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Old January 26th, 2005, 03:51 PM   #381
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Jan 27, 2005
Checked-in baggage screened automatically

WE REFER to Mr Tan Hock Choon's letter, 'Why screening hassle if there are fail-safe scans?' (ST, Jan 22).

The Singapore Police Force and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore have invested in new technology to maintain a high level of security, and to improve passenger screening processes.

We recently introduced a 100 per cent hold baggage screening system at Changi Airport. With this system, checked-in baggage will be screened automatically in the baggage-handling area.

This will save passengers some time in the check-in process as there will be no need to queue for baggage screening before check-in.

Since last July, we have phased in the hold baggage screening system in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The system was implemented in stages to test its reliability, which includes running the new system in tandem with the existing screening process at check-in rows.

The hold baggage screening system will be fully commissioned by the end of the month.

We take a serious view of any security breach at Changi Airport. Police would like to request that Mr Tan contact the Chief Investigation Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Lim Chong Hoe, on 6546-3297 to provide us with more information about the incident on Jan 19.

We thank Mr Tan for his feedback.

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Business Times - 31 Jan 2005

Landing at Changi: Three Brek Ristorante outlets

The present restaurant aims for $2-3m revenues in 2005 and $3-4m in 2006

By ANDREA TAN

GET a fresh taste of Italy. Nubis, the new casual dining company set up by Italian food giant Gruppo Pam, is eyeing six outlets in Asia within two years and will spend $10 million in its expansion plans.

Nubis recently set up its first Brek outlet outside Italy through Nuance Watson, a joint venture of The Nuance Group and AS Watson - one of the five core divisions of Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing's Hutchison Whampoa.

The 100-seat Brek Ristorante in Changi Airport is targeting revenues of $2-3 million in 2005 and $3-4 million in 2006, Nuance Watson's general manager Ken Tse told BT. He added that Nuance Watson was looking at up to three Brek outlets in Changi Airport. Nubis is a joint venture between Cibis and the Nuance group, both of which are units under Gruppo Pam.

'We want to invest heavily in Asia and are looking at airports where Nuance and Nuance Watson already has a presence,' said Marina Bastianello, director at Cibis. 'But we want to do it one step at a time and the opportunities depends on what's available and up for tender at these airports.'

Nuance Watson pumped about $750,000 for its 315 square metre outlet in Changi Airport Terminal 2. 'We want to introduce the fresh tastes of Italy to Asia,' she said. 'All our ingredients are imported from Italy and the chefs are trained there too. Nothing is pre-cooked; everything is fresh.'

'The Nuance group has a presence in 61 airports, so there's lots of ground to cover and plenty of potential,' she added. 'We want to be in medium to large airports where we can have a visible presence.'

The Nuance group is the world's largest travel retailer with 360 shops in 18 countries and 61 airports. Nuance Watson operates 15 stores in Changi Airport and runs the perfumes and cosmetics concession.

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Business Times - 01 Feb 2005

Australia keen to expand aviation ties with S'pore

SINGAPORE - Australia is eager to sign a free trade agreement with the Association of South-east Asian Nations, and wants to expand civil aviation links with Singapore, Australia's Prime Minister said on Tuesday.

Talks on an open skies agreement between Australia and Singapore are underway, Mr John Howard said at a news conference with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

'It involves vigorous bargaining on both sides to make things work,' he said.

Singapore and Canberra expanded bilateral aviation links in September 2003, but stopped short of signing an open skies agreement that would have given Singapore Airlines unfettered access to profitable trans-Pacific routes out of Australia.

Australia's flag carrier, Qantas Airways, objected to such an agreement, saying the domestic airline industry should be given a chance to recover first.

At a conference hosted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Mr Howard told businessmen that 'our region has seen many success stories ... through the embracing of globalisation'.

Australia has signed free trade agreements with Singapore, the United States and Thailand. A similar deal with the 10-member Asean grouping would give it greater access to a market of nearly 500 million people.

At a South-east Asian summit in Laos in November, Australia signed an accord with Asean to launch talks in early 2005, aiming for trade pacts within two years.

'This is the part of the world where we relate most in the geographical and strategic sense,' Mr Howard said on Tuesday. He said Asean would in turn benefit from Australia's strong relationships with Europe and the United States.

