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Old March 10th, 2008, 03:18 AM   #101
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Old March 12th, 2008, 03:35 PM   #106
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Hyderabad airport boost for MAHB

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Malaysia Airports, which holds an 11 per cent stake in the new airport, has already earned revenue by providing technical advisory services and training

OSK Research Sdn Bhd said the launch of the new Hyderabad International Airport in India on Friday will further cement Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's (MAHB) growing reputation as an international airport operator of choice.

MAHB holds an 11 per cent stake in the new airport, while the GMR group owns 63 per cent and the Andhra Pradesh government and the Airport Authority of India has 13 per cent each.

"Prior to the opening, MAHB has already earned revenue from the airport by providing technical advisory services and training the personnel for the airport both in India as well as in Malaysia.

"MAHB will continue performing these roles and will also earn investment income from its small stake although this will likely be insignificant upfront," OSK Research senior vice-president Chris Eng wrote in a report yesterday.

Aside from Hyderabad, MAHB also owns a 10 per cent stake in the Delhi International Airport, manages the Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan and has a 20 per cent stake in the building and operation of a new airport terminal at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Turkey.

The research firm is maintaining its forecasts and fair value for MAHB at RM3.72.

"We continue to view MAHB as a defensive stock and even if its financial restructuring were to be possibly delayed to 2009 due to the recent election results, it would only pare down our fair value slightly to RM3.70," said Eng.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 03:24 PM   #107
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More joint bids for airport jobs
From Hamisah Hamid Published: 2008/03/13
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NEW DELHI: India's GMR Group plans to jointly bid with Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) and other partners to develop airports in Chennai and Prague, Czech Republic.

Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL) associate vice-president of corporate communications, Arun Arora, said the bids for the airports are expected to open this year.

"We plan to work with MAHB. We believe in building strong relationship with our partners," he told the Malaysian media here yesterday.

Bangalore-based infrastructure giant GMR has so far won the bid with MAHB and other partners to develop airports in Hyderabad and Delhi in India and Istanbul in Turkey.

The GMR-led consortium had clinched the contract to develop greenfield Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad and brownfield Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DIGIA) here, as well as greenfield Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul.

MAHB holds an 11 per cent stake in RGIA and a 10 per cent stake in DIGIA, while GMR holds 63 per cent and 50.1 per cent of the two companies respectively.

Arun said partnership between GMR and MAHB started in 2000 when they, together with other partners, bid for the development of the Hyderabad airport.

He said GMR chose MAHB as its partner due to cultural factor.

"We are culturally aligned and it is important in managing people.

"We can buy any equipment, but when you manage people, you need cultural alignment," he said.

Arun said the development of DIGIA is benchmarked against the KL International Airport in Sepang.

The first phase of the US$7.5 billion (RM24 billion) DIGIA is expected to be completed ahead of schedule.

"The first phase of the airport (DIGIA) is scheduled to be operational in March 2010," he said. Sprawling across 2080 hectares, Phase One will cost US$2.25 billion (RM7.2 billion) to develop.

When all the phases of development are completed by 2026, DIGIA would be able to handle 100 million passengers per year.

It will also have 4,430m-long runway, which is one of Asia's longest runways that can cater to aircraft as big as the A380 superjumbo.

Arun said MAHB is involved in DIGIA operations as well as managing the retail side, through its retail arm, Malaysia Airports (Niaga) Sdn Bhd, or Eraman Malaysia.
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Old March 14th, 2008, 06:36 AM   #108
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Airport will be taking off today!!!!!!! this should be the most active thread
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Old March 21st, 2008, 02:52 PM   #109
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Hyderabad airport to start ops on Sunday
by Jose Barrock, 21 Mar 2008 11:38 AM
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HYDERABAD: The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India is likely to commence operations on Sunday, officials from Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said.

MAHB is an 11% stakeholder in GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, the concessionaire for the airport. Other shareholders include power and infrastructure giants GMR Group, with a 63% equity, and the state and federal governments who collectively control 26% equity.

The airport was initially slated to commence operations on March 16, but faced hiccups as a few budget airlines, namely Kingfisher and a unit of Jet Airways requested for more time to shift to the new airport from the existing facility in Begumpet, Hyderabad.

Other snags, which delayed the commencement of operations, included a strike by airport workers who did not want the closure of the Begumpet airport to commercial use.

Officials from GMR Hyderabad International Airport and MAHB, including the former’s chairman, Kiran Kumar Grandhi, had expressed confidence that the airport would commence operations soon, despite the little hiccups.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 03:16 PM   #110
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Finally, the first phase(1A) of the new airport was thrown open to the public.

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Old March 25th, 2008, 12:06 AM   #114
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great shots of this new and spanking terminal
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I wonder what type of restaurants they will have inside the airport. Authentic Indian food maybe?
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Old March 25th, 2008, 06:31 AM   #116
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Pilot unaware of new airport, flies across India
March 25, 2008 - 10:29AM


A KLM flight headed for Hyderabad in India's south skipped its destination and flew across India because the pilot was unaware the city had a brand-new airport, a report said today.

