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Old December 30th, 2004, 11:03 AM   #361
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Business Times - 30 Dec 2004

Changi's passenger volume crosses 30 million mark

SINGAPORE - Passenger volume at Changi Airport has crossed the 30 million mark,exceeding the previous record high of 29 million passengers set in 2002.

The 30 million milestone was crossed when the passengers of a Singapore Airlines flight disembarked at the airport at around 12 noon today. Minister for Transport Mr Yeo Cheow Tong described 2004 as a year of sterling growth.

He said passenger traffic for January to November this year is up some 4.5 per cent from the same period in 2002.

He added that Changi grew its city links rapidly with nine new airlines starting operating to Changi this year.

In all the airport gained 15 new city links.

Changi Airport's passenger volume had surpassed the 2003 full year figure by October 2004.

November 2004, in particular, proved to be a bumper month, with 2.71 million air travellers using Changi Airport.

In December 2004, passenger traffic in the first two weeks continued the strong growth trend, averaging 97,553 passengers a day, versus the daily average of 89,405 in first two weeks of December 2003. The strong showing in air travel this year is due in part to the economic pick-up worldwide and in the region.

The launch of operations at Changi Airport by nine airlines, four of which are budget carriers, and the attractive air ticket prices offered by both full service and budget airlines also boosted air travel demand.

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Dec 31, 2004
Record 30 million pass through Changi Airport
Numbers boosted by budget airlines which make up 7% of flights

THE number of passengers handled by Changi Airport this year crossed the 30 million mark for the first time, boosted by strong growth from the low-cost carriers operating here.

The latest figure beats the previous record of 29 million passengers set two years ago.

Thai AirAsia and the three Singapore-based carriers - Tiger Airways, Valuair and Qantas-backed Jet- star Asia - now account for about 7 per cent of Changi's total passenger flights.

Between February and last month, passenger traffic to places such as Bangkok, Hong Kong and Jakarta, which are served by budget airlines, increased by about 7 per cent from the same period in 2002.

Without the budget carriers, the growth would have been a much more modest 0.9 per cent.

Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong yesterday welcomed the contribution these airlines had made to the industry in Singapore.

Calling it 'a year of sterling growth' for Changi, Mr Yeo said it was achieved 'despite the increased competition from regional airports'.

Tiger, Valuair and Jetstar have also been encouraged to broaden their networks in the region, supported by the construction of a new low-cost carrier terminal at Changi, which is likely to be ready by the end of next year.

'We are well prepared for the growth of the low-cost carrier market in the region,' Mr Yeo said.

The volume of passengers at Changi has been growing steadily since the airport opened 23 years ago. Passenger volume passed the 10 million mark in 1986 and the 20 million mark in 1994.

But it may not be all clear skies in the months ahead as the regional travel industry braces itself for the potential fallout from Sunday's tsunami disaster.

'I think we can expect the number of travellers to the locations affected by the tsunami to drop until those locations are brought back to normal,' said Mr Yeo.

While Singapore has not been hit by the waves, many tourists who combine a visit here with other countries in the region may cancel their trips. But the impact, if any, will not be long term, he assured.

'It's like Sars. The initial impact will be one of concern on the part of travellers, but once they realise that it is not something that happens on an everyday basis, confidence will return very quickly,' said the minister, adding that he hopes to maintain visitor numbers at the same level next year.

To this end, Singapore has also been working on deals to liberalise air travel.

Earlier this week, for example, it inked an agreement with Brunei and Thailand allowing the countries' respective airlines an unlimited number of passenger services on any route between the three countries.

This invitation has been 'extended to all the other seven Asean members', said Mr Yeo.

Singapore and Australia are also discussing the terms for an open skies agreement.

Mr Yeo will be meeting his Australian counterpart in the middle of February.

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Old December 31st, 2004, 05:42 PM   #363
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05 January 2005

CAAS waives airport charges for humanitarian relief flights
By Joanne Leow, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is chipping in to support tsunami relief efforts.

It is waiving airport charges at Changi and Seletar Airports for flights involved in transporting humanitarian relief supplies to the affected areas.

