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Old September 9th, 2005, 04:32 AM   #521
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From the Changi Newsletter (Aug edition)

LAUNCH OF SPECIAL CARE LOUNGE



The Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) has just launched their Special Care Lounge on 29 July 2005 to cater for passengers, arriving at and departing from Terminal 1, with special needs such as follows:
1. Passengers on wheelchairs
2. Elderly travellers or passengers with mobility disabilities
3. Unaccompanied minors and young passengers travelling alone
4. Visually-impaired and/or hearing-impaired passengers
5. Passengers on stretchers





The Lounge, located at Terminal 1, is designed to help these passengers who need special assistance, to make their travel a more comfortable and hassle-free experience.

Its operating hours are from 0300 hours to 0100 hours daily. Passengers can contact the Special Care Lounge at 6541 8581 or via fax at 6541 8593 to make prior arrangements for special assistance
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Sept 13, 2005

Airport bid collapse: S'pore partner blamed
Indian firm Bharti pulls plug on venture to run Delhi airport

By Ravi Velloor
India Bureau Chief

BANGALORE - INDIA'S Bharti Enterprises yesterday announced it was pulling out of a bid to run Delhi airport and blamed its Singapore partner for the aborted move.

The venture had one other Indian partner, DLF Group.

Last week, Changi Airport Managers and Partners (Champs), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) which owns and operates Changi Airport, wrote to its Indian partners that it would not be able to fulfil the conditions that New Delhi has imposed on bidders under the revised terms announced at the end of August.

But a Bharti statement issued in New Delhi yesterday said the two Indian partners both feel that while the conditions laid down in the Indian government's tender are challenging, they can be met with commitment from all partners.

However, it added: 'We cannot proceed without the commitment of Changi, as it is an essential qualification criteria to have an airport operator participate in the bidding process. Bharti is dismayed at this development.'

Selling stakes in the two airports is part of an upgrade plan in which private companies will be allowed to buy 74 per cent of the Mumbai and Delhi airports and manage them for 30 years.

The Airports Authority of India, the government body that owns all but one of the country's commercial airports, will hold the remaining 26 per cent. As many as eight groups of companies are in the running for bidding that closes tomorrow.

India first sought bids from local and overseas companies in June 2004.

The plan has been delayed because of opposition from lawmakers, after which the government cut the amount of stake overseas investors can own in the airports to 49 per cent.

Indian companies cannot bid on their own as the government bid conditions mandated that an overseas partner with a track record of running airports must be part of the bidding consortium.

Bharti's statement comes after company chairman Sunil Mittal's frantic efforts to keep the bid going failed.

It also confirms a Straits Times report two weeks ago that Champs may pull out of the consortium bid due to the stringent conditions imposed by the Indian government.

The developments are a crushing blow for Mr Mittal, who built up a company making telephone-answering machines into India's No.1 cellular phone service provider.

With Changi's participation, the consortium was widely seen as the front runner to win the contract to run Delhi airport.

Bharti, whose telecoms operation is a joint venture with SingTel, said yesterday that it had picked Changi as its partner because of its reputation as the best airport operator in the world.

'However, its efforts have been frustrated with Changi's unwillingness to commit to the key terms of the tender conditions,' it said in its statement yesterday.

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Business Times - 13 Sep 2005

Hock Lock Siew
Qantas, Sats: politics at issue?

By VEN SREENIVASAN

SINGAPORE Airport Terminal Services (Sats) faces the unpleasant possibility of losing part of the Qantas ground services mandate, according to Australian media reports.

The Australian carrier is a major customer of Sats, which is 84.63 per cent owned by national carrier Singapore Airlines. Of the 7,100 flights that Sats handles at Changi each month, 310 are Qantas services.

That works out to just over 4 per cent. But in revenue terms, Qantas accounts for around 7 per cent of Sats' income. And the part of the business that's coming up for renegotiation - apron and passenger handling - accounts for between 2 and 3 per cent.

