automated immigration with Singaporeans.
[ Thailand ] Buri Ram airport upgrade gets approval
[ Vietnam ] Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport (MoT) has said that it would seek the government’s permission to continue selling the stakes of state-owned Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) to “strategic investors”.
[ Indonesia ] Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air is to open a private airport and MRO facility on Bintan Island, with financial backing from Singapore’s Gallant Venture Ltd.
[ Thailand ] Thai Airways International (THAI) has said that it is set to unveil ‘the world’s No. 1 MRO Centre” by the year 2021.
[ SINGAPORE ] The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GomSpace
[ Philippines ] The Government is committed to complete the PHP 12.55 billion Clark International Airport (CRK) passenger terminal by 2019.
[ Philippine ] Government said that it would offer investors in July 2017 the PHP 12.55 billion Clark International Airport Expansion Project that will be the test for a ‘hybrid’ financing scheme that mixes official development assistance (ODA
[ Singapore ] Changi Airport Group (CAG) has unveiled the latest design details for its new Canopy Park concept, one of three main attractions located in its Jewel mixed-use complex at Changi Airport in Singapore.
[ PHILIPPINES ] The Department of Transportation (DOTr) abruptly terminated a plan to auction off to the private sector the operations and modernization of five regional airports
[ Malaysia ] Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia is expecting to spend up to MYR 150 million (about USD 35 million) over the next few years to upgrade and improve its baggage-handling efficiency, according to local media reports
[ Laos ] The country is in need of four new international airports
[ Indonesia ] Indonesia has invited private companies to take part in developing airports because of limited funds in the state budget
[ Thailand ] AOT to invest approx. USD 11 billion in 6 airports development
[ SINGAPORE ] The Changi East project "Terminal 5"
[ Indonesia ] The Indonesian Government’s plan to build a large-scale airport in North Bali
[ Vietnam ] The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAA) will co-operate in May 2017 with the US FAA to conduct an assessment of the CAA’s capacity to oversee safety in accordance with ICAO standards.