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Old April 1st, 2005, 12:17 AM   #421
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Picnic area closed to beef up security at Changi Airport
Secluded area was popular with plane spotters and courting couples

By David Boey
Defence Correspondent

A POPULAR picnic spot overlooking Changi Airport was closed permanently yesterday by the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) to step up airport security.

The out-of-bounds area, which is part of Changi Village Road after Loyang Avenue, was to have been shut sometime after January last year.

Metal gates installed last year have been closed, and another gate in nearby Cranwell Road is also now shut. Chain-link fences prevent pedestrians from walking into the area, which comprises mainly green open space and vacant colonial buildings once used by British armed forces.

In January last year, The Straits Times reported that Mindef was preparing to close the area to the public. But Mindef left the gates open and people were still able to drive or walk into the area.

Only after more than a year did Mindef put up signboards to inform people of the impending road closure. The canary yellow boards, half the size of a ping-pong table, went up several weeks ago.

Mindef said yesterday's closure 'is part of the security measures in place for Changi Airbase'.

This base, which is home to Republic of Singapore Air Force planes used for maritime patrol, cargo flights and aerial refuelling, shares runways with Changi Airport.

The area was popular with plane spotters - people who watch aircraft as a hobby - because the fenceline was about 200m from the planes.

The new gates separate people from the prime observation spots by more than 200m. Thick plastic strips woven into the fencing nearer the gate prevent people from looking through.

The secluded road made it convenient for them to park their cars and watch.

This was not possible along the stretch of Nicoll Drive which runs parallel to another airport runway, because parking is not allowed along that road.

The area is also a hotspot for courting couples. It is a stone's throw from the hawker centre at Changi Village, has several cul-de-sacs and is dimly lit at night.

Aeronautical engineer Mike Yeo, 29, bemoaned the loss of access there.

He said some airports around the world actually court plane spotters to improve security.

He said: 'No terrorist is going to be there trying anything funny when you have a whole bunch of people watching his every move.'

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Business Times - 01 Apr 2005

Airplane parts specialist triples size of S'pore unit

Expansion will see Messier-Bugatti hire 50 workers at 1,500 sq m campus


By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) In a move to further boost its Asian presence and tap the growing regional aviation sector, European aircraft component and systems specialist Messier-Bugatti has sharply expanded its Singapore subsidiary.

The expansion, which sees a tripling of its workforce and floorspace to 50 employees and 1,500 sq m respectively, comes just two years after the company first set up operations in Singapore.

Messier-Bugatti, a subsidiary of aircraft propulsion and equipment specialist Snecma, is a world leader in aircraft braking, with 2004 revenue of 400 million euros (S$854 million). Its systems and equipment are deployed in some 2,500 commercial airplanes used by over 220 airlines worldwide.

The Singapore unit, Messier-Bugatti Systems, handles customer support and sales administration services for Messier-Bugatti and Technofan ventilation equipment in Singapore. It also provides maintenance support for Messier-Bugatti's tyre pressure monitoring systems, and produces actuators for premium-class cabin seats.

The company has seen a strong growth in demand for its products and services around the region, thanks to a robust recovery in air traffic.

Its clients include leading carriers like Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL), All Nippon Airways (ANA), Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.

A ceremony yesterday to inaugurate the expanded premise and new building was attended by Messier-Bugatti chairman and chief executive Yves Leclere, Messier-Bugatti Singapore managing director Philippe Colin and Michel Turpin, president of Snecma Singapore. Also present were Teo Ming Kian, chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board, and Jean-Paul Rau, the French Ambassador to Singapore.

In a speech, Mr Teo welcomed Messier-Bugatti's move and noted that the aerospace industry was a key sector for the economy.

On his part, Mr Leclere said his company was in Singapore for the long haul as it positioned itself to capitalise on the business growth in this region.

Snecma, which is now in the process of merging with French technology group Sagem, boasts a strong presence in Singapore through subsidiaries Messier Services Asia, S-Pro, Turbomeca Asia Pacific, Labinal Singapore and Snecma Singapore, which was inaugurated in May 2002.

The French group employs more than 400 people in Singapore.

