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Old April 10th, 2004, 08:06 PM   #21
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Well. It is good, then that the upgrading works are on-going. They may not be the same as creating a new airport, but if no one have major problems with the traffic flow and so on, then why the need to rebuild everyting?
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I was passing there this evening and saw that the new glass facade of the new wing of T2 is completed, and also they have completed the first arch for the new facade. (The upgrading works involve designing arches for the facade of the Departure Hall)
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a new pillar at t2's customs i think... 09/04/04

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Old April 12th, 2004, 11:36 AM   #24
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Geez....is this a retrofitted pillar or a new fake pillar??
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maybe just a pillar with new cladding?
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Old April 12th, 2004, 05:34 PM   #26
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maybe just a pillar with new cladding?
Ok....that would be more acceptable....I wont want to see them adding fake pillars and reducing the airy feel of the place!
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Old April 15th, 2004, 09:10 AM   #27
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APRIL 15, 2004 THU
Good news for Changi as flights increase

Airport shows its first jump in weekly flights since Sars struck and rise in passenger traffic is its biggest in a year

By Karamjit Kaur


THE clouds are clearing for Changi Airport, which recorded its first increase in weekly flights last month since Sars hit Singapore a year ago. It handled more than 3,400 flights a week on average, a rise lifted by the extra flights introduced by 12 airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Garuda and Emirates.

As a result, passenger traffic hit 2.37 million - a 6.7 per cent rise over the figure for March last year and the biggest jump in 12 months, said a Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore spokesman. The extra 150,000 passengers last month helped raise the traffic in the first quarter of this year to 7.05 million passengers, a 1.7 per cent increase over the same period last year.

Another boost came from the pick-up in the economy. It raised the volume of cargo moved to 156,000 tonnes, a 7.4 per cent jump over March last year, which helped lift the first quarter's volume to 416,000 tonnes, a 7.5 per cent increase against the same period last year.

These figures were welcomed by analysts such as DBS Vickers aviation analyst Chris Sanda, who said Changi was on the right track in defending its air hub status.

Changi's vulnerability was put in the spotlight recently by Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew, as airports in Thailand and Malaysia and as far away as Dubai seek to wrest away business. The arrival of new ultra-long-range aircraft such as the Airbus A340-500 has also led airlines such as Emirates to bypass Singapore.

Mr Sanda, however, noted that 'Changi has put forward a strong set of incentives to keep Singapore as a transport hub'. These include discounts that have helped Changi's landing, parking and aerobridge charges to be the lowest in the region, after Malaysia's. Still, Mr Lee said recently that Changi needed to cut costs by as much as 15 per cent to stay attractive.

Another challenge was to get budget airlines to fly here, the analysts said. Singapore is considering a low-cost terminal bordering the main Changi terminals and will go ahead if Tiger Airways, a new budget airline being set up by Singapore Airlines with several partners, agrees to use it. The four budget airlines in the works are expected to start flying before the year ends.

Mr Sanda is confident that Changi will benefit from the 'increasing traffic volume that budget airlines will help generate'.
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Emirates to build offices, passenger lounge at Changi

DUBAI-BASED Emirates Airline is spending more than $1 million to build a posh new passenger lounge and two new offices at Changi Airport, plus a city office, which shows its long-term confidence in and commitment to Singapore.

The investment is significant and comes more than three months after Emirates started flying non-stop between Dubai and Sydney, bypassing Singapore. In June, it will start direct flights for its Melbourne route as well.

When Emirates started the non-stop Dubai-Sydney service, experts suggested it would hurt Changi Airport in its competition with other regional airports - with Dubai and Bangkok, two of the biggest contenders - to grow its air hub status. But Emirates' area manager for Singapore and Brunei, Mr Stephen Chu, emphasised that the non-stop services do not signal a scaling-down of its operations here.

Speaking to The Straits Times before the official opening of the new city office at Parkview Square in North Bridge Road yesterday, he said that Emirates continues to operate 36 flights a week out of Changi, the same as before the non-stop run to Sydney. 'Out of Dubai, Emirates flies more often to Changi than any other airport in the region,' he said.

Singapore is likely to be a stopover when Emirates starts flying the new jumbo Airbus 380 aircraft in 2006, he said. 'We're still studying the routes but one service being considered is Dubai-Singapore-New Zealand-US-Dubai.' Hong Kong is also being considered.