CAAS will also be launching a drive to collect donations from the over 80,000 passengers who use Changi Airport daily.

It is setting up collection points inside the airport.

The amount collected will be donated to the Singapore Red Cross Society.

CAAS staff have also contributed some $22,000 to fund-raising efforts by the Singapore Red Cross. - CNA

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Good move! This mirrors the efforts made by the port as well.
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Jan 10, 2005
Turn old Kallang airport into aviation museum

THE recent closure of the Kallang used-car centre has exposed some original structures of the old Kallang airport, including its hangar.

Coupled with the impending move of the People's Association (PA) headquarters, currently occupying the former control tower and main passenger terminal, a wonderful opportunity arises for the entire area - including the old hangar and current PA headquarters' east and west blocks, which used to be the old airport's administrative buildings - to be conserved and converted into an aviation museum.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has a museum at its Paya Lebar airbase, but it focuses primarily on the history of the RSAF.

Despite the fact that Singapore has, over the years, developed into an international aviation hub - with Changi Airport chalking up yet another milestone in air travel recently - we do not have a dedicated museum which chronicles Singapore's impressive development in civil aviation.

Although a major theatre of battles during World War II, Singapore also does not have a museum which focuses on the air battles fought over the skies of Malaya in the early 1940s.

I have visited the military aviation museums in Darwin, Australia and Wanaka, New Zealand, and have been impressed by how simple old hangars have been converted into comprehensive and interesting display areas for actual vintage aircraft, aircraft models, old weaponry, veteran aviators' uniforms and, of course, photos and paintings.

Kallang - with its more impressive gateway carrying the old City of Singapore coat of arms and colonial-style buildings in the form of the already conserved main terminal and its yet to be conserved administration buildings with adjoining hangar - will prove to be even more attractive to the eye.

The former airport's proximity to the Kallang river basin could also be utilised to transform it into an interesting display area for old seaplanes which used to take off and land there.

If environmental controls allow, vintage ships and modern boats modelled like the old seaplanes could even offer joyrides in the Kallang Basin where old naval and civilian ships could also be moored and boarded by visitors.

Going by the response of the public to air force and navy open houses here and the thousands of tourists and enthusiasts thronging Wanaka's New Zealand Fighter Pilots' Museum every two years for its carnival and vintage aircraft flypasts, Kallang airport - with a family carnival, displays of old civil aircraft and WWII military planes and some vintage civil and naval ships - could prove to be a big draw for both Singaporeans and foreign tourists.

In addition, the old airport's proximity to the Kallang MRT station and the planned sports hub, plus the fact that it lies conveniently between Changi Airport and the city centre/Orchard Road, will make it a much more convenient tourist spot than the air force and navy museums located in far-flung military bases.

Museums around the world had asked for cell doors and windows of the old Changi Prison for their displays. We had the whole structure, including cell blocks, but knocked down everything except for a piece of wall and the gateway.

Let us hope that the buildings at the old airport will have a better fate.

The conservation of the old airport and its conversion into an aviation museum will serve to remind and educate generations of Singaporeans and foreigners on the courageous efforts put in and the costly lessons learnt in the defence of the skies over Malaya during World War II.

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Old January 11th, 2005, 01:55 PM   #367
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11 January 2005

Australia, Singapore to discuss SIA access to Australia-US route

SYDNEY : Transport ministers from Australia and Singapore will meet next month to discuss opening routes from Australia to the United States to Singapore Airlines, a move hotly contested by Qantas, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

A spokesman for Transport Minister John Anderson said the talks with Singapore counterpart Yeo Cheow Tong would take place in mid-February in Canberra and had been called at Singapore's request.

The meeting comes amid talk of a cut-throat competition war between the two carriers after Qantas set up a low-cost Asian airline based in Singapore, Jetstar Asia, putting it in direct competition with the Singapore flag carrier in its home market.

Flights between Australia and the United States are currently restricted to airlines from the two countries concerned, but the route is one of Qantas' most profitable.

The spokesman said the government was happy to talk to the Singaporeans about the issue and had some points of its own it wished to raise.

"The government will make its mind up after that and won't be pressured into making a decision," the spokesman said.

