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Old July 17th, 2005, 03:09 PM   #501
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Business Times - 16 Jul 2005

Boeing's 777-200LR lands at Changi

THE Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner, the world's longest-range commercial aircraft, arrived at Changi Airport for its latest stop on its 'Going the Distance' world tour yesterday. The tour began in Canada last month and will visit more than 20 cities.

The twin-engine plane, which can carry 301 passengers, has a range of 9,420 nautical miles, making it capable of connecting almost any two cities in the world non-stop. It also claims to use 24 per cent less fuel than its rival, the 280-seater A340-500.

To date Boeing has received firm orders for 16 planes from four customers.

It is currently marketing the plane to leading Asian carriers, including Singapore Airlines (SIA).

Boeing's lead director Lewis Platt was in town yesterday to meet senior SIA officials, including chief executive Chew Choon Seng and chairman Koh Boon Hwee.

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i saw that plane when i was in hong kong
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18 July 2005

SATS earmarks S$23m to upgrade cargo, inflight catering

By Jeana Wong, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Singapore Airport Terminal Services, or SATS, intends to spend S$23 million to upgrade its cargo logistics and inflight catering services.

It is part of the ground handler's effort to maintain its competitive edge.

SATS is seeking to expand its business, and is looking to India and China for growth.

More authentic ethnic cuisines, new premier or special needs lounges, and faster and better tracking systems for baggage and cargo -- these are just some of the improvements that SATS is aiming for.

Much of the S$23 million will be spent on beefing up its cargo logistics abilities.

Said Ng Chin Hwee, president and CEO of SATS, "We've always reviewed our needs for upgrades regularly. The upgrade we're talking about is not aimed at increasing revenue per se, but also to ensure that our processing and on-time delivery and uplift improves for the benefit of the airline, of the cargo community."

SATS is the leading ground services player in Changi Airport with a market share of about 80 percent.

With the lion's share of the domestic market in hand, it is looking to expand overseas, and is currently in talks to form joint ventures in China, India and the Middle East.

SATS is also hiring native speakers from these key markets to work in Singapore in anticipation of higher passenger volumes from these areas.

Said Mr Ng, "For the moment, we're seeing both China and India as the two key growth markets. Obviously, with the growth experiencing in the Middle East, we're hopeful that more Middle East clients are coming here as well."

Overseas associates made up nearly S$51 million, or 23 percent, of the group's pretax profit for the full year leading to March 31.

This is up 49 percent from S$33.8 million a year earlier. – CNA /ct

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S'pore to Qatar non-stop flights every day

19 Jul 05

By Arthur Poon

QATAR Airways announced yesterday it will fly non-stop daily from Singapore to Doha in Qatar, as well as use a larger-capacity aircraft.

The airline introduced the service in response to growing demand from both business and leisure travellers since Singapore and Qatar forged closer economic ties.

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker told The Straits Times yesterday: 'The closer exchanges between the two countries mean there is a lot of interest from Singapore companies establishing offices in Qatar, to take advantage of our economic development.'

Singapore signed its first Middle East free trade deal with Jordan last year and is expected to conclude a similar agreement with Qatar soon. Trade pacts with Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are also in the pipeline.

Figures from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore showed passenger traffic between Singapore and the Middle East cities of Bahrain, Doha, Jeddah, Riyadh and Dubai went up by 57 per cent to 380,404 last year, from 242,115 in 2003.

Qatar Airways' previous Singapore-Doha route, introduced in November 2003, had a stopover in Kuala Lumpur. Earlier this year, the airline increased the number of services from five times a week to every day.

The new direct flights will use the bigger Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which seats 271, instead of the A300s now in use, which have fewer than 250 seats.

The airline faces stiff competition from regional rival Emirates, based in Dubai. By October, Emirates will increase its own services from 18 times a week to 24, to meet an upsurge in demand.

Dubai, which Emirates uses as its hub, has long been regarded as Doha's rival in the race to be crowned gateway to the Middle East.

Qatar Airways, which uses Doha as a hub connecting travellers to Gulf states like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, plans to open its new US$5.5 billion (S$9.3 billion) airport in 2009. When fully completed in 2015, the airport will be able to handle more than 50 million passengers a year.

Dubai airport, meanwhile, is undergoing an expansion that will increase its capacity to 70 million passengers a year by 2008.
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July 23, 2005
S'pore-India open-skies talks soon?