The confusion occurred barely hours after the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in the Hyderabad suburb of Shamshabad became operational after midnight on Saturday, with flights landing and taking off, said the Times of India.

The pilot of the KLM flight, which had taken off from Amsterdam, at first headed towards Hyderabad's old airport and was told by air traffic control the facility had been shut, the report said.

When directed to fly to the new airport, the unnamed pilot replied: "What's that?" and flew instead first to New Delhi, from where he took the plane to Mumbai after being declined permission to land, it said.

The plane had on board 230 economy and 13 business-class passengers when it approached Hyderabad at 1.45am Indian time yesterday. It had been due to fly out of Hyderabad to Amsterdam at 3.35am with more than 230 passengers.

The Times of India cited an anonymous source as saying the Dutch airline's pilot had been reluctant to land in Shamshabad because its headquarters in Amsterdam had not received a notice about the closure of the old and the opening of the new facility.

The new airport, built at a cost of more than $US600 million ($A650 million), opened for flights after a week's delay prompted by airline requests for more time to switch to the new facility and operational reasons such as shifting of equipment.

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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:52 AM   #117
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15 million is too small a number for India's middle class, just as 400 million is an oversized number. I am not completly sure of the following statistics, but here it goes..

According to NCAER (National Council for Applied Economic Research - India), the upper middle class in India has expanded from 15 million in 1991 to 100 million in 2004. Upper middle class in India is defined as people living in households with annual incomes between $ 4,600 (Rs 200,000) and $ 23,200 (Rs 1,000,000). The lower middle class has another 200 million people, and is defined as people living in households with annual incomes between $ 1,900 (Rs 80,000) and $ 4,600 (Rs 200,000). So the total middle class is 300 million.

These numbers have NOT been adjusted for purchasing power parity.
i saw a show on American TV (ABC's 20/20) that did a story about india a few years ago and it said the number of India's middle class was around 300 million - larger than the entire USA at that time...

they were showing all the improvements and vast shopping malls and shoppers etc.

as for hydrabad - i know someone in Canada who has to fly there twice a year for work - it is the Silicone valley of India apparently
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Old March 27th, 2008, 08:11 AM   #118
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hyd is not the silicon valley of india. its BANGALORE..........
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URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2008/03/26/s...2657670800.htm
Water dispensers, beverages stalls and Low cost food counters at Shamshabad airport

...“The airport is awesome but there is much to be desired about crowd management. Haphazard parking of vehicles and crowding near the gates makes it difficult for passengers to get in. Surprisingly, security was quite slack as no one asked me for my ticket!” exclaims Srinath, a senior executive.

Check-in counters: More display boards for domestic and international passengers and more cabin luggage check-in counters are needed to prevent long queues, he points out. With parking lots quite a distance away from the terminal, passengers have to walk a long way before going into the driveway to get into departure lounge”, says Dr. A. Srikanth...

However, an airport spokesman explained that counters are being “allocated and re-allocated” by the Airport Operation Command Centre as per the flights schedule irrespective of airlines. It was unlike other Indian airports where passengers have airlines- specified check-in-counters.

There are 130 counters using Common User Terminal Equipment technology (CUTE) for check-in luggage and 15 counters with Common User Self Service (CUSS) for cabin luggage. The apparent ‘confusion’ is because the airlines staff and passengers are new to this system, he says and assures of things falling into place soon.

Steps are also being made to streamline parking and amenities like water dispensers and beverages stalls across the Airport village. Low cost food counters too will be ready in a week’s time , he says.
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Day 3: Passengers thirsty and hungry - Deccan Chronicle March 26, 2008


Hyderabad, March 25: The Shamshabad airport continued to grapple with problems on the third day of its official launch. Airport officials are yet to come to grips with the nitty-gritty of running the show and passengers and visitors continued to raise complaints.

There is only one help desk in the airport and it is also not able to cope with the requirements of travellers. Most of the passengers are clueless about how to get transportation to city. And majority of them can’t have a coffee to while away their waiting house since the rates are steep. A normal coffee costs around Rs 50 at the new airport while it was priced at Rs 10 in Begumpet airport. Snacks are sold for Rs 100 at the new airport.

"We are scared to offer coffee to friends," said Mr K. Chandrasekhara Rao, a businessman. "Not all passengers have fat purses," Mr Rao added. "There is no drinking water facility and we are forced to purchase water bottles," said Mr S. Mohammad Basha, another traveller. The bus bay is almost half a kilometre away from the terminal and many passengers demanded that the airport provide transportation from there. Airline employees too are not happy with the arrangements at the new airport.

They now have to function in congested cabins since rents for floor space at the new airport are much higher than Begumpet airport. "In Begumpet, we used to pay around Rs 900 per square meter as monthly rent," said the executive of an international airline. "But it is Rs 2000 in Shamshabad. And we have to pay around Rs 2 lakh per month to the ground handling companies as rent." GMR authorities, however, claimed that the charges and rates were not heavy when compared with other airports.
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