Australia would also be raising issues about limited access to market to Europe out of Singapore, he said.

Qantas has argued that it needs protection amid the turbulent world airline market after the attacks of September 11, 2001, but Singapore Airlines argues that the airline's soaring profits suggest otherwise.

The Australian flag carrier reported a record net profit of 648.4 million Australian dollars (US$460.4 million) for the year to June 2004.

Qantas has said giving Singapore Airlines access to the Australia-US routes would effectively put it at a competitive advantage. - AFP

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Like its Singapore's problem that the Australian govt isnt agreesively engaging in aviation liberation pacts with other markets??

Singapore has indeed done its homework. It already has open-skies policies with the US. Should the open-skies policy with Australia becomes truly open, then there is going to be nothing to stop SIA from flying any city pair between Australia and the US!

Qantas.....pee in your pants!
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Jan 15, 2005
Aerospace giant to build $28m plant
Biggest single investment in the industry here will create 330 jobs

By Nicholas Fang
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ANOTHER 330 new jobs are on the way after United States-based aerospace giant Hamilton Sundstrand yesterday announced the biggest ever investment in Singapore's growing aerospace industry.

The company's decision to build a $28 million factory at Changi North Rise, to make and assemble aircraft components for gearboxes, pumps and generators, caps off a strong week for Singapore on the jobs front.

On Thursday, two other multinationals - US-based ReedHycalog Singapore and Swiss company Leica Geosystems - unveiled a total of $28 million worth of projects, which will create 240 new jobs.

And on Monday, the Economic Development Board said total manufacturing and services investments here last year would generate 21,800 jobs - easily beating expectations.

At a ground-breaking ceremony for Hamilton Sundstrand's new facility yesterday, National Trades Union Congress secretary-general Lim Boon Heng said these investments would help Singapore lower its unemployment rate this year to close to 3 per cent.

Mr Lim, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, said the new aerospace parts factory would create a wide range of jobs.

'As I understand it, there will be jobs for a range of positions, from engineers to machinists,' he said.

Mr Lim also said Singapore's $4.4 billion aerospace industry was expected to continue growing this year, after notching up an average growth rate of 11 per cent over the past 10 years.

'In Singapore, the aerospace industry registered a solid growth of 14 per cent last year and the outlook for this year remains positive.'

Looking at the economy as a whole, Mr Lim said the prospects for the year ahead were 'reasonably good'.

'Also, what is so significant this year is that small and medium-sized enterprises are also saying they expect to employ more workers this year, so the employment prospects are reasonably good.'

Hamilton Sundstrand said yesterday it had appointed Singapore's Ascendas to develop its latest facility, which will have 160,000 square feet of space.

Construction work is expected to start immediately and be completed within nine months.

The company, which already has operations in Singapore, also said yesterday that future investment is expected when the scope of the project is finalised.

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Changi North went from empty reclaimed land to this in such a short time!
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woo...its time they made use of the land asap..its been sitting idle for so long!
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woo...its time they made use of the land asap..its been sitting idle for so long!
Haha yeah...I remember cycling that road back in 2002.....its like..wah.....the area sprouted up overnight without my knowledge. And now, you have major stuff going on there with almost no warning too!
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Indonesian carrier AWAIR's inaugural flight to Singapore cancelled

19 Jan 05

By Tan Soo See, Channel NewsAsia





SINGAPORE : A planned inaugural flight to Singapore by the Jakarta-based low cost carrier AWAIR failed to take off on Wednesday.

AWAIR, the Indonesian arm of Malaysia's AirAsia, was forced to cancel the flight because it had not received final clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).


AWAIR issued a statement and even called a news conference.

It blamed the cancellation on a last minute request from the CAAS for additional documents to be filed.

AWAIR said it had previously submitted all relevant, regulatory and safety-compliant documents to CAAS, and proceeded to sell tickets, believing it had fulfilled the requirements.

In response, the CAAS said that although AWAIR had indicated in mid-December that it wanted to fly to Singapore, the documents it submitted only showed that it had rights to operate domestic routes in Indonesia.

It was only late last Friday that it sent in documents confirming that it had approval from Indonesian authorities to fly here.