SINGAPORE and India will likely meet next month to start negotiations for an open-skies agreement, Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said yesterday.

The liberalisation of air services between the countries was advocated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong when he signed the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement with New Delhi last month.

Meanwhile, similar talks with Australia have been delayed as new Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss took over from his predecessor, Mr John Anderson, only earlier this month.

'There is an inevitable delay with a new minister on board, for him to familiarise with the issues,' Mr Yeo said. 'We look forward to Mr Truss settling down quickly, so we can begin talks with him.'

In February, Singapore and Australia committed to a 'road map' towards an open-skies agreement, though the Australian government has yet to agree to a concrete schedule.

Last month, the Australian government again deferred a decision to award Singapore Airlines the right to fly directly from Australia to the United States, a profitable route fiercely protected by Qantas.

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04 August 2005

Singapore, Sri Lanka sign Open Skies Agreement

By S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia

Singapore and Sri Lanka have signed an Open Skies Agreement which allows airlines of both countries to operate passenger flights between and beyond Sri Lanka and Singapore.

And there'll be no restrictions on capacity, routing or aircraft type.

The agreement was signed on Thursday by Permanent Secretary for Transport Choi Shing Kwok and Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Singapore Shehan Ratnavale.

Singapore's Transport Ministry says this complements the agreement on cargo services that was concluded in the previous round of consultations in October 2003.

The Ministry adds that the Open Skies Agreement will pave the way for continued traffic growth and provide opportunities for the airlines of both countries to grow.

The Agreement had come into effect in November last year, after the conclusion of negotiations and the initialling of documents.

Since then, Sri Lankan Airlines has increased its operations from 9 to 12 weekly services, and Singapore Airlines currently operates 7 weekly services between Singapore and Colombo.

Other airlines serving Sri Lanka and Singapore include Cathay Pacific and Emirates.

Passenger movements between Singapore and Sri Lanka grew 10% while air freight movements grown 16% from January to June 2005, compared to the same period last year. - CNA/ir

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Business Times - 05 Aug 2005

S'pore's air hub status under threat: minister

SINGAPORE - Singapore's status as one of Asia's main air hubs is threatened by the emergence of larger long-range aircraft and the upgrading of rival airports in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Dubai, a senior official said on Friday.

Balaji Sadasivan, senior minister of state for information, communications and the arts, said Singapore's thriving aerospace industry was largely dependent on the Republic's standing as the fourth largest air hub in Asia.

'This status, however, is being threatened by other regional airports such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Dubai,' he said in a speech to unionised workers, including some from the aerospace industry.

'These airports have in recent years been actively upgrading and improving themselves while aggressively cutting handling charges in a bid to pull in more air traffic, threatening to seriously undermine Singapore's position as a global air hub.

'In addition, the emergence of long haul aircraft, like Airbus A380 (super-jumbo), means that aircraft are now able to fly longer distances without stopping mid-journey and threaten to bypass Changi Airport. Airlines travel routes could be altered with fewer stops or no stops at all at transit airports.'

On the positive side, Mr Sadasivan said budget airlines were expected to boost the aerospace industry because they were likely to outsource their maintenance, repair and overhaul needs to keep costs low.

He said it was important for workers in the industry to realise the challenges faced by Singapore. 'We must zealously guard Singapore's status as a regional air hub and not let complacency set in,' he told the gathering to mark Singapore's 40th independence day on August 9.

To ensure that Singapore retains its competitive edge, the aerospace industry must improve its service offers and develop cheaper solutions for customers, he said.

The aerospace industry accounts for 13,000 jobs, with about 100 aerospace companies in operation, among them global giants like Pratt and Whitney, General Electric, Honeywell and Rolls Royce. Home-grown firms include SIA Engineering and ST Aerospace.

The industry last year posted record output of $4.5 billion, up 16.3 per cent from 2003.

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Aug 9, 2005
S'pore, Indonesia ink pact for more air links

SINGAPORE and Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding to expand bilateral air services yesterday.

The memorandum formalised an in-principle agreement reached by Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong and Indonesian Minister for Communications Hatta Rajasa in May this year.

Under the agreement, Singapore's full-service carriers are allowed to operate more flights to Jakarta and Denpasar in Bali.

Currently, Singapore Airlines and Valuair operate a total of 126 weekly flights to Jakarta, and SIA operates 42 to Bali.

