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Old October 15th, 2006, 12:27 PM   #1
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The Best Low Cost Terminal

Which Airport Do You Think Has The Best Low Cost Terminal



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Old October 15th, 2006, 12:59 PM   #2
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More pictures of Changi Budget Terminal Here....
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Old October 15th, 2006, 04:06 PM   #3
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Is this a thread for the best low cost terminal worldwide or Asia only?

If its for Asia only, the thread should have a more specific title. And comparing the supposedly only 2 in Asia is not a very good comparison since there's tons in Europe.

If its worldwide then its sad to see that the opening post is kinda biased towards S.E.A. only. Shld perhaps clarify if entries from Europe and elsewhere is included. Thanks.
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Old October 15th, 2006, 06:33 PM   #4
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Stansted - it looks very nice and used by budget carriers even though it was not purposedly built for them



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Old October 16th, 2006, 11:38 AM   #5
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Singapore Changi terminal is simple and straight to the point. Nice
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Without doubts,the worst is Paris Beauvais airport:



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Old October 16th, 2006, 10:28 PM   #7
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Beauvais is a very small airport. Everything is in miniature size. I remember crowding into that small space to get my luggage upon arrival. The bus ride into the city was not bad though.
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Old January 30th, 2008, 07:42 AM   #8
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Low cost airports and terminals developing in Germany, Finland, Kuala Lumpur and China

Low cost airports and terminals developing in Germany, Finland, Kuala Lumpur and China Airports are becoming increasingly more attuned to the needs of the LCC segment. In Germany, Cologne Bonn Airport launched a new internet platform - cologne-bonn-connect.com – in Aug-07 which offers potential passengers a simple “look and book” link, listing the best connections via Cologne/Bonn, combining more than 100 destinations of the airport’s partners, Germanwings and TUIfly.

The innovation has been credited with already bringing in 400 extra passengers per day, with the airport now targeting 1,000 additional passengers per day by the end of 2008 just from the new platform.

It contributed to a record year for Cologne Bonn Airport – its fifth in succession. In 2007, the airport handled 10.5 million passengers, up 6% year-on-year, with LCCs “again playing a large part in the considerable increase in passenger figures”. The East European market, and in particular Russia, Romania and Bulgaria, showed a strong upward trend with an increase of 20%. There were also positive developments in LCC services to Austria, Turkey and Greece. With ten new LCC connections planned for Summer 2008, the airport is targeting 10.7 million passengers this year.

Meanwhile, Finavia, the governing body of Finnish airports, has introduced a so-called “low cost” concept at Turku Airport in Finland. The currently empty maintenance building will be converted into a passenger terminal, which will have capacity for between ten and 12 flights per day, at the beginning of Apr-08. Wizz Air will be the first airline to take advantage of the concept, launching international services between Turku and Gdansk, Poland.

The concept of low-cost services was first introduced by Finavia at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport in 2003. The same pricing model will now allow LCCs to operate from Turku Airport. Finavia’s subsidiary, Airpro, will rent the terminal and operate passenger and ground handling services.

The new terminal will operate on the basis of Finavia’s low-cost concept, which means that a single service provider produces, prices and carries out all of the services that airlines require. Airlines will continue to pay the usual airport charges, such as landing fees and navigation and security charges, as per Finavia’s current price list.

In other low cost airport developments, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) plans to fast track the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) expansion project at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, attributed to the rapid growth in traffic generated by AirAsia. MAHB is scheduled to issue tenders shortly to expand the facility by 35,000 sqm facility, which will increase capacity by 50% to handle 15 million passengers p/a.

MAHB Managing Director, Dato’ Bashir Ahmad stated when the terminal originally opened in early 2006, “we expected it to hit its 10 million capacity by 2012. But traffic at the terminal has already surpassed 7 million last year and looks likely to hit full capacity much earlier than anticipated”. The LCCT is a temporary solution and current plans call for the development of a permanent low cost terminal in three to four years time near the main terminal. However, AirAsia is reportedly lobbying for the re-opening of the former Kuala Lumpur gateway, Subang Airport, for LCC services.