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April 1, 2005
Picnic area closed to beef up security at Changi Airport
Secluded area was popular with plane spotters and courting couples

By David Boey
Defence Correspondent

A POPULAR picnic spot overlooking Changi Airport was closed permanently yesterday by the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) to step up airport security.

The out-of-bounds area, which is part of Changi Village Road after Loyang Avenue, was to have been shut sometime after January last year.

Metal gates installed last year have been closed, and another gate in nearby Cranwell Road is also now shut. Chain-link fences prevent pedestrians from walking into the area, which comprises mainly green open space and vacant colonial buildings once used by British armed forces.

In January last year, The Straits Times reported that Mindef was preparing to close the area to the public. But Mindef left the gates open and people were still able to drive or walk into the area.

Only after more than a year did Mindef put up signboards to inform people of the impending road closure. The canary yellow boards, half the size of a ping-pong table, went up several weeks ago.

Mindef said yesterday's closure 'is part of the security measures in place for Changi Airbase'.

This base, which is home to Republic of Singapore Air Force planes used for maritime patrol, cargo flights and aerial refuelling, shares runways with Changi Airport.

The area was popular with plane spotters - people who watch aircraft as a hobby - because the fenceline was about 200m from the planes.

The new gates separate people from the prime observation spots by more than 200m. Thick plastic strips woven into the fencing nearer the gate prevent people from looking through.

The secluded road made it convenient for them to park their cars and watch.

This was not possible along the stretch of Nicoll Drive which runs parallel to another airport runway, because parking is not allowed along that road.

The area is also a hotspot for courting couples. It is a stone's throw from the hawker centre at Changi Village, has several cul-de-sacs and is dimly lit at night.

Aeronautical engineer Mike Yeo, 29, bemoaned the loss of access there.

He said some airports around the world actually court plane spotters to improve security.

He said: 'No terrorist is going to be there trying anything funny when you have a whole bunch of people watching his every move.'

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Business Times - 04 Apr 2005

Changi ground services: Players deny price war


SATS says its focus is on cost management rather than price cut


By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) Has a price war broken out among the ground services players at Changi Airport?

Yes, say some industry insiders.

No, say some of the players.

But in recent weeks, there has been talk of an increasingly bitter price competition among the three ground services operators at Changi Airport. This comes on the heels of newcomer Swissport's decision to launch services last month - four months ahead of schedule.

But all three players at Changi deny they are engaged in a bitter price war.

When contacted yesterday, Ng Chin Hwee, president and CEO of Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS), which is the dominant player with 80 per cent market share, denied his company was resorting to 'predatory pricing' practices, including offering discount of 40 per cent to selected airline clients.

'I don't know where these kind of speculation start, but I've got a business to run,' he said. 'Of course, we have to react appropriately to market conditions as the competition heats up. But we will not go for reckless pricing.'

Mainboard-listed SATS gets about 60 per cent of its business from parent SIA.

SATS competes against Changi International Airport Services (CIAS), the second biggest player at Changi, and newcomer Swissport.

Like SATS, CIAS denied it engaged in price undercutting. Gary Chapman, president of Dnata - which has bought the controling stake in CIAS from Temasek Holdings - said such 'unhealthy pricing' practises would be detrimental to the industry in the long run. 'There are several examples around the world, particularly in Europe, where handling agents have chased market share at the expense of profitability,' he said.

'Although the airlines have initially benefited from lower handling rates in the short term, they have also experienced a deterioration in customer service as the handling agents have inevitably been forced to cut costs and reduce investments in order to survive. In the end, the profitability and reputation of those airlines, the airports and the ground handlers themselves have suffered.'

Nevertheless, CIAS has managed to lure some of SATS business, including the ground handling operations of sister airlines, Emirates.

CIAS, whose other minority shareholders are China Airlines, Garuda, Lufthansa, Air France and KLM - controls about 20 per cent of the ground services operations at Changi. After dacades of having just SATS and CIAS at Changi, the Singapore government last year opened the ground services, including catering, market at Changi Airport in what is said was an effort to inject more competition and bring down costs to airline operators.

At the close of the tender exercise on April 30 last year, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) received two bids for a ground-handling licence and one bid for a flight catering licence.