CAAS said AWAIR had gone ahead to sell tickets before receiving the green light to operate here.

This was confirmed by Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong who added that CAAS will give the necessary clearance to AWAIR as soon as it is satisfied that all the safety issues have been met.

AWAIR is hoping for an early resolution.

Sendjaja Widjaja, President Director of AWAIR, said: "We try to resolve as soon as possible. Tomorrow, we try to meet with the director of Air Transport. Hopefully, we could have a clearance when we could have a landing right to Singapore. Of course, at present we do not know until we meet the people from the air transport here."

AWAIR was relaunched as a low-fare no-frills carrier last year.

It operates domestic routes within Indonesia, and Singapore is its first overseas destination.

All 293 passengers who were scheduled to board the AWAIR flight on Wednesday were transferred to another airline. - CNA
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Business Times - 20 Jan 2005

S'pore to go all out for Aussie open skies deal

Long drawn out talks resume at Feb meet in Australia

By LIZA LIN

TRANSPORT minister Yeo Cheow Tong said yesterday the government would offer anything it could in exchange for a full open skies agreement with the Australian government.

Discussions on the long-drawn out agreement would resume when he meets Australian Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson in Australia next month, he said at the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)'s Annual Airport Reception.

Unlike previous meetings, when the pact had been hindered by Sars and the economic downturn, Mr Yeo is optimistic about February's meeting. He said: 'I can't see anything in front of me, I see a broad highway in the sky.'

He added: 'If it is full open skies, it means we'll give them everything. They can fly from Singapore to any destination in the world, and similarly for our airline, we can fly from Australia to anywhere in the world. So full open skies means there is no limitation at all.'

Describing 2004 as a 'year of non stop action', Mr Yeo said in a speech earlier that the year had seen a number of record achievements for the airport.

The number of passengers passing through Changi Airport last year reached a high of 30.35 million, up almost a quarter (23.1 per cent) from the 24.67 million in 2003.

Cargo traffic also reached highs of 1.78 million tonnes, up 10.2 per cent from the 1.61 million tonnes moved in 2003.

In addition, nine new airlines - four budget airlines and five full service airlines, have started flying to Changi and the airport added 15 new city links to the 175 they have now. These include Hangzhou, Amritsar and Moscow.

Changi Airport also received a total of 19 awards and accolades from international organisations and publications. It received the highest overall passenger satisfaction score among 89 airports polled in the recent Global Airport Satisfaction Index Study conducted by JD Power & Associates.

However, Mr Yeo cautioned against letting the past year's success lull them into complacency.

He said that as air traffic was set to grow by about 4 to 6 per cent per annum for the next 10 years, Changi Airport's policy was to plan ahead for changes in the market place.

One change would be the delivery of the new 555-seater Airbus 380s next year. A CAAS spokesperson told BT that the airport was also making arrangements to cater to the new A380s ordered by Singapore Airlines, which can seat 25 per cent more passengers than the existing competition.

Some $45 million would be spent on modification works.

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Sigh...again....


Qantas seems to have posted some nice profits recently leh!
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24 January 2005
Singapore says close to full open-skies agreement with Australia

SINGAPORE : Singapore and Australia are close to signing a full open-skies agreement that would give Singapore Airlines (SIA) access to lucrative Australia-United States routes, Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said Monday.

While declining to comment on when the deal would be inked, Yeo said significant progress was likely to be made in February when he and Australian Transport Minister John Anderson meet in Canberra.

"Both John Anderson and I agreed that once the aviation industry stabilises, post September 11, we'll sit down and do the final steps to a full open-skies agreement," he told reporters.

"I think that the aviation industry has not just settled down but has also recovered strongly so I think the timing is right, just about now," he said.

The two countries signed an agreement in September 2003 that expanded bilateral air links and gave Qantas rights to use Singapore as a base to fly to Europe and beyond.

Singapore Airlines, however, was denied reciprocal rights to fly from Australia to the United States, with Canberra seeking to protect national carrier Qantas from competition on the profitable Australia-Los Angeles route.

The Australian government had cited the poor state of the local aviation industry following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, as a reason for holding back on full liberalisation.