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03 February 2005

Qantas and British Airways open new $11.25m lounge at Changi Airport
By Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : The Qantas and British Airways have unveiled a new business lounge at Changi Airport on Thursday morning.

Upgraded at a cost of over S$11 million, the lounge features all the trappings of a luxurious hideaway, complete with elegant furnishings and designer lights.

It is also 3 times larger than the previous lounge, with a seating capacity for 400 passengers.

Besides the entertainment zone, the lounge also offers an a full range of business facilities and IT stations.

There are also 20 spa-like shower suites for those who need to freshen up.

The 2 airlines said they are hopeful that the recent tsunami disaster will not have a prolonged impact on air travel in the region.

Stephen Limbrick, the regional general manager of Qantas and British Airways South East Asia said: "We found that the previous facility wasn't appropriate caring for the growing market that we are enjoying through Singapore and Singapore is a key hub for Qantas and British Airways on the kangaroo route between Australia, UK, Europe, there is also continuing growth in the premium market and business class markets."

Kevin George, Head of Departure Product for British Airways added, "The tsunami was a major event and we hope that they will not have prolonged impact to the market in this region and indeed, the fact that today, British Airways and Qantas have opened a new lounge here shows our commitment to the market, to Singapore and to our business customers." - CNA

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Business Times - 04 Feb 2005

Transport engineering doing well

Record growth last year saw industry output hit a record $12.4 billion

By ALEXANDRA HO

THE transport engineering industry looks set to maintain its momentum this year and beyond, even as it pulled off a remarkable turnaround last year after 2003's dismal performance.

Propelled by last year's record growth in sectors such as aerospace, and marine and offshore engineering, the industry's output grew 18.4 per cent over 2003 to hit a record $12.4 billion.

Bouncing back after last year's output dip, the aerospace sector looks set for sunny skies as Singapore benefits from the increasing outsourcing trend in the maintenance, repair and overhaul industry and low-cost airlines' development.

Also working in favour of the transport engineering industry was the robust recovery in the marine and offshore engineering sector, as ships which held back on repairs in 2003 went full steam ahead with them last year. EDB also expects sustained demand from explorations and production activities to boost the sector's growth.

Last year was a good year for the logistics sector, as major international logistics companies committed projects here, while the specialised logistics infrastructure at Changi and Jurong Island saw strong take-up rates. A second multi-tenant facility will be built at the Airport Logistics Park to meet demand this year as Phase 1 was fully committed last year.

EDB said the logistics industry looks set to keep growing as Singapore positions itself to take advantage of companies optimising supply chains and expanding Asian operations.

Asked if Singapore's relentless pursuit of free-trade agreements had paid off, EDB pointed out that it had helped the transport engineering sector. 'For many of the products under the transport engineering sectors, the free trade agreements either reduced the tariffs or even eradicated them totally,' EDB's Logistics & Transport Cluster director Manohar Khiatani said at the annual sectoral briefing yesterday.

Clear beneficiaries include companies in the automotive components sector. Mr Khiatani said its project decisions are made based on the savings they can achieve through the FTAs with Singapore's major trading partners.

But the EDB acknowledged that it isn't time for the industries to rest on their laurels. 'In today's environment, our competition is really global. We're competing for manufacturing projects where companies are not only looking at Asian countries as alternatives but deciding on whether they should extend their existing facilities in their own developed countries, in East Europe and elsewhere,' said Mr Khiatani.

And one area EDB is watching to ensure Singapore remains competitive is costs. 'When we say total cost, we're not only talking about service. We're talking about impact on the bottom line. So when people like Reed or eSys do their sums, they look at the bottom line, they don't give us premiums for smiling at them,' Mr Khiatani deadpanned.

Smiling or not, the EDB said it will keep working to ensure it matches last year's investment commitments from the logistics industry this year.

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Singapore model for city airport: experts
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Ahmedabad, January 22: To make the Ahmedabad international airport comparable with Singapore airport, a six-member committee of the aviation experts has suggested development of shopping malls, entertainment zones and jewellery markets.

This was its conclusion after making a survey in collaboration with the Airports Authority of India officials as to how to increase the passenger flow to the city. This was stated by Airport Director N S Jaldhari here on Saturday while addressing a seminar on ‘‘Air travel made easy and affordable’’, organised by the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI). He said the committee had submitted its report to Civil Aviation Ministry in December-end.