In return, Indonesian carriers will be given more 'fifth freedom traffic rights' - more rights to pick up passengers from Singapore and offload them in another country.

For Garuda Airlines, this means it could operate more than the current 20 weekly flights from Changi Airport to Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Beijing and Shanghai, or add more cities.

The memorandum was inked by Permanent Secretary (Transport) Choi Shing Kwok, and Indonesia's director-general of air communications, Mr Mohammad Iksan Tatang, yesterday.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Ministry of Transport said: 'The enhanced air links will accommodate the increased demand for travel by businessmen and tourists between Singapore and Indonesia.

'This agreement also signifies the commitment on both sides to further strengthen aviation links between the two countries.'

It added that officials would meet again soon for further discussions.

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Business Times - 11 Aug 2005

Changi airport sees surge in July passenger traffic


SINGAPORE - Passenger traffic at Singapore's Changi airport in July reached 2.89 million, the highest monthly level so far this year, aviation authorities said on Thursday.

Last month's figures were 8.2 per cent higher than a year ago and exceeded traffic in the traditionally busy month of June when 2.81 million passengers passed through the airport, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement.

It gave no reason for the strong performance in July but that month was an exceptionally busy period for the tourist sector as the Republic played host to the week-long International Olympic Committee meeting to select the city for the 2012 Summer Games.

July also included the last three weeks of annual Great Singapore Sale shopping festival which attracts tens of thousands of shopaholics from neighbouring countries.

In the first seven months of 2005, passenger traffic was up 7.4 per cent to 18.3 million from a year ago, the airport operator said.

Cargo traffic in July was 2.2 per cent higher at 154,000 tonnes while in the January-July period, it jumped 1.7 per cent to 1.02 million tonnes.

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DUTY FREE at Changi Airport ROCKS!!!!!!!!! Its like there are shops EVERYWHERE... At Kaohsiung International Airport, there was only like 1 shop in the transit area... Yeah the comparison is not fair, but the contrast is stark...
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DUTY FREE at Changi Airport ROCKS!!!!!!!!! Its like there are shops EVERYWHERE... At Kaohsiung International Airport, there was only like 1 shop in the transit area... Yeah the comparison is not fair, but the contrast is stark...
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i totally agree with u...........
the whole area is full of stuff to do..........
the last time i visited it...........
the just had a renovation and new shops.................
and they now have internet services and the garden is just pretty.............
and the staffs are nice too.............
for got bout the shops........
they're all very nice...............

I LUV CHANGI...........
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16 August 2005

Changi Airport ready for A380 super jumbos


SINGAPORE : Singapore's ultramodern Changi Airport on Tuesday unveiled its first gate capable of handling the Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial jetliner, which is due for delivery next year.

Singapore Airlines will be the launch customer for the aircraft. It has ordered 10 A380s with 15 more on option.

"For Changi Airport, the A380 will accentuate the trend of more passengers congregating at large hub airports," Minister of State for Transport Lim Hwee Hua said at the launch of Changi's first A380-compatible gate.

"We can expect more passengers to stop in Singapore for a stay, and an even greater number of transit and transfer passengers to pass through Changi."

Lim said Singapore will spare no efforts to be ready for the launch of the "super jumbo" jet.

Changi Airport has already spent 60 million Singapore dollars (36 million US) on improving existing facilities and infrastructure to accommodate the arrival of the double-decker plane capable of carrying up to 555 passengers.

"As an international air hub, Changi Airport must be well-positioned to handle the demands of the new A380 aircraft... otherwise, our competitors would only be too ready to roll out the red carpet to welcome any relocating airlines," Lim said.

Amid the anticipation of a new era in travel, Singapore Airlines has expressed unhappiness over the delay of the first A380, which was supposed to take place in April 2006. The timetable has now been pushed back to November.

Last year, Changi Airport enjoyed its busiest year ever handling a record 30.35 million passengers and 1.78 million tonnes of cargo.- AFP /ct

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Picture of the A380 capable gate with 3 aerobridges.


A new scale model of SIA's A380 set to be displayed in Changi Terminal 2.
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Business Times - 16 Aug 2005

Changi can't rest on laurels


TWO months ago, there was an article in an aviation magazine highlighting a survey of global airports by J D Power and Associates. It rated passenger satisfaction at large and medium-sized airports based on eight weighted criteria - accessibility, check-in, security, terminal facilities, food and beverage, retail stores, baggage claim and immigration/customs. Airports surveyed handled more than 10 million passengers.