Mr Chu added: 'As long as Singapore keeps attracting people, we will keep flying here.'
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SPEECH BY MR YEO CHEOW TONG MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EMIRATES AIRLINE OFFICE THURSDAY, 8 APRIL, 7.15 PM, PARKVIEW SQUARE

Mr Asim Mirza Alrahmah, Chargé d’Affaires, UAE Embassy

Mr Richard Vaughan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, East-Asia & Australasia,

Mr Stephen Chu, Area Manager, Singapore and Brunei,

I am delighted to be here today for the official opening ceremony of Emirates Airline’s new office at Parkview Square.

Open Skies Agreement Between Singapore and the United Arab Emirates

Less than two months ago, the United Arab Emirates Minister of Communications, His Excellency Ahamed Bin Humaid Al-Tayer, and I signed the Open Skies Agreement between Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. It was a significant agreement, and a testament to the positive ties that exist between Singapore and the UAE.

Emirates Airline, the leading airline in the UAE, has made good use of the liberal air services agreement between our two countries. Emirates had humble beginnings. It started operations in 1985 with two leased aircraft. Today, just short of its 20th birthday, it has become one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, with a network that serves more than 70 destinations in over 50 countries.

Emirates’ Growth and Expansion at Changi

In tandem with its global expansion, Emirates has also grown its operations to and through Changi. In 1990, when Emirates first started operations in Singapore, it only had four weekly flights between Dubai and Singapore. Today, it has since grown to become one of Changi’s key airline partners. Emirates currently operates a total of 72 passenger and 2 freight weekly flights to and through Singapore, serving a diverse range of regional destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Colombo, Jakarta and of course Dubai. In the past six months, Emirates has also extended its daily Dubai-Singapore-Melbourne service to Auckland, and introduced another new daily service to Auckland via Singapore and Brisbane.

Singapore’s Commitment to Foreign Airlines

The growth and expansion of Emirates Airline’s operations at Changi is a positive example of Singapore’s commitment to work with all our airlines partners, and help them grow their operations here. Singapore has always placed strong emphasis on building close working relationships between ourselves and our airline partners. Regardless of whether an airline is a large international carrier or a small regional carrier, we believe in providing excellent service to all.

Besides working closely with airlines to facilitate their operations, Changi Airport is also continuously undergoing improvements to ensure that we offer the state-of-the-art facilities and services to our customers. Changi’s Terminal 2 is currently being upgraded and the upgrading of Terminal 1 will start next year. We aim to provide a modern, efficient and pleasant airport environment to all our airlines and passengers regardless which terminal they use.

Furthermore, in recognition of the importance of our airline partners’ contributions to Changi, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has numerous programmes and schemes to encourage airlines to increase their operations at Changi Airport. This includes the 3-year, S$210 million Air Hub Development Fund started in January 2003, as well as the recently launched Growth Incentive Scheme. We welcome feedback from our airline partners on these schemes, as well as ideas on how we can further assist them in their operations here.

Conclusion

Let me conclude by once again congratulating Emirates on the opening of its beautiful and expanded office today as we celebrate the airline’s confidence in the region and its commitment to Singapore. I wish Emirates continued success in the years ahead.
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Sci-fi access cards for airport staff

The biometric card expected to be in use early next year will identify a person by his fingerprint, iris or even voice

By Karamjit Kaur


FACING a danger unlike any other, Changi Airport disclosed yesterday that security is going to be further tightened, with an access card that is standard fare in sci-fi and spy movies.

The biometric card, to be introduced early next year, will identify a person by a unique human trait, say his fingerprints, the iris of his eyes or even his voice.

This latest technology will be embedded in the computer-coded cards of about 90,000 airport staff, tenants and contractors, who will use them for entry into restricted areas.

The move was disclosed yesterday by Dr Balaji Sadasivan, Minister of State (Health and Transport), who however stressed that biometric passports for Singaporeans will be long in coming.

These passports, which the United States is likely to require before year-end, would be introduced 'much, much later', and probably given to regular travellers first, said Dr Balaji.

He was talking to reporters yesterday at the opening of Avsec 2004 Conference and Exhibition, a gathering Sats Security holds once in two years for aviation security experts and agencies.

Later, a Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore spokesman told The Straits Times that a tender for the biometric card will be called between July and September but for the moment, the details on what kind of card is preferred are not finalised yet.