Not material, for sure, but not without some impact either. If Sats were to lose these two businesses, it could ultimately lead to the loss of the remaining parts of Qantas's ground services when contracts on them fall due for renewal next year.

But is Qantas really ready to abandon Sats - which has served it for more than 40 years - in favour of one of the other two players at Changi, Dnata-owned Changi International Airport Services (CIAS) or new-kid-on-the-block Swissport?

The two competitors would doubtless love to lure Qantas because it's the second biggest player at Changi.

CIAS, which used to be controlled by Temasek Holdings and a consortium of airlines, has proved its ability to attract Sats customers in recent years. And it's now spending about $12 million to upgrade facilities and services.

Swissport has also started expanding. It has just secured Thai AirAsia and Indonesia's Adam Air, which, with parent Swiss International, give it 48 flights a week from next month. And Swissport is talking to more airlines as its new cargo warehouse nears completion in November.

Sats, which controls 80 per cent of ground-handling at Changi, is itself spending $23 million to upgrade and expand cargo capabilities, passenger services, training and in-flight catering facilities.

At the end of the day, one would assume that Qantas will make a rational business decision based on a combination of factors, such as fees, quality of service and capabilities.

But media reports suggest politics may also be at play.

Australian newspapers have hinted that the ground-services issue could be an extension of the war of words between Qantas and SIA over whether the latter gets access to the lucrative Qantas-dominated Sydney-Los Angeles route.

Who knows? But one thing is for sure. The question mark over Qantas and Sats comes after SIA invited other ground-services operators to bid for its business in Australia - though it did so after Qantas said it wanted to raise charges annually for three years, even as competitors offered cheaper rates.

In fact, SIA is not the only airline looking to switch. Australian media reports suggest Air New Zealand is also looking for a more competitive services provider.

Losing SIA would hurt Qantas to the tune of 'tens of millions of dollars' and up to 300 jobs, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The whole episode also puts the spotlight on the 'reciprocity' principle that has traditionally governed how national airlines offer support services to one another.

In the past they offered preferential rates in exchange for similar courtesy. But recent divestments of non-core businesses by some airlines and the entry of independent ground-services players have broken up these symbiotic relationships.

For example, Patrick Air Services, which SIA is said to have chosen in Australia, was not in the picture when SIA and Qantas tied up their ground-services deal decades ago.

SIA itself toyed with the idea of divesting Sats two years ago but decided otherwise after the sums showed the ground-services subsidiary makes a steady and consistent contribution to the group's bottom line.

Whatever decision Qantas makes will have an impact - albeit small - on Sats. If it stays, it is likely to do so because Sats cuts its charges further. If not, Sats could lose up to 3 per cent of revenue, and more after that. But whatever happens, the eventual outcome should be based on hard-nosed business calculations - not politics.

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Sept 15, 2005
NEWS ANALYSIS

Why Delhi airport deal went wrong
Changi manager's venture with Indian partners looked like a winner, but it was not to be

By Ravi Velloor
India Bureau Chief

BANGALORE - WHAT began as a promising partnership that many bet would clinch India's airport privatisation deal has gone all wrong.

Singapore's Changi Airport Managers and Partners (Champs) came armed with a reputation for running one of the best airports in the world, but told its Indian partners last week that it would not be able to fulfil the conditions that New Delhi has imposed on bidders under the revised terms announced at the end of last month.

The problems it had with the new conditions caused the bid to be aborted and clearly displeased the lead partner in the consortium, India's Bharti Enterprises.

And India's government is embarrassed, more so because another international consortium - involving German airport operator Hochtief - also withdrew its bid for Mumbai airport on Tuesday.

There are even dark suggestions in the media about Singapore's reluctance to see high-quality aviation hubs coming up in India.

So what went wrong?

To begin with, the revised tender announced late last month put excessive performance obligations exclusively on the foreign partners in the projects. They were to guarantee not just project deadlines, but revenue yields as well.

In a nation notorious for project delays, that meant agreeing to a deadline and preparing for the possibility of losing their reputations by asking for extensions.