He said work on modelling the Ahmedabad international airport on lines of Singapore airport would pick up speed from March onwards. About the domestic terminal, he said more facilities would be added to cater the needs of the arriving passengers. A cargo complex was also planned at the domestic airport, he said.

Earlier, speaking on the latest trends in air travel, Bharati Tikle of Indian Airlines and Snehal Avashia of Jet Airways besides officials from Sahara Airlines and Air Deccan made presentations about strengths of their organisations and their flight schemes offering various concessions on various sectors.

Welcoming the guests, GCCI president Chinubhai Shah said recent decisions taken by the Central Government would help the aviation industry grow with open sky policy but competition would grow hotter with fares coming down.

Quoting a forecast from Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, he said total air traffic in India would grow by five million passengers per year for the next 10 years while the domstic air traffic should grow to around 23 million passengers.

About Ahmedabad airport, he said issues like building a connecting road between domestic and international airports, need to expand waiting area at customs and immigration and streamlining of baggage delivery area and customs checking area needed to be addressed.

GCCI’s aviation committee chairperson Pritiben Parikh and co-chairperson Natubhai Shah stressed importance of augmenting tourist infrastructure in the city for develpment of the airport facilities.
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Qantas and British Airways open new $11.25m lounge at Changi Airport
good to see that these long-time users are investing more here!
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Feb 11, 2005
Hopeful signs for S'pore-Australian aviation talks
Real chance of deal giving SIA greater access to Australian market

By Roger Maynard
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TALKS aimed at persuading the Australian government to authorise an open-skies agreement allowing Singapore Airlines (SIA) to fly its planes on the lucrative North American route in direct competition to Qantas will get under way here on Monday.

Singapore's Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong will meet Australia's Transport Minister John Anderson in the hope of making headway in the campaign to win greater access for SIA in the Australian aviation market.

While both sides are some way from agreement, sources believe that there is now a very real chance of reaching a deal later this year.

That could mean a phased introduction of services, possibly involving Brisbane or Melbourne in the early stages, rather than Sydney.

'It certainly won't happen overnight,' an SIA spokesman in Sydney said.

The main stumbling block to an agreement is Qantas, which argues that an open-skies policy would be to its distinct disadvantage.

Chief executive Geoff Dixon has made his position clear, pointing out that such a deal would not deliver reciprocal opportunities for Australian carriers due to restrictions in Australia's bilateral agreements with third countries.

For instance, Qantas does not have the rights to match SIA on routes to North America via Taipei, Tokyo, Hong Kong or Seoul. It would like greater access to some European cities as well. Canberra has to resolve these issues if it gives the go-ahead to Singapore's demands. The Australia-United States route Qantas' most profitable route.

Further competition across the Pacific, which provides about 15 per cent of the airline's profits, would clearly have an impact on its earnings.

Equally, Singapore is so keen to secure an agreement that Mr Yeo has offered Qantas 'whatever they want' in return.

Canberra first rejected the idea of an open-skies policy in 2003 on the grounds that the aviation industry was still suffering from the financial impact of the Sept 11 attacks on the US and the Sars epidemic.

It postponed further talks on the matter until the aviation market had recovered.

SIA chief executive Chew Choon Seng believes that point has now been reached. Last month he said in an Australian newspaper interview that 'the time has come'.

'The (record) results from Qantas have been promising. Demand for travel on the (North American) route is as stable as it can get. By all measures stability has returned.'

Qantas has not been slow to recognise the improvement in the market either, announcing the launch of Jetstar Asia, which has been backed by the Singapore Government.

Aviation industry observers believe the Australian government will find it extremely difficult to resist Singapore's call for an open-skies policy for much longer.

Given that Qantas is keen to get a slice of the action in Asia through Jetstar, it can hardly complain about Singapore wanting a foothold in the Australian market, an industry source said.
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Business Times - 15 Feb 2005

Changi Airport continues strong growth in Jan


SINGAPORE - Changi Airport enjoyed robust growth in cargo traffic in January after a record overall performance in 2004, civil aviation officials said on Tuesday.