Swissport, a unit of Candover Investments and KLM Dutch Airlines, beat out Worldwide Flight Service to clinch the 10-year ground handling licence to offer passenger handling services (eg check-in), apron handling services (eg baggage loading/unloading) and cargo handling services to airlines at Changi.

But Lufthansa subsidiary LSG Asia Holdings Ltd, which put in the lone bid for a 20-year inflight catering licence, later withdrew its bid.

But Swissport, which currently only handles the six weekly flights of Swiss International, is said to be fighting an uphill battle against the incumbents.

Its managing director Peter Kohl said the company's labour and operating cost structure would not allow it to cut prices steeply.

'We don't outsource or sub-contract,' he said. 'The people we use are our own employees, and we feel this is the only way to ensure work commitment and quality of service.'

Like Mr Chapman, Mr Kohl also warned of the dangers of a price war.

'If rates offered to customers goes below the cost, something has to give,' he said. 'Quality will also suffer as you put the squeeze suppliers and contractors.'

He added that severe undercutting would also discourage new players from bidding in future.

'Predatory pricing will kill competition,' he said. 'Sooner or later airlines will talk to each other and news will get around. It can kill CAAS' plans to get more operators here.'

Meanwhile, SATS' Mr Ng insisted that his company's competitive edge came from cost management rather than price reduction.

'You know what we had to do last year,' he said in reference to the company's decision to shed as much as 10 per cent of its workforce. 'We are also looking at work processes, systems and even energy usage in order to cut costs.'

He added that SATS' move towards increasing use of sub-contractors would not impact service quality as its contractors were tied to service quality agreements.

SATS' third quarter (October-December 2004) net profit jumped almost 62 per quarter to $50.7 million, thanks to a combination of astute cost management and a recovery in air traffic. Analysts expect the company to post full-year profit of around $190 million for the year ended March 2005.

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I was watching a just planes video tape of Changi International (taped in 2000) and I noticed Thai heavies landing at Changi. Their Bangkok hub is not that far north to where I would wonder why they are landing these 747's,777's and Md-11's ? Unless the Bangkok to Changi route is so busy that they prefer to run fewer flights with more passenger capacity than operating more flights with fewer seating capacity (like A300's or 737's). I Know Thai heavies land in Hong Kong but Hong Kong is alot further from Bangkok than Singapore is.
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I think you're right, it has to do simply with the sheer number of Thai/ Singapore passengers flying.
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I was watching a just planes video tape of Changi International (taped in 2000) and I noticed Thai heavies landing at Changi. Their Bangkok hub is not that far north to where I would wonder why they are landing these 747's,777's and Md-11's ? Unless the Bangkok to Changi route is so busy that they prefer to run fewer flights with more passenger capacity than operating more flights with fewer seating capacity (like A300's or 737's). I Know Thai heavies land in Hong Kong but Hong Kong is alot further from Bangkok than Singapore is.
You will be surprised at how busy the Singapore-Bangkok route is! But I didnt know Thai flies their B747s here? The last time I checked, they fly the A306 here 14 times, A333 twice, B772 7 times, and B773 19 times a week? Singapore airlines does fly the B747 to Bangkok 7 times a week thou.
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There are numerous city pairs in Southeast Asia that have widebodies serving it like mad The demand is there, of course, but maybe its also just because we like flying in style
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April 5, 2005
Airport paper works

CHANGI airport keeps on flying the extra mile to keep passengers happy.

Its latest move is the provision of a free tabloid newspaper called Changi Express.

The fortnightly tabloid was launched on Feb 18 and has a print run of 100,000 copies. In its 16 pages are lifestyle segments on fashion, IT, health and even a crossword puzzle.

The paper is distributed at over 30 locations in the airport, as well as at the Singapore Visitor Centres in Little India, Liang Court and Orchard Road.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is not aware of any other airport publishing a similar free tabloid.

But if you do not read English, fret not, for it is open to exploring the idea of incorporating other languages in the paper or printing it in other languages.

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Haha..but a B747?

The only ones I know in which B747 are used out of Singapore is to Bangkok and Jakarta. Are there other city pairs in Southeast Asia in which B747s are used?
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Hmm another airline hubbing here......

Singapore signs open skies agreement with Bahrain

SINGAPORE : Singapore and Bahrain have signed an open skies agreement that removes all restrictions on their airlines' passenger and cargo flights.