What is more, even as India's domestic air traffic is expanding by as much as a fifth every year, no planner could ignore the fact that the powerful Left parties, on whose support the Indian government stands, have been opposing the privatisation of the airports and suggesting alternative ways to improve the facilities.

The obvious counterweight to that was the undoubted financial and political muscle of the Indian partners, Bharti and the DLF Group, a real estate company with a huge land bank close to the Delhi airport.

But in Singapore, where many key officials still remain unfamiliar with India's dynamics, the strengths that Bharti and DLF brought to the table were perhaps not enough.

Besides, Singapore's political leaders have increasingly been reluctant to intervene in the commercial decisions of board-managed state companies, cutting out an avenue that Bharti chairman Sunil Mittal could have used to salvage the project.

But if Champs was a tad too cautious this time, perhaps some key markers in Singapore's contemporary involvement in Indian aviation also played a part in its decision.

In the mid-1990s, Singapore Airlines and India's highly reputed Tata Group applied under existing rules to set up a joint-venture domestic airline. Domestic pressure, chiefly from a private Indian airline, killed the project.

Inexplicably, the Indian government then announced new rules that allowed all but foreign airlines to take a stake in Indian domestic carriers. In short, a company making popiah could apply for an airline joint venture in India; Singapore Airlines, perhaps the best-managed global carrier, could not.

A year later, Singapore teamed up with the Tatas to bid for the new Bangalore airport, along with Raytheon of the United States. Again it ran into difficulties, brought on equally by the nature of Indian politics, government changes and questions about the location of the project.

Finally, after spending about a million dollars on feasibility studies, the project was shelved.

A Siemens consortium is now building Bangalore airport. Work started on July 2, some eight years behind the original schedule.

Indian officials counter such arguments by saying that Singapore was given two good opportunities to come in big into India's aviation sector.

Four years ago, it offered SIA a 49 per cent stake in Air India. SIA backed off after doing due diligence on the airline. A few months later, they say, Delhi airport's modernisation was offered to Singapore on a government-to-government basis. Again, the Republic baulked.

Singapore officials familiar with SIA's thinking say the carrier, while keen on Air India at the time, pulled out of the bid for two reasons.

Its troubles with its Air New Zealand investment had just come to a boil. What is more, SwissAir had just gone under because of its overseas investments. Against that background, SIA was reluctant to take a gamble on India.

On the Delhi airport offer, Singapore preferred to bid in an open international tender to avoid allegations of sweetheart deals that could pour out from India from a direct deal.

That said, some fallout is perhaps inevitable from this week's developments between Champs and Bharti, given Mr Mittal's bruised sentiments and the emphasis New Delhi has placed on its airport modernisation plans.

As Hochtief's announcement shows, Champs is not the only company with reservations about the conditions.

But anyone who thinks Singapore is reluctant to participate in India's infrastructure development plans only needs to visit Bangalore.

The Bangalore International Technology Park (ITPL), set up by a Singapore consortium, is a great example of world-class infrastructure. For almost a decade, it has been the benchmark for similar projects around the nation. Its presence, some 17km from the city centre, has lured dozens more IT and IT-related companies to set up shop in the area.

More tellingly, ITPL today commands floor rates even higher than newer buildings that are coming up closer to the city.

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Business Times - 15 Sep 2005

Nippon Express to build its Asean hub here

LOGISTICS giant Nippon Express (NES) will build its South-east Asia hub at the Airport Logistics Park of Singapore (ALPS). A 15,000 square metre Free Trade Zone located next to Changi Airport, the hub will allow Nippon to provide one-stop logistics services more conveniently.

The hub, comprising an office block and warehouse space, will be completed in Q4 2006. It will be NES's third facility in Singapore.

NES says this new centre will specialise in international freight transportation, inventory management, trade facilitation, regional trans-shipment and other such services. Linking its ALPS location with its existing, ocean-related site in the west, NES will be better equipped to integrate its air and sea services.