What was remarkable about this survey was not that it ranked Singapore Changi as No 1 overall, ahead of Hong Kong and other leading airports. The really remarkable thing was that Changi ranked tops in every category, prompting Aviation Week & Space Technologies to note: 'When it comes to passenger satisfaction at the world's airports, there's Singapore Changi and there's everybody else.'

Indeed, even without this survey, most passengers who have passed through Changi would have been impressed with its efficiency, user-friendliness and cheery ambience. Last year, 30 million passengers passed through the airport. Over 18 million have used Changi Airport so far this year, representing a 7.4 per cent climb over the corresponding period last year. It also handled 1.02 million tonnes of cargo between January and July, which is 1.7 per cent up year on year. Today, Changi Airport offers more than 3,800 weekly flights to 170 cities in 50 countries, providing the connectivity that makes the airport a bustling hub. But its status as a pan-Asian hub is under threat. A combination of advances in aviation technology and the liberalisation of air routes has opened the door to unparalleled growth in both passenger and cargo traffic. It has also prompted changes in flight routes.

Today, a flight from Europe to Australia can stop over in either Dubai or Bangkok, instead of Singapore. Others like Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai are also aggressively pursuing hub-ambitions. The emergence of super long-range aircraft such as the Boeing 777-200LR and the Airbus 340-500 poses an even bigger challenge to hubs like Singapore, which can be bypassed.

Changi's rise to become Asia's 4th largest hub has fuelled Singapore's thriving aerospace industry, which employs over 13,000 people and accounts for over $4.5 billion in output. Changi hub has also made Singapore an attractive pan-Asian logistics hub and supply chain management nerve centre. But Changi is not sitting idly by in the face of competition. Incentives like the Air Hub Development Fund, first introduced in 2003, have proven effective in attracting airlines here. A new $300 million fund to strengthen Changi's hub status will kick in next year when the current $210 million fund expires this year. Changi has also been courting low cost airlines with its $45 million Low Cost Terminal, which will be ready next year. But the real ace in its pack is Singapore Airlines. As long as SIA remains the world beater that it is, and provides the kind of hub-spoke connectivity out of Changi which no other airline or airport can match, Changi will remain a leading Asian hub. Still, given the changes in the industry, it cannot rest on its laurels.

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17 August 2005

CIAS spends S$11m in revamp to improve airport services
By Anjana Menon, Channel NewsAsia

Changi International Airport Services is unveiling a brand new look.

The airport ground handler - which was bought by Dubai-based Emirates Group last year - now has a new logo.

At the same time, CIAS is spending millions of dollars to revitalise its services at the airport as it copes with increasing competition and price pressure.

Starting from Thursday, travellers to Changi Airport will be able to relax in a brand new lounge called SkyLounge.

The lounge is part of a series of initiatives announced by CIAS to keep its competitive edge.

Gary Chapman, Chairman, CIAS, said: "We've had considerable investment in new equipment, new facilities, new high loaders for the catering unit, expanding the catering unit and the investment in the new lounge at the airport for the passengers. That totals S$11 million. We see that as an investment in the future. It's about maintaining the high standards of service that's expected of us.''

But the company notes that rising oil pressures will put a pressure on margins.

Mr Chapman said: "You've got fuel costs representing 30 percent of an airline's cost, traditionally it used to be 10 to 12 percent. So the airlines are under pressure and they are looking at ways to cut costs without impacting on the service. We as a service to the aviation industry are going to be under pressure.''

Right now CIAS has a 20 percent share of the Singapore market.

It is looking for growth opportunities in the region in particular China and India, where air travel is booming. - CNA /ch

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Business Times - 24 Aug 2005

S'pore, Australia agree to work on open skies issue


By NANDE KHIN

SINGAPORE and Australia yesterday reached broad agreement on a range of economic issues including working towards open skies and successful outcome in world trade talks.

In a joint statement issued after high level talks in Perth, the ministers reiterated both countries' desire to increase bilateral transport cooperation and work towards an Open Skies Air Services Agreement in the near future.

The Australian ministers 'reaffirmed that the Australian government was considering the issue of open skies in the context of a broader review of international aviation market developments and the position of Australian international carriers'.