The move by Changi Airport would be the first done on such a wide scale in Singapore, as the country, like others, looks at ways and means to fortify aviation security since the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US.

Air marshals now fly on selected Singapore Airlines flights and recently, all 5,000 of its cabin crew went through a one-day training programme on how to communicate when passengers become threatening and the defensive tactics to use.

Mr Aaron Le Boutillier, managing director of Conflict Solutions Asia, who did the training, said that 97 per cent of the time, effective communication will solve the problem. His tip: Never tell an angry man to calm down.

'Instead, ask him what the problem is, maybe offer him a drink and try and get him to talk to you,' he said, when speaking at the three-day Avsec conference.

When all else fails, he taught cabin crew how to restrain a passenger - as a team and not alone.

Security is also a priority at Singapore's low-fare start-up Valuair, which has fitted cameras in its two planes.

Said Ms Heather Fitzpatrick, its safety and quality assurance manager in a recent interview with The Straits Times: 'We are a low-cost carrier but we do not compromise on safety.'

The various moves here have won praise from terrorism specialist Rohan Gunaratna, who heads the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism in Singapore.

Speaking to reporters after his keynote address at the conference, he stressed that it is critical for systems and practices to be reviewed and modified regularly to outfox terrorists.

It is not necessary to buy expensive systems every few months. It can be as simple as, say, changing the checkpoint door frequently or even using mobile checkpoints. 'This way, you continually surprise the people who are planning to harm you.'

Homing in on the aviation industry, Dr Gunaratna said the Iraq invasion has heightened the threat as it has 'given a new lease of life to terrorist groups'.

Urging it to be vigilant and proactive, he said: 'Governments are not going to warn you of every impending attack. That is why security measures must be based on your intelligence as well.'

In all this, the public plays a critical role, he added. That is one reason why the US has not fallen victim again to a terror attack since Sept 11, 2001.
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Seems that Emirates plans to use Singapore as a hub since theyre investing in new facilities here?
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Seems that Emirates plans to use Singapore as a hub since theyre investing in new facilities here?
That may very well be, and lets hope they do intend to keep the hub! I am worried the A345 may render us obsolete to them, but apparently, their mega A380 purchase might end up them having to use us still!
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Changi is top for passenger satisfaction

Singapore Changi Airport was ranked the highest for passenger satisfaction in the 2003 Global Airport Passenger Satisfaction Study for medium size airports (10 million to 29.9 million passengers per year) for the second consecutive year. The study was conducted by J.D Power and Associates. Hong Kong International Airport was second, followed by Pittsburgh International Airport. For the large airports (30 million passengers or more per year), Frankfurt was top, followed by Dever International and Minneapolis St. Paul International.

The study, which involved more than 12,000 respondents worldwide, ranked 61 airports by their passenger satisfaction. Passengers evaluated the overall airport experience on nine factors: getting to the terminal; leaving the airport; check-in process; baggage claim; airport terminal facilities; security check; gate areas; concessions; and immigration/customs control.
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(Dosent show Terminal 3 thou)

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IA starting 2nd daily S'pore-Chennai flight

26 April 2004


(SINGAPORE) Indian Airlines will launch a second daily flight connecting Singapore and Chennai from next month to meet rising demand.

The new evening flight will deploy an Airbus 320 aircraft and depart Singapore at 8.55 pm, in addition to the existing daily morning service.

Indian Airlines already operates daily flights from Singapore to Bangkok, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

Last week Thai Airways announced more services to India. It said it will expand its services between Bangkok and Bangalore due to high demand by IT professionals travelling to the US, via that route.

Indian Airlines, which first flew to Singapore in 1987, announced earlier this month it planned to lease six Airbus A320 and five A319 aircraft this year to boost capacity.

It recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore Airport Terminal Services to manage ground handling at 23 India airports.