It is also well poised to meet companies' increasing demand for air-related logistics services. NES said its business in this sector has increased by 280 per cent over the last three years, putting pressure on its existing air-related facility at the Changi South Distrizone. The hub will bring NES's total warehouse space here to 60,000 sq m, which will better enable the firm to meet demand.

The hub will also enable NES to consolidate its operations in one facility, instead of relying on the several leased facilities it has used so far. This consolidation, the company hopes, will enhance its competitiveness. It is particularly keen to attract businesses in the high-tech and automotive sectors.

NES has invested a total of $100 million in Singapore, and further investments are planned for the upgrading of its IT infrastructure, warehouse management systems, systems integration and automation of processes. NES hopes to grow its market share by 5 per cent with the building of the hub.

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21 September 2005

Singapore airport handles more passengers, cargo in August


SINGAPORE : Singapore's Changi Airport handled 2.78 million passengers in August, up 7.0 percent from last year, the airport operator said Wednesday, in another sign travel demand remains steady despite higher oil prices.

In the eight months to August, 21.12 million passengers passed through Changi, up 7.3 percent, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement.

Changi handled some 152,000 tonnes of cargo in August, up 3.4 percent from a year earlier, while for the eight months, it totalled 1.18 million tonnes, up 1.9 percent.

Changi Airport is currently served by more than 80 airlines connecting to more than 180 cities worldwide.- AFP /ct

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Sept 23, 2005
Tiger is only carrier set for low-cost terminal
Other budget airlines yet to sign up for new Changi site, to be ready early next year

By Arthur Poon

WITH just months to the opening of the new low-cost terminal at Changi Airport, only one airline has so far signed up to use it - Tiger Airways.

Singapore's other low-cost airline, Jetstar Asia, said yesterday that moving to the new terminal is not a priority as it focuses on consolidating the company following its recent merger with Valuair.

A Jetstar spokesman said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) had invited the company to use the new terminal. 'The proposal is under evaluation but there is no time frame for us to reach a conclusion.'

Budget travellers may not be worse off if Jetstar forgoes the lower charges at the new terminal, as they can continue to enjoy the better facilities offered at Terminal 1, said Mr Vincent Ng, an aviation analyst with Standard and Poor's Equity Research.

Another budget carrier expected to use the low-cost terminal, Thai AirAsia - an associate of Malaysia's AirAsia - said it has not even been wooed.

AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes said: 'We are keen to utilise the new low-cost terminal given that the cost and facilities are right. But no one has approached Thai AirAsia on this yet.'

Thai AirAsia has been flying between Singapore and Bangkok since February last year.

The low-cost terminal will be about a twelfth the size of Changi's Terminal 1, with a capacity to handle about 2.7 million passengers a year. The $45 million single-storey complex is expected to be completed early next year.

Asked if Tiger may turn out to be the only carrier using the terminal, a CAAS spokesman replied: 'There are other airlines which have expressed interest and we will continue to discuss with them on their needs. We welcome all carriers to use the low-cost terminal if it meets their operational requirements.'

She declined to comment on whether the interested parties included full-service carriers.

So far, only 'Tiger Airways confirmed that it will be using the low-cost terminal when it is ready', the spokesman said.

This week, Tiger said it hoped to fly three million passengers next year, a sixfold increase from this year, due to planned expansions in the airline's fleet and network.

Tiger will experiment with 'pan-regional' routes - those that bypass Singapore - by introducing a Manila-Macau service from next month. However, most of its passengers are still expected to pass through Singapore and this could mean Tiger alone could provide the level of traffic the new terminal needs to succeed.

Tiger's chief executive, Mr Tony Davis, said: 'The terminal provides us with a lower cost base, allowing us to keep our costs down and this, in turn, helps us to keep our fares low.'

However, he declined to say how much his airline would enjoy in cost savings.

Airlines that use the terminal could cut their parking and other charges by 25 per cent, Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said in May.