Singapore Airlines has been pursuing greater access to the lucrative Kangaroo route and Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong floated the idea of an alliance between the national carriers of the two countries.

These issues were noted by ministers of the two countries yesterday during the Fifth Meeting of the Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee.

The meeting in Perth was attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo, Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean and their Australian counterparts, Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade Mark Vaile and Minister for Defence Robert Hill.

The ministers noted that since the signing of the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (Safta), many Singapore and Australian companies and institutions have expanded their operations in the two countries, with several of them exporting to the other country for the first time.

The Safta came into effect on July 28, 2003 and over the past two years, the Australian Trade Commission has helped 454 Australian companies - of which 208 were new exporters - to win business in Singapore with a total export value of A$319.7 million (S$401 million). Last year, trade between the two countries also reached a new high of A$14.4 billion.

The ministers also agreed to 'accord high priority' to secure an Asean-Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement. The agreement is to serve as an important building block towards further economic integration on the multilateral front. The two countries also expressed their firm commitment to secure 'an ambitious outcome' at the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong in December with a 'view towards an expeditious conclusion of the Doha Round'.

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Business Times - 30 Aug 2005

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S'pore-India air pact is a good start, but more work remains

Opening up the Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi sector, which accounts for two-thirds of traffic, is one obvious area for future negotiations

By VEN SREENIVASAN
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FREQUENT travellers to India will no doubt welcome the fact that Singapore and India have moved another step forward in broadening their air services agreement.

Last week, the two countries signed an agreement for more flights between Singapore and the Indian cities of Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Under the deal, Singapore carriers can fly 1,480 more passengers a week to Bangalore, 640 passengers to Hyderabad and 640 to Kolkata. Indian carriers will be able to bring around 2,760 additional passengers a week to Singapore. Airlines from both countries will also have additional 'fifth freedom rights' - the ability to pick up passengers or cargo in each other's territory en route to other destinations.

The move is more important in spirit than in substance. The three cities currently account for only about a quarter of the flights between the two countries. On the other hand, the three critical points of Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi - which see the highest demand for tickets and account for two thirds of the traffic between the two countries - were left untouched by the deal. Hopefully these will be considered when officials from both sides meet again in six months to further review their air services agreement.

Nevertheless, the latest development is an important one which hopefully marks a new era in opening up of bilateral skies and markets. After all, it comes on the heels of the signing of the India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement recently. There are now 234 weekly scheduled passenger flights and 16 weekly scheduled freighter flights between Singapore and 11 Indian cities. These are operated by seven airlines: Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Indian Airlines, Air India, Jetstar Asia, Jet Airways and Air Sahara.

Despite recent new entrants such as Air Sahara, Jet Airways and JetstarAsia, demand for seats has continued to grow at a dramatic rate. Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) figures show that in 2003-04, passenger and cargo traffic between Singapore and India grew 25 per cent and 23 per cent respectively to 1.5 million passengers and 86,000 tonnes of cargo. In the first half of this year alone, the number of visitors from India to Singapore rose 22 per cent to 287,987.

The result has been severe under-capacity that has forced travellers to book tickets months in advance during the high season and kept fares among the highest - in dollar-per-kilometre terms - for any major international route. On average, a return economy class ticket between Singapore and Mumbai costs about $800, depending on the season - the same as a return ticket from Singapore to London or Auckland, which are much farther. In contrast, it costs half as much to fly back and forth from Hong Kong.

Industry observers have attributed the under-capacity to the Indian government's reluctance to open its skies for fear of harming national flag carrier Air India and domestic airlines, both of which badly need fleet renewal and expansion. Already, about 80 per cent of traffic to and out of India is carried by non-Indian carriers such as Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Lufthansa.

And it hasn't escaped attention that India is now cautiously moving to open up its skies as its two national carriers' move to upgrade their respective fleets.

But back to the Singapore-based air traveller to India. The big question on his mind will be whether any of this will have any impact on the exorbitant fares he has to cough up for tickets. Not likely, at least not in the near term.

While there will be seasonal spikes and troughs in a competitive and diverse market such as India when new players emerge (Air Sahara is currently selling return tickets to New Delhi at under S$150, while JetStar is selling round trip tickets to Kolkata at around S$180), capacity is clearly not growing system-wide in tandem with demand.