It allows Singapore Airlines to pick up passengers in Bahrain and fly to a third destination, while providing a similar facility to Bahrain's flag carrier Gulf Air.

The deal was signed in Singapore on Thursday by Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong and Bahrain's Transport Minister Shaik Ali Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.

In his speech, Mr Yeo said the two countries enjoy warm and friendly ties.

The agreement not only demonstrates a commitment to achieve freer skies in the global aviation arena, but also builds on Singapore's growing relationship with Bahrain.

Mr Yeo said there was much scope for co-operation and collaboration, as the two countries could leverage on each other's strengths and competencies for mutual benefit.

Recognising this, their leaders have paved the way for closer collaboration with a series of high level exchanges in the past few years.

It was in February last year during Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong's visit to Bahrain that he and Shaik Al Khalifa agreed to his proposal to conclude an open skies agreement.

Mr Yeo said the two countries now need to work with their respective airlines to facilitate more air services between the two countries.

There will be potential for both airports to feed air traffic to each other, as well as to the Gulf and Southeast Asian hinterlands.

As the agreement lifts all restrictions on flights between Singapore and Bahrain, via and beyond to any third country, Gulf Air will have the flexibility to expand its network in Asia and Australia, using Singapore as a gateway.

Singapore's Civil Aviation Authority will facilitate Gulf Air's expansion plans to Singapore and the region through financial incentives such as landing fee rebates and marketing support.
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Haha.....why is it a middle eastern airline again!
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13 April 2005

Boeing unit to build flight crew training centre at Changi airport
By Loh Kim Chin, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Altheon, a subsidiary of Boeing, plans to build a training centre in Singapore.

Construction of the state-of-the-art facility at Changi airport is set to begin soon.

The Singapore Training Centre is expected to be ready for training in the first quarter of next year.

It will have the capability to train more than 6,000 pilot and flight attendant students per year.

The three-storey building will house six full-flight simulators and other advanced-technology training devices such as flat panel trainers. - CNA

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Posted: 15 April 2005 1140 hrs

India's Jet Airways arrives in Singapore on maiden flight

SINGAPORE : India's Jet Airways heralded its foray into Southeast Asia on Friday with the landing of its maiden flight at Singapore's Changi Airport from Mumbai.

"This is a historic moment for Jet Airways in expanding its newly acquired rights to fly international (routes) and to serve Singapore as our first and very important destination in Southeast Asia," said the carrier's chief operating officer Peter Luethi.

"We are looking forward to be part of a new growing business opportunity between the two countries in promoting each other's business and tourist
offers."

Luethi was among the 60 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800 plane that landed at Changi.

Jet Airways, the first private India-based commercial carrier to fly to Changi, will operate 14 weekly flights between Mumbai and Singapore, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said.

This will bring the total number of weekly flights between India and the city-state to 218, it added.

In 2004, air traffic between India and Singapore rose 21 percent from 2002 and 25 percent when compared to 2003.

Singapore is the Indian carrier's third destination in Asia after Colombo in Sri Lanka and Kathmandu in Nepal.

It plans to start flights from Chennai to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur later this month. - AFP
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15 April 2005

SATS handled 19% more passengers in 2004
By Loh Kim Chin, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Singapore Airport Terminal says it handled 19 percent more passengers last year.

This amounted to 25.3 million passengers for the full year to March.

For last month alone, the number of passengers it handled was over 2.1 million, up nearly 8 percent on year.

Cargo and mail moved by the ground handling unit of Singapore Airlines rose 3.1 percent to 1.4 million tons for the year.

But for March, the volume it processed dipped 1.7 percent to about 123,000 tons.

The company says traffic loads for the previous financial year had been affected by the SARS outbreak, particularly from April to June. - CNA /ct

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19 April 2005

Passenger traffic at Singapore's Changi airport up 11.1% in March


SINGAPORE : More than 2.6 million passengers passed through Singapore's Changi Airport in March, up 11.1 percent from last year, reflecting brisker business during the Easter holiday break, civil aviation officials said on Tuesday.

In the first quarter to March, total passenger traffic was 5.9 percent higher on the year at 7.47 million, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement.

