Aéroports de Paris (AdP) and Schiphol Group have created an alliance under which they have entered into a long-term industrial cooperation and 8% cross-shareholding agreement, which is designed to improve competitiveness. François Rubichon, Deputy CEO, AdP and Ad Rutten, Executive Vice President and COO, Schiphol Group, explained the strategic rationale to Ross Falconer.
Sweden’s LFV Group has implemented a step-by-step reduction of airport charges over the last four years. Most recently, it applied a 9% reduction in charges at three of its airports – Stockholm-Arlanda, Stockholm-Bromma and Göteborg Landvetter – on 1 November. Kerstin Lindberg Göransson, managing director, Stockholm-Arlanda and Mats Sigurdson, vice president aviation marketing, LFV Airports, outlined the strategy to Ross Falconer.
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.