According to the latest CAAS figures, budget carriers now account for 9 per cent of Changi's scheduled weekly flights, operating 179 flights to 17 cities. It is a dramatic increase from just six months ago, when they operated only 70 weekly flights to six cities.

The opening of the low-cost terminal may coincide with that of the RM108 million (S$48 million) no-frills terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The Changi facility will have separate arrival and departure halls with their own duty-free retail outlets. It will, however, not have expensive plasma TVs, travellators or aerobridges.

Passengers will also have to walk 15m to 20m on the tarmac between the terminal and the aircraft.

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Business Times - 28 Sep 2005

CAAS unit wanted Delhi airport bid to proceed

Champs refutes partner Bharti's claims it pulled out at last minute

By ANGELA TAN

CHANGI Airport Managers and Partners (Champs) - a partner in the consortium that was in the race to run the New Delhi international airport - yesterday dismissed claims by India's Bharti Enterprise that it suddenly pulled out of the project.

Champs - a unit of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), which owns and operates Changi Airport - said it was in fact prepared to proceed with the bid.

The CAAS unit was responding to consortium partner Bharti Enterprise's assertion in a BT report yesterday that Champs had withdrawn from the project suddenly. In an interview with BT on Monday, Rajan Mittal, joint managing director of Bharti Enterprise, said he was 'very disillusioned and surprised' by Champs' last minute withdrawal.

In a reply to BT query, Champs yesterday reiterated that it was prepared to proceed with the bid.

'Champs recommended that the consortium submit a bid based on what Champs viewed as a project time-line and service quality requirements that the consortium would be able to meet,' Champs said, adding: 'Champs believes that it is preferable to state at the time of the submission of the bid what in its view the consortium would be able to deliver and successfully complete within the time-line. This would minimise subsequent disputes, especially for a major iconic project such as this.'

Earlier this month, Bharti said Champs informed its partners that it would not be able to fulfil the conditions laid down by the Indian government. Without Champs, both Bharti and its other partner, India's real-estate group DLF, cannot proceed with the bid as it is an essential qualification criterion to have an airport operator participate in the bidding.

Champs said in an earlier statement that on Sept 9, when all bidders were required to confirm their acceptance of the final bid documents, Bharti decided to seek an extension of the time-lines for the bid submission from the authorities in order for the consortium to present its views on the concerns.

It added then: 'Champs has just learnt that Bharti and the DLF group have decided not to proceed with the bid. Champs regrets that the consortium is not able to bid for this prestigious airport project after working on the bid process over the last two years.'

Champs partnered Bharti and DLF to form Bharti Changi Consortium to bid for the right to modernise and upgrade the Delhi airport. Champs had said it joined the consortium as a proposed minority equity partner and that its role would be that of the proposed airport operator to the consortium. 'As in most large scale projects, it is not uncommon for the terms and conditions of the bid to differ from the expectations of the bidders,' Champs added.

Bharti and Champs had divergent views over how the consortium should address the outstanding critical issues and the approach taken to resolve them. These include the stipulated project time-line for the new terminal, service quality requirements and in particular, conditions in one of the key bid documents which cast a significant portion of the obligations of managing and operating the airport on the airport operator along with a stipulated performance bank guarantee.

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This story was printed from TODAYonline

Keeping fees fair

Air hub fund extended for 3 years with increased budget

Friday • September 30, 2005

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AIRLINES landing in Singapore can continue to enjoy savings until 2008, as the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will be extending and enlarging its Air Hub Development Fund.

The fund was due to expire at the end of the year.

A CAAS spokesperson told Today that the $210 million fund — which was introduced in 2002 to reinforce Singapore's air hub status — will continue for another three years at an increased budget of $300 million.

This represents a substantial mark-up of 43 per cent.

The fund, which allows airlines to enjoy discounts on landing fees and gives rental discounts to airport tenants, is intended to tide the aviation industry over turbulent times.

When it was introduced in 2002, the industry was reeling from the 911 terrorist attacks and Sars.

Regional competition was also heating up, with several new airports opening in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok and Seoul.