In China, airport planners are starting to factor LCC needs into their capacity developments. Xiamen Airport plans to construct a new terminal for the exclusive use of LCCs. The USD36 million, 72,000 sqm terminal will replace Terminals 1 and 2. Xiamen Airport handled 8.6 million passengers in 2007 and forecasts 10 million in 2008, making it the fourth largest airport in China. A timeframe for the LCC terminal opening was not disclosed. AirAsia and Tiger Airways already operate at the airport and are reporting solid load factors on their routes to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, respectively.

To the west, Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, in Hubei Province, has released a long-term development Master Plan that calls for the construction of four new terminals and runways. The airport is currently operating just one terminal. The future Terminal 3 will be the largest among the four terminals with total capacity of 30 million passengers p/a, while Terminal 4 will cater exclusively to LCCs, although a potential opening date was also not disclosed.

All these developments would be welcomed by the LCC movement, but could raise concerns by legacy airline groups.
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Stansted - it looks very nice and used by budget carriers even though it was not purposedly built for them
Their terminal reminds me of HKIA. Is it by Sir Norman Foster?
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Old January 30th, 2008, 05:45 PM   #10
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Their terminal reminds me of HKIA. Is it by Sir Norman Foster?
Foster designed Stansted's terminal.

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Old January 30th, 2008, 06:07 PM   #11
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Without doubts,the worst is Paris Beauvais airport:



I agree!


The best low cost terminal could be any of an Asian airport.
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Old January 30th, 2008, 07:07 PM   #12
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Stansted is a very nice airport but its starting to go a bit down hill recently.
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Foster designed Stansted's terminal.

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There's alot of resemblance. One thing, this terminal has more to offer compared to Shanghai Pudong!
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The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport located north of Manila has a low-cost terminal.



It is currently used as low-cost but there is a plan to replace that current NAIA and make this the main international airport. Such plans would be constructing a terminal larger than that of HKIA and the same size as T3 of Beijing's Capital Airport.

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There's alot of resemblance. One thing, this terminal has more to offer compared to Shanghai Pudong!
Stansted actually came online before HKIA.
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The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport located north of Manila has a low-cost terminal.



It is currently used as low-cost but there is a plan to replace that current NAIA and make this the main international airport. Such plans would be constructing a terminal larger than that of HKIA and the same size as T3 of Beijing's Capital Airport.

the only passenger terminal at the airport. Never intended to build for LCC but LCCs prefer to use this airport because of its cheaper landing fee..Asiana also surprisingly chose this airport over NAIA. Not much facilities available compared to what they have in Changi and KLIA. Long queue at immigration, crap arrival hall and too few retail establishment. Hopefully they take lesson from other LCC terminals around Asia and start refurbishing the current terminal to make it nicer and on par with other LCC airports.
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The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport located north of Manila has a low-cost terminal.



It is currently used as low-cost but there is a plan to replace that current NAIA and make this the main international airport. Such plans would be constructing a terminal larger than that of HKIA and the same size as T3 of Beijing's Capital Airport.

why do they have to retain the american flag infront of the airport?
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Old January 31st, 2008, 11:24 PM   #18
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The KLIA reminds me of a high school cafeteria + gymnasium
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the only passenger terminal at the airport. Never intended to build for LCC but LCCs prefer to use this airport because of its cheaper landing fee..Asiana also surprisingly chose this airport over NAIA. Not much facilities available compared to what they have in Changi and KLIA. Long queue at immigration, crap arrival hall and too few retail establishment. Hopefully they take lesson from other LCC terminals around Asia and start refurbishing the current terminal to make it nicer and on par with other LCC airports.
Landing in DMIA is earier plus it has two parallel runways. Plus Asiana don't have to bother about NAIA traffic
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Only one runway can be used, the other has cracks all over th place...and it's not certified to CAT 2 or 3..i dont even sure if it's CAT 1 certified. Even with only 1 runway traffic is generally smooth and not busy...
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