Yeo said Singapore's allowing of Qantas-backed budget carrier Jetstar Asia to operate from the city-state last year was another "big development" that he would point to in talks with Anderson, who is also Australia's deputy prime minister.

"Such a move will benefit Qantas to a huge extent and we'll be happy to give Qantas whatever they want," he said.

Yeo was speaking at a regional aviation conference, where he repeated Singapore's receptiveness towards signing open-skies agreements with all interested parties.

"We will continue to liberalise air service agreements through bilateral or multilateral agreements with other countries and we will always be ready for open skies agreements," he said. - AFP

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Business Times - 24 Jan 2005

S'pore to start 2nd Fund to support airline expansion

SINGAPORE - Singapore will set up a new fund to support and facilitate the expansion of airlines here, Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong announced on Monday.

The new fund is to replace the existing Air Hub Development Fund which expires at the end of this year, Mr Yeo said at the Asia Pacific & Middle East Aviation and Tourism Outlook conference.

More than $105 million have been disbursed to 44 airlines since it was launched in 2003 after the Sars outbreak, he said.

Qantas Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Air China, China Eastern Airlines Corp, China Southern Airline Co and Air India are among the airlines that have received disbursements from the Fund because they had contributed significantly to Changi Airport's growth over the years.

Some of incentives under the Fund include rewards for starting new services and new city links to increase Changi Airport's air network.

'Growing the passenger arrivals is very important because that's our role as a regional business hub to enhance tourism,' Mr Yeo added.

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S'pore ready to grant Qantas full open skies: Cheow Tong


25 Jan 05

But it expects SIA to get same freedom from Australia to fly trans-Pacific route

By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) Singapore is ready to grant Australian carrier Qantas full open skies. But it expects Australia to give Singapore Airlines the same freedom to fly the lucrative trans-Pacific route, Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said yesterday.

'Australia already enjoys significant 5th freedom rights and the remaining limitations on Qantas are very few,' he told reporters on the sidelines of an aviation conference. 'We'll be very happy to open our skies to Qantas, even tomorrow.'

Mr Yeo, who said Qantas is already benefiting from setting-up its low cost subsidiary JetStar Asia in Singapore, expressed optimism that Singapore and Australia will finalise a time-frame for an open-skies pact when he meets his Australian counterpart John Anderson next month.

'We'll work on a time-frame that is fair to everyone,' Mr Yeo said. 'We don't want to negotiate for months.'

Such a deal could end SIA's long and frustrating wait to get in on the 14-hour Australia-Los Angeles route, which is now a duopoly between Qantas and United Airlines.

Singapore and Australia signed an MOU on an expanded air services agreement in September 2003, allowing the airlines of both countries to fly between Singapore and Australian cities, as well as to other intermediate points and third countries beyond. But full implementation was deferred.

'This route (Australia-Los Angeles) has severe under-capacity, and sooner or later competition has to emerge,' SIA chief executive Chew Choon Seng said last week.

While Australian tourism players and businesses have made it clear they would welcome SIA flying the route, Qantas has been a staunch opponent - not surprising given that the route is said to generate as much as 20 per cent of the Australian carrier's profit.

At yesterday's Asia Pacific and Middle East Aviation & Tourism Outlook 2005 conference, Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon again set out his airline's position.

'Qantas is an end-of-the-line carrier and we need multilateral agreements to benefit from open skies with Singapore,' he said.

'Even if we have open skies now, Qantas cannot replicate 60 per cent of SIA's routes. This is not Singapore's fault, and the Australian government has not replicated bilateral agreements with other governments (which would benefit Qantas).

'And even if we had full multilateral agreements, we still wouldn't have an open market, given the strong (anti-competitive) policies in other countries. It has never been, and will never be, in the foreseeable future, a level playing field.'

Mr Dixon said the issue is not protecting Qantas, which he said competes every day with over 40 airlines. He also expressed surprise at Mr Yeo's reference to Jetstar Asia.

'I am surprised that the minister brought that into the equation,' he said. 'SIA has invested 49 per cent in Virgin Atlantic. They can do the same in Australia, which does not prevent anyone setting up a domestic carrier.'

