The recent opening of a new, third runway at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, upgrading works and the construction of a new terminal form part of a major investment programme for expansion of the airport to 2010 by Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) under the GMR-led consortium. Master planners HOK, Mott Macdonald and Frischmann Prabhu are involved in the concept and schematic design for the new Terminal 3 and the refurbishment of the existing International Terminal. Arun Arora, a GMR Group representative and Richard Spencer, HOK’s director of transportation, informed Louise Driscoll about progress so far.
The new Pafos International Airport opened on 8 November. The 18,000sqm single storey terminal building has been designed to keep its operation simple and cost effective through optimum use of the latest technology, as general manager Olivier Baric explained to Ross Falconer.
After 80 years of air traffic, Berlin-Tempelhof will close on 30 October. The last charter aircraft, a Cirrus Airlines Dornier 328, will take-off at 21:50 bound for Mannheim. The last aircraft to leave the airport will be the Junkers Ju-52 of the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung and the ‘raisin bomber’ DC 3 of Air Service Berlin. Both will take-off from Tempelhof shortly before midnight. It will be an emotional time for the residents of West Berlin, as Tempelhof is the cradle of aviation in Germany and one of the oldest airports in the world. Ross Falconer reports.
Macquarie, through Macquarie Capital Funds, has been adept in managing the airports it has made investments in, improving performance across its global portfolio, including the core airports of Sydney, Copenhagen, Bristol and Brussels. Richard Sharp, Associate Director – Airports Team, Macquarie Capital Funds, explained to Louise Driscoll how it is able to meet the competing demands of airports and carriers within a competitive, regulatory environment.
Aeroporti di Roma opened the new Terminal 5 at Fiumicino on 3 May. The 14,000sqm facility, which is designed to ease congestion in Terminal C, is currently being used by airlines operating services to the US, with Israeli carrier EL AL to commence services from the terminal in June. Ross Falconer reports.