Said OCBC investment research manager Rohan Suppiah: "Now, the air hub competition is just as intense, if not more so.

"Airline operation costs have also escalated, primarily due to fuel costs.

"This move can be seen as Changi wanting to cement its position as an air hub of the region, and to help the aviation industry recover."

Under the fund, the more than 80 airlines that land at Changi and Seletar airports enjoy a 15-per-cent discount on aircraft landing fees.

Based on the three-hour average turnaround time for an aircraft, this means that an airline operating a Boeing 747-400 aircraft will pay a total landing fee of $3,732 instead of $4,334 — resulting in a savings of $602.

The landing fee for an Airbus A320-200 will be $701 instead of $796, resulting in savings of $95.

Over the past three years, the fund has generated about $90 million in savings for the airlines using Changi Airport.

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Business Times - 30 Sep 2005

S'pore to offer transit visitors with free city tour

SINGAPORE - Singapore will offer free city tours and airport shower facilities to transit passengers in a bid to enhance its position as a regional travel hub, the Singapore Tourism Board said on Friday.

From Saturday, passengers in transit at Changi Airport can hop on a free shuttle bus that will bring them to three popular destinations -- Suntec City shopping mall, Little India and Parkway Parade near the beach, it said.

Visitors preferring to move around on their own would be given a 'tourist day pass'.

This will entitle them to free rides within a 24-hour period on the subway train system, which connects the airport to the rest of the city-state.

'On their return to the airport, transit passengers can choose to freshen up with a choice of a food or drink voucher or a complimentary use of airport shower facilities,' STB said in a statement.

More than five million transit passengers pass through Singapore's Changi Airport annually.

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04 October 2005

Changi Airport to launch self-service kiosks for check-in next year
By Jeana Wong, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Do-it-yourself check in will be available at Changi Airport from next year.

Tech-savvy travellers will be able to check themselves in at self-service kiosks.

And if you have baggage with you, the Civil Aviation Authority says provisions will be made so such passengers can use the kiosks too.

Globally, passenger traffic grew almost 9 percent in the first half of the year, due in part to an increasing number of first-time travellers.

This rapid growth brings challenges to the travel industry to be more efficient, and CAAS' plans to introduce the kiosks will improve passenger flow. - CNA /ct

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From the October edition of Friends of Changi

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AIRLINE UPDATES

Adam Air launches flights between Singapore and Jakarta

From October 2005, Indonesia’s private carrier, Adam Air, will offer three daily services between Singapore and Jakarta, operated by Boeing 737-400 aircrafts. Passengers to Jakarta can also enjoy connecting flights to the airline's 15 domestic Indonesian destinations, including Medan, Surabaya and Bali.

Garuda Increases its Shanghai and Denpasar Services, Reduces Medan Services

Garuda Indonesia has increased its services between Singapore and Shanghai from 3 to 4 times a week, departing every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. Its services between Singapore and Denpasar have also increased from 7 to 10 times a week, with additional flights departing every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. However, the carrier has reduced its daily service between Singapore and Medan to 4 weekly services, departing every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. With the change in services, Garuda now operates 98 flights weekly through Singapore.

Emirates Launches Additional Flights through Singapore

Come 30 October 2005, Emirates will offer 6 additional flights weekly through Singapore. Three flights will serve the Dubai to Singapore route, via Jakarta, while another three flights will fly from Singapore to Dubai, via Kuala Lumpur. With the additional services, Emirates now operates 24 weekly services through Singapore.
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When it comes to an airport with services and amenities which match that of a hotel and a shopping mall, Changi's Airport fits that description very well.
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Changi Airport Auctioning Electronics Goods From Just S$1

SINGAPORE, Oct 7 Asia Pulse - The latest technological and electronic marvels could be yours for as little as S$1 each this month if you're travelling through Changi Airport.