The airport handled 141,661 tonnes of freight in January, up 14.3 per cent over the same month last year, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement.

Passenger traffic in January was up 0.7 per cent at 2.53 million.

In 2004, Changi enjoyed its busiest year ever, handling 30.35 million passengers, up 23 per cent, and 1.78 million tonnes of cargo, up 10 per cent from the previous year.

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Posted: 15 February 2005 2059 hrs

Singapore-Australia open skies deal only a matter of time: analysts
By Derek Cher, Channel NewsAsia


SINGAPORE : Talks on an open-skies agreement between Singapore and Australia appear to be progressing well.

But some Australian lawmakers have started lobbying against such a pact, citing possible job losses in their national carrier, Qantas.

This comes a day after Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong met his Australian counterpart to discuss on the deal.

Still, aviation analysts told Channel NewsAsia that it is just a matter of time before Australia liberalises its airline industry.

The trans-Pacific route is one of Qantas' most profitable routes, contributing 15 percent to its profits, and Singapore Airlines wants to have a slice of that pie.

So naturally, the Australian carrier is going all out to defend its market share by opposing the open-skies agreement.

So far, it has lobbied successfully, with support from lawmakers, against the deal.

But now that negotiations are back on the table, industry watchers say the deciding factor now will be how successful Qantas can be in securing access to markets in Europe.

Said Pascal Bordat, vice president (global transportation) at Unisys, "My point of view is that all this is a question of time. It's an evolution that will not be stopped. There are adjustment to be made, there's a need to get agreements with third parties, but it will happen. It's just a matter of time."

Qantas insists that open skies would favour Singapore Airlines, as it cannot replicate 60 percent of SIA's routes.

SIA, on the other hand, believes its presence will benefit consumers and grow the market for both carriers.

Independent observers believe that the impact of an open skies agreement on Qantas will be minimal, at an estimated cost of A$44 million.

The reason is that it is unlikely that SIA will be able to replicate the same services that Qantas is offering to the Australians in terms of frequency and the vast network of all the Australian states.

Analysts say SIA will have to start from scratch to build up its Australian network and so will pose little threat to Qantas.

Australia says it will take a few more months before an open skies agreement is finalised.

But analysts believe that this could come sooner than expected as countries are increasingly under pressure to liberalise their markets. - CNA
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Business Times - 16 Feb 2005

Open skies deal would cut fares, expand US-Aussie mkt: S'pore

SYDNEY, Australia - Australia should allow Singapore Airlines to fly the lucrative Australia-US route, thereby increasing trans-Pacific air traffic and reducing fares, Singapore's transport minister said on Wednesday.

Yeo Cheow Tong met his Australian counterpart John Anderson in Canberra this week to discuss Singapore's long-standing ambition to sign an open skies deal that would lift air access restrictions between the two countries.

The deal would allow Singapore's national carrier to compete with Qantas Airways Ltd on routes between Australia and the United States. Qantas currently only shares the direct route with UAL Corp's United Airlines.

Mr Yeo told reporters at Sydney airport before heading home on Wednesday that there was plenty of scope for expanding the trans-Pacific market.

"All around the world, aviation competition has resulted in more affordable airfares; has resulted in the expansion of markets which means the pie will grow for all the players and the pie will grow for the Australian economy because they're going to get more tourists," Mr Yeo said.

Canberra excluded the trans-Pacific route from an expanded air access agreement struck with Singapore in 2003 because the aviation industry was recovering from the twin public confidence blows of the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Unites States and an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in the region.

Mr Yeo described his meeting with Anderson this week as friendly and productive and said they will meet again by the middle of this year to finalise the open skies deal.

Mr Anderson was scheduled to fly to London and Brussels next week to discuss better access to European destinations.

He has tied the possibility of an open skies deal with Singapore with the success of these discussions because Qantas wants to expand its European services via more stopovers in Singapore.

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I presume SIA would first fly the busy SYD-LAX route then MEL-LAX, and possbily down the track BNE-LAX?
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Business Times - 18 Feb 2005

Changi Airport plans 300-room hotel to cope with growing demand

SINGAPORE - Changi Airport is planning to build another hotel that would more than triple the number of rooms for transiting passengers, aviation authorities said on Friday.