Peter Harbison, the managing director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation, described the debate as a 'big bilateral issue brewing'.

Australia will have to decide whether its national interest is best served by greater inbound tourism or having the national flag carrier dominate an important route, he said. 'I would personally welcome SIA's entry as I am sure it will participate as a responsible player, and not offer silly fares.'

But Mr Harbison said SIA would have to think too about domestic feeds, an area in which Qantas has a stranglehold.

In another area, Mr Yeo revealed yesterday that Singapore will renew its Air Hub Development Fund, as the existing $210 million fund launched in 2003 nears expiry this year. The fund helps airlines defray some of the cost of operating out of Changi and is disbursed in the form of discounts on airline user fees and promotional activities. Mr Yeo said the specifics of the new fund will be revealed later. Last night, Mr Yeo was named the Capa Asia Pacific Aviation Minister of the Year.
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Business Times - 25 Jan 2005

CPG Consultants bags Chinese airport terminal contracts

By LIZA LIN

CPG Consultants (CPG) has landed two contracts to develop airport terminal buildings in the Chinese cities of Wuhan and Shanghai, adding to its expanding portfolio of airport consultancy projects.

It currently has 15 overseas airport-related developments. Previously, the consultancy firm helped design the three terminals of Changi Airport and has worked on projects in Fiji, Laos and India.

CPG secured the contract to design the second terminal of Wuhan Tianhe Airport, beating consultancy firms from seven other countries such as France, Germany, Japan in an international design competition held by the airport authority in August last year.

Curved lines and the potential for future expansion proved to be the winning formula for CPG in its design of the new 100,000 sq m building, which will cost an estimated US$160 million.

The design features curved lines in the building's planning arrangement and distinctive roof form, and provides flexibility for expansion of the terminal should passenger load exceed the expected 12 million a year.

In addition, CPG was also appointed last October to provide specialist terminal planning and design services for Phase Two of the Shanghai Pudong Airport Terminal Two.

Phase Two includes the building of a second passenger terminal, car park and roadway system.

Long Ge, deputy director of the East China Architectural Design and Research Institute (ECADI) and principal consultant of the project, said the ECADI chose CPG because of its varied experience in international airports. He added this made CPG 'more than competent to undertake this prestigious project'.

A team of eight in Wuhan and a team of more than 10 in Pudong will spend stints in China providing terminal planning, project management, quantity surveying consultancy services, and architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering for both projects.

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Jet confirms flight to Singapore


(SINGAPORE) India's Jet Airways will start services to Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur by the middle of this year.

The carrier's chief executive Wolfgang Prock-Schauer confirmed this on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific & Middle East Aviation and Tourism Outlook 2005 conference yesterday. 'We will run daily services from Mumbai and Chennai, and our fares will be very competitive,' he said.

Jet, with 33 Boeing 737 aircraft and eight turbo-prop ATR 72-500, is one of the youngest in Asia-Pacific and has won frequent awards from the travel industry for best in-flight service.

Passenger numbers have grown steadily and the airline currently controls 45 per cent of the Indian domestic market.

Mr Prock-Schauer said that his airline would be acquiring 17 Boeing 737 aircraft for delivery by 2007, and several more wide-bodied aircraft, to boost its existing fleet as it spread its wings overseas.

The airline recently started advertising for crew in Singapore newspapers. In his address yesterday, Mr Prock-Schauer pointed out that India was not an easy market for low cost carriers.

'Two-thirds of costs, such as airport charges, fuel and maintenance, are beyond the control of airline operators,' he said.

'That leaves a cost advantage of under 35 per cent, compared with 55 per cent in the US and Europe.'

He said that a full service airline like Jet could easily hold its own against low cost upstarts with astute yield management, careful cost control, innovative fares and good service.

'Jet is the number one domestic carrier in India,' he said. 'We are well positioned to capitalise on the growing demand for air travel both domestically and internationally.'

The airline, which made 1.3 billon rupees (S$48.6 million) in profit during the first half to end-September 2004 and expects to chalk up record profit for the full year ending March 2005, is preparing for its impending initial public offering.

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