The additional 2,760 seats from the latest agreement will be distributed among the five Singapore carriers (including the three budget carriers) by the Air Traffic Rights Committee (ATRC) in a competitive 'bidding' process.

Pressure on fares will start when two more things happen. First, the three Singapore budget carriers must successfully get some of the rights allocated by the ATRC, then start offering competitive fares on them. Second, and perhaps more importantly, India has to offer more rights to the three most popular points in the country: Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi.

It does not take a genius to figure out the impact of Tiger Airways, Valuair, and Jetstar Asia operating flights between Changi and these three cities. One only has to look at Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia flights to Manila for an indication of the potential.

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Sept 3, 2005
Changi may drop bid for India airport
But Indian partner in consortium seeking to manage air hubs denies talk of pullout

By Ravi Velloor
India Bureau Chief

NEW DELHI - SINGAPORE Changi Airport may pull out of a consortium bidding for rights to manage airports being privatised in New Delhi and Mumbai, India's biggest metros.

Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal, whose Bharti Enterprises is the lead partner in the consortium, returned from Singapore on Thursday night after a hectic lobbying effort to make the project stand, sources on the island said.

Mr Mittal runs Bharti Televentures, India's No. 1 cellular services provider in which SingTel is a joint venture partner. Bharti spokesman Raj Sekhar said the company's relationship with Changi continues to be 'as strong as ever'.

'The tender documents have just come out. Both teams are studying the tender documents and preparing to bid for Delhi airport,' Mr Sekhar said in a telephone interview.

An investment banker familiar with the airport sale plan told The Straits Times that the sticking point for Changi could be the conditions imposed by the Indian government. Alternatively, it could mean dissonance between the joint venture partners.

'In this case, I would say the former is more the case. It seems in Changi's assessment the project's viability may be in question,' he said.

For that reason, says a Singapore-based person familiar with the matter, Changi may prefer to be a consultant to the project rather than an equity partner.

A decision by Singapore to refrain from joining the bidding is bound to be received with a measure of disappointment in India, given Changi's reputation as one of the world's best-known airport operators.

CAAS subsidiary Champs (Changi Airport Management and Partners Singapore) is the company that is participating in the bid. CAAS's response to queries was not available at press time.

India's civil aviation ministry sent 'transaction documents' to the bidders this week, seeking technical and financial bids by Sept 14.

The Indian government wants to pick bidders by the end of the year from the eight consortiums it short-listed earlier.

Aside from Changi, other global airport operators who were sent the transaction documents include Fraport AG, Malaysia Airports Bhd and Hochtief Airport GmbH. Malaysia Airports is also building a new airport with GMR Group in southern Hyderabad city.

Analysts said the Bharti-Changi consortium was seen as the front runner to win the mandate for the Delhi airport. In fact, Malaysia Airports' former partner DLF Group, which has a massive landbank close to Delhi airport, had switched sides to join it.

Foreign companies that make successful bids will have to spend 151 billion rupees (S$6 billion) on upgrading the two facilities, according to the government's assessment.

According to the upgrade plan, overseas and Indian private companies will be allowed to buy 74 per cent of the two airports and manage them for 30 years. The state-run Airports Authority of India will hold the remainder.

The government will give the contract to the company which agrees to share the maximum revenue, Aviation Secretary Ajay Prasad told reporters this week. They will also have the 'first right' to bid and manage any future new airports at Mumbai or New Delhi.

No single company will be allowed to own both airports. A company that bids successfully for both will have to choose which facility it wants to keep.

India is embarking on a modernisation plan for its airports, led by Mumbai and Delhi, as existing facilities are straining to cope with the boom in domestic and international travel.

India first sought bids from local and overseas companies for owning 74 per cent of the two airports in June last year.

Following opposition from lawmakers, the government cut the stake overseas investors can own in the new airport to 49 per cent, helping domestic players enter the consortiums.

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08 September 2005

Transport Minister Yeo to visit Gulf countries to establish more air links

By S. Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong is leading a six-day business delegation to Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates from Saturday.

He will visit key airports and airlines in these countries, and call on his counterparts.

The Transport Ministry says Mr Yeo's visit is aimed at fostering closer bilateral transport cooperation, especially in facilitating more air links with these countries.

The three Gulf countries have open skies agreements with Singapore.

In Bahrain, Mr Yeo will also witness the signing of two contracts between Fraser Serviced Residences and Seef Properties. - CNA/de

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