The 'S$1 Gadget Bid,' which is open to those who spend a minimum of S$50 (US$29.70) at any retail or food & beverage outlet at the airport, is the brainchild of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

The unique auction, which will accept bids from as little as S$1, forms part of the airport's annual 'Digital Connection 2005' fair, which showcases the latest photographic equipment, lifestyle electronics and computer products.

"IT and electronic products offered at Changi Airport are very popular especially among the Australians, Chinese, Europeans and Indians travellers," Wong Woon Liong, Director-General of Civil Aviation, CAAS, said in a statement.

"Our shops are among the first to roll out the latest products, such as current hits like the iPod Nano and Panasonic Lumix FX8.

"Departing passengers are also attracted to the 5 per cent Goods & Services Tax (GST) savings on their purchases at the airport, and the international warranty for IT products."

Four auctions are to be conducted daily and some of the items up for bidding include the Apple iPod Nano, Canon Digital IXUS i5 , Panasonic Lumix FX8 digital camera, O2 Xphone II, Toshiba Qosimo notebook and IT accessories like optical mouse and notebook bags.

"Sales for last year's IT show at Changi Airport surpassed 2003's by more than 70 per cent," Wong added.

"We hope that the month-long 'Digital Connection' this year will spur sales further for products in our IT/electronics category.--ASIA PULSE

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Oct 8, 2005
Electronic goods from $1 at airport
'Gadget Bid' is part of Changi's new push to beat competition from regional rivals

By Arthur Poon

FIRST, there were free showers and city tours. Now, travellers passing through Changi Airport are lured with ultra-cheap electronic goods as the airport keeps up the fight to stay ahead of the competition.

Travellers who spend at least $50 at any retail or food outlet this month can make a bid - starting at $1 - for any of 20 electronic items such as MP3 players, digital cameras and notebook computers auctioned daily.

The move is part of Changi's push to retain its hub status, and fend off competition from regional rivals like Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Bangkok's new US$3.7 billion (S$6.2 billion) Suvarnabhumi Airport expected to be ready next June.

Earlier this month, freebies like two-hour city tours and drinks were dished out by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) as part of its push to make Singapore 'the World's Biggest Transit Lounge'.

Now, Changi hopes to be a shopping paradise and increase revenue from non-airline charges.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said it is able to keep operating costs of airlines at Changi low and competitive because about 60 per cent of the airport's revenue comes from non-aeronautical sources such as fees from duty-free retail and food and beverage operators.

A spokesman said CAAS has been successful in growing Changi's commercial revenue 'as we are always on the lookout for new ideas to enhance the commercial potential of the airport, be it through offering new retail concepts, or by increasing the revenue streams from existing retail space'.

For the year ended March 31, non-aeronautical revenue was $559 million, up 16 per cent from a year ago.

The '$1 Gadget Bid' will not only generate a buzz among travellers, but also attract them to check out the latest IT and electronic offerings at Changi stores, CAAS director-general Wong Woon Liong said at yesterday's launch of Digital Connection 2005.

The annual fair, held at the airport, showcases the latest electronic equipment.

Mr Wong said IT and electronic products offered at Changi are very popular, 'especially among European, Australian, Indian and Chinese travellers'.

One lucky traveller yesterday was Swede Ted Boman, who walked away with a Creative Zen Touch MP3 music player worth $489, following his winning bid of $230.

The 31-year-old sales manager, who was at Changi for a three-hour transit, loved the auction concept.

Another traveller, Singaporean Koh Kok Leng, 50, paid just $401 for a Panasonic Portable DVD player worth $1,099.

'Having the auction adds vibrancy. It is a better way of attracting passengers, instead of having just rows of shops like other airports,' he said.

More than five million air passengers stopped over in Singapore last year.

Eighty airlines use the airport on 3,900 weekly flights to more than 180 cities in 56 countries.

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Business Times - 11 Oct 2005

Changi Airport: S'pore's premier shopping mall

SINGAPORE - If Singapore is a shopper's paradise, Changi airport must be its golden gate.