However cargo traffic last month fell 0.4 percent to 155,420 tonnes while in the March quarter it grew 2.0 percent to 424,570 tonnes, it said.

Changi enjoyed its busiest year ever in 2004, handling 30.35 million passengers, up 23 percent, and 1.78 million tonnes of cargo, up 10 percent. - AFP /ch

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Business Times - 20 Apr 2005

INTEGRATED RESORTS
Airline industry sees IRs as boon to air traffic

By GEORGE JOSEPH

THE airline industry has no doubts that plans for two big integrated resorts (IRs) in Singapore would be a big boost for air traffic.

'A good attraction brings more tourists, and, obviously, more airline seats into Singapore will be filled,' said aviation analyst Shukor Yusof of Standard & Poor's.

The scope of the envisaged IRs is huge, he said, and there is no doubt that the Singapore government is able to get the projects going by 2009.

While results will not be seen 'overnight', Singapore-based airlines will gradually see a definite contribution to their loads from increased traffic brought about by the resorts.

'Changi will be reinforced as an aviation hub, and by the time the resorts are up, more airlines would be introducing the new Airbus 'superjumbos' which would be flying from 2006,' Mr Shukor said.

An indication of the optimism for airlines was seen yesterday in the stock market where SIA shares rose 20 cents to $11.30.

SIA spokesman Stephen Forshaw said that a unique and well-executed local tourist attraction will definitely improve the national carrier's traffic.

'And by then airline capacity will be boosted by the introduction of the A380s and this will come in handy to meet the additional demand,' he told BT.

The three Singapore-based low-cost carriers and the region's other LCCs will also benefit, as more travellers from South-east Asia find Singapore to be the closest destination with 'better class' casinos.

'It's no secret that the casinos will be a major draw for many Asians, including those who expect the Singapore version to be cleaner and better managed than others in the region,' said an airline chief who did not want to be named.

Said Emirates' area manager Stephen Chu: 'The resorts will add to Singapore's main attraction of being clean and green.'

Citing Emirates' own experience with the attraction of casinos, he said air traffic to Melbourne in Australia picked up quickly when the glitzy Crown casino there opened for business. Until then, Sydney was the biggest attraction, he said.

The IRs announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Parliament on Monday are aimed at enhancing Singapore's appeal as a tourist destination and at creating some 35,000 jobs through peripheral and ancillary industries.

Each resort will be 'iconic' in structure with five-star hotels, entertainment centres, convention space, theme parks and a casino.

Tourism accounts for about 5.5 per cent of Singapore's gross domestic product.

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Posted: 21 April 2005 1858 hrs

S'pore, S Africa agree to liberalise air services pact, study FTA

SINGAPORE: Singapore and South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to take bilateral ties to a new level.

The signing took place during the State visit of South African President Thabo Mbeki to Singapore on Thursday.

President Mbeki was given a ceremonial welcome at the Istana where he was received by his host, President SR Nathan.

And after a meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the delegations from both countries, a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral cooperation was signed.

The MOU will further strengthen political and economic ties as it spells out clearly areas to focus on.

For example, Singapore and South Africa agreed to liberalise the air services pact, paving the way for the conclusion of an Open Skies Agreement.

By drawing on their strengths as gateways to their respective regions, the two countries will see improved flow of trade and services.

They also agreed to establish a Joint Trade Committee, which will explore the possibility of a free trade agreement (FTA).

President Nathan said: "Both South Africa and Singapore are active on the FTA front and both share the common belief that FTAs can accelerate the momentum of trade liberalisation and strengthen the multilateral trading system."

"FTAs not only enhance trade and investment flows but more importantly add dynamism to our respective regions and generate employment opportunities for our people. FTAs will send an important signal to our business communities to work together," added Mr Nathan.

Both leaders feel that by creating platforms for Asians and Africans to learn more about each other, a truly Asian-African partnership would evolve.

President Mbeki said: "It's quite clear that with the strengthened relationship between Asia and Africa, there is much that can be done."

"We need to go beyond just looking north. The answers to the development challenges we face are not in the north, they are in the south, they are here in Singapore," he added.

President Mbeki said he planned to come back to Singapore again and stay longer. - CNA/ir
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