The proposed 300-room, three or four star hotel would be situated next to the airport's third terminal, which is due to be completed in 2008, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore told AFP.

The spokesman said the airport's two existing transit hotels, with 146 rooms in total, have been struggling to cope with passenger demand.

A record 30 million passengers passed through Changi last year, surpassing the previous mark of 29 million in 2002.

Terminal three will have capacity to handle 20 million passengers annually.

'As we are unable to expand the existing transit hotels due to space limitation on the airside we are proposing to build a new landside airport hotel,' the spokesman said.

The Civil Aviation Authority called for a tender on Wednesday to appoint consultants to help find a suitable private investor to develop the hotel, the spokesman said.

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Very possible. In fact, Brisbane is becoming a very important market to SIA....the Singapore-Brisbane route has seen an upgrade in capacity very rapidly, and come next March, it will be serve 21 times a week, giving it the same frequencies as that to Melbourne as well as Sydney!
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Business Times - 28 Feb 2005

M'sia, S'pore strike win-win air deal

By PAULINE NG
IN KUALA LUMPUR

WAS it competition from AirAsia and other budget airlines, or was it just the friendlier relations between the two countries? Very likely, it was a combination of both which led to the recent tripartite codeshare agreement between Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and SilkAir.

Given that the last commercial arrangement between the two countries was in 1991 when SilkAir commenced flights to Langkawi, last Thursday's announcement of the codeshare is a clear indication that the cooperation on the air front has gained momentum since prime ministers Lee Hsien Loong and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's meeting last October.

But as positive as the signs appear to be, the significance has admittedly been watered down by the emergence of low-cost carriers, AirAsia in particular.

AmResearch investment analyst Nigel Foo said that the codeshare announcement wasn't surprising. 'If you look at the routes, what's happening is that MAS is experiencing a lot of competition from the low-cost carriers. So it's better for both SIA and MAS to be on the same side.'

The Asean community has also come closer as a result of low-cost carriers which have helped governments see that the benefits to tourism and investment outweigh more protectionist policies.

And, given the implementation of the Asean Open Skies policy in three years in 2008, which would give national carriers of Asean member nations unfettered intra-Asean access between the Asean capitals, it pays to be prepared.

However, AirAsia admits the codeshare agreement took the airline by surprise. An executive said that AirAsia is 'basically not happy with the development' which it views as a form of 'ganging-up'.

'It's a bit perplexing. Why do it now when they've not done it before,' he said.

'Both airlines have concerns about us; they see us as a threat but we've always said we play a complementary role.'

MAS chief executive officer Ahmad Fuaad Dahlan acknowledged that in the past, both airlines had looked at issues in a more protective manner. But a changing landscape means things need to be looked at more openly.

More mutually beneficial tie-ups are likely to be in the pipeline. Mr Abdullah had commented during his meeting in October with Mr Lee that both MAS and SIA should be allowed to discuss an increase in flights.

Whether the cooperation extends regionally or internationally remains to be seen. But any advantages in the form of lower fares, as well as a better spread and choice of schedules would surely be welcomed by travellers. Avoiding unnecessary duplication also helps the airlines to keep costs low.

AmResearch's Mr Foo, who tracks MAS, said that it was difficult to put the codeshare benefits in number terms, 'but everyone wins'.

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Business Times - 02 Mar 2005

Swissport begins operations at Changi airport

SINGAPORE - Zurich-based Swissport International began its ground-handling operations at Singapore's Changi airport on Wednesday, local aviation authorities said.

Swissport International, the first foreign ground handler to operate at Changi airport, will compete with Singapore Airport Terminal Services and Changi International Airport Services, two firms with links to the government.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) awarded the 10-year licence to Swissport last year as part of the republic's efforts to open up the sector to competition.

It hopes greater competition will lead to lower costs, thereby encouraging airlines to stop over at Changi, which is facing growing pressure from other regional airports.

'We warmly welcome Swissport as our third ground handler at Changi Airport,' CAAS Director-General Wong Woon Liong said.

'With a new player on board, we believe airlines operating at Changi Airport will benefit from the greater choice of ground handling services.'

Changi enjoyed its busiest year ever in 2004, handling 30.35 million passengers, up 23 per cent on 2003, and 1.78 million tonnes of cargo, up 10 per cent.

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