With its plush carpeting, smartly dressed sales staff and modern decor, Changi could be mistaken for a chic mall along the Orchard Road shopping belt were it not for the signs pointing to flight boarding gates - and the jumbo jets parked beyond the glass walls.

Globetrotting shopcoholics do not even have to leave the airport premises to buy a staggering range of products, from a diamond ring costing more than US$100,000 to a can of soda worth 70 Singapore cents, or an electronic massage chair than can be delivered to your home.

'Changi is the largest shopping mall in Singapore in terms of sales,' Jeffrey Loke, assistant commercial director of the airport's operator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), told AFP.

CAAS declined to disclose total annual sales, citing competitive reasons, but said one-third of its revenues of more than US$500 million in the year to March 2005 came from shop rentals and a percentage of their receipts.

More than 30,000 square meters of space in Changi's two terminals - a third is under construction - is dedicated to retail and food and beverage concessions.

Tired shoppers with time to spare can go for a foot massage, have their nails done or check into the airport hotel for a nap.

In 2004, Changi enjoyed its busiest year ever, handling a record 30.35 million passengers, and 2005 is shaping up as another strong year. In the eight months to August, 21.12 million passengers passed through Changi, up 7.3 per cent from a year ago.

'About 70 per cent of all travellers buy or eat something in Changi,' Mr Loke of CAAS said in an interview.

Europeans burdened by high taxes at home are the biggest duty-free shoppers in Changi followed closely by Singaporeans and other wealthy Asians.

Including retail and food and beverage earnings, about 60 per cent of CAAS' revenues are derived from 'non-aeronautical' sources, the reverse of the usual revenue ratio for major airports, which earn most of their money from airline-linked services.

More than half of retail sales in Changi are contributed by liquor and perfumes, with watches and tobacco also high on the list of popular items.

In the first six months of 2005, retail sales grew 13.3 per cent over the same period in 2004 and 67 per cent over the same period in 2003, CAAS said.

Following an upgrade launched in 2004, some of the world's most coveted designer brands have opened plush outlets in the airport.

They include Prada, Gucci, Bulgari and Hermes, which sells silk windbreakers for $3,750 and lambskin shoulder bags for $3,000.

Over at a liquor concession, a limited-edition bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac in a special decanter with a diamond embedded in the stopper is priced at more than $8,000. Five bottles have been sold so far.

Singapore competes with other duty-free havens like Hong Kong in Asia and Dubai in the Middle East.

Mr Loke said that among major international airports, Changi enjoys 'one of the highest concession revenues per passenger in the world'.

Singapore is the main hub of the so-called Kangaroo Route - the long-haul travel zone stretching from Australia and New Zealand to Europe - and Changi's shops aim for the busy transit passenger market.

'These are the people who will have more than two to three hours to spend here or are travelling between Europe and the region,' Mr Loke said.

Wealthy people from developing Asian countries are among the most avid shoppers in Changi.

One Indonesian woman spent more than $100,000 at the Lee Hwa jewellery shop while waiting for her flight. Shoppers from China and India, Asia's most dynamic economies, are also becoming key customers at Changi.

'Indonesians don't buy a lot of items, but they buy the very expensive stuff,' said Mr Loke of CAAS.

The Japanese used to be known as the most lavish spenders among Asian travellers but Mr Loke said that 'somehow their spending is not coming back as strongly as other nationalities'.

Singapore Retailers Association executive director Lau Chuen Wei said Changi 'is certainly one of the larger up-market shopping malls in Singapore' and it does not hurt city retailers, some of whom have outlets in the airport.

'So, no, it does not take away very much from the downtown retailers, and especially not those who cater to the mass market,' said Ms Lau.

'And yes, retail sales generated at the airport are still a contribution to Singapore's economy, hence a strong component of Singapore's retail industry.'

With more than eight million visitors entering Singapore every year, tourism accounts for about 5 per cent of the republic's gross domestic product and is being given high priority in long-term development plans.

Singapore, which has only 4.2 million people, aims to double tourist arrivals to 17 million by 2015, and many of them will surely be spending money in Changi airport.

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