State-owned Air India is the only other Indian airline operating between Singapore and the sub-continent, which has seen a surge in air travel in the last two years.
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2004-04-30

南航辟南昌飞我国航线

  本地旅客即日起可直飞中国江西,中国南方航空开辟新航线,每周三次从南昌飞新加坡。

  这个中国南昌—新加坡国际航线于前天正式开通。由江西省副省长孙刚率领的代表团乘搭首航飞抵本地,昨天在香格里拉大酒店举行江西旅游与新航班的推介会。

  目前,每年从江西飞抵新加坡的旅客估计有1万人次,飞往江西的新加坡游客,则估计有5000人次。

  孙刚接受本报访问时表示,来往江西与新加坡之间的旅客人次,与中国其他城市比较不算高,他认为这是因为宣传不够。

  他希望新的航线能吸引更多旅客,两地的旅游业者也能加强宣传力度。

  江西省旅游局也有兴趣开发以新加坡游客为对象的古文化旅游线,满足我国旅客对古迹旅游点的兴趣。

  另外,江西省旅游局也会留意新加坡旅客对一些基本设施的需求,例如改善公共厕所的设施。

  从南昌飞新加坡(经停广州)的班机是每周一、三、五,飞抵新加坡时间是晚上11时零5分。

  新加坡飞南昌(经停广州)的班机则是每周二、四、六,起飞时间上午8时35分,下午3时20分飞抵南昌。
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Next stop, Changi Airport

Business Times - 01 May 2004

By CORINNE KERK

SK-II opening counters at Changi Airport may not seem like a big deal to the man in the street. But not so to the folks at the airport, who have apparently been trying to get the skincare brand into its duty free shopping scene in the last few years.

In fact, it is apparently with some glee that Nuance-Watson, operator of the perfumes and cosmetics concessions at Changi Airport, got SK-II before Hong Kong International Airport did, making Changi the first airport in South-east Asia to do so and third in the world, after Japan's Narita and Korea's Incheon.

So, the question is, what's so great about SK-II that gets airports all excited?

Well, its success - despite a relatively short presence on the skincare scene.

The brand was born in 1980 in a Max Factor unit in Japan. Its core ingredient is Pitera, a yeast derivative found in sake, which promises to enhance the skin's natural renewal cycle of 28 days.

Despite being fairly pricey - from $21 for a Facial Treatment Mask to $230 for a Facial Treatment Concentrate Cream - figures from the Association of Perfumes and Cosmetics Distributors show that SK-II is currently the number one prestige skincare and cosmetics brand in department stores here.

Its counter sales of $20 to $25 million last year, even exceed those of brands which include revenue from fragrances - a product category SK-II doesn't have.

Indeed, since it entered the local market in late 1999, sales have doubled every year, and Chip Bergh, president of SK-II's parent company Procter & Gamble (Asean, Australasia and India), expects the sterling growth to continue this year.

But why is it that a simply packaged, high-price product can have such a lure? Is it because of celebrity endorsers who claim to be true SK-II fans even before they were paid to tout its wares?

'The product really works,' claims Mr Bergh, who uses it himself and is happy to plug its efficacy. 'And when we talk to SK-II users, that's the first thing they say.'

On top of that, its personalised service, high-tech skin analyser and good relationship with its customers - it has a loyalty card base of some 50,000 here - also help.

The fact that SK-II is an incredible moneyspinner isn't lost on opportunists either. The company is battling parallel imports as well as something more sinister - counterfeit products.

'We've caught people in Singapore selling counterfeit products,' says Mr Bergh. 'So the message to consumers is, if you want the real SK-II, buy from our counters.'

As for Changi, it was chosen, says Mr Bergh, because it's a 'prestige airport' and one of the top airports in the world.

The airport counters - unique for featuring revolving carousels and boasting skin analysis machines - will eventually contribute an estimated 20 per cent of total SK-II sales in Singapore.

But Mr Bergh is confident this won't come at the expense of department store ones. He cites the example of its inflight duty free sales on Singapore Airlines (SIA), where the five products it offers are also the airline's topsellers in the cosmetic and fragrance category.

'There were some concerns when we launched on SIA in September 2002 that it will cannibalise department store sales, but we saw no such effect,' explains Mr Bergh. 'It was all incremental business.'

Also, unlike some other brands which may sell at big discounts of up to 40 per cent compared with downtown stores, the price difference for SK-II at the airport is just the Goods and Services Tax, that is, 5 per cent.

Globally, SK-II sales total US$500 million - which is not bad at all for what was just 'a tiny brand' when P&G bought it over back in 1991.

'P&G has 13 US$1 billion brands,' says Mr Bergh. 'And we feel SK-II has the potential to become one of these brands in the next few years.'

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SK-II? So transit passengers are going to choose to fly through this airport just to buy their products?
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SK-II? So transit passengers are going to choose to fly through this airport just to buy their products?
Well if you are a frequent user of SKII, and you know you can get it duty free in changi plus you are a frequent traveller(or who always transit in Changi), why not???
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