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Old March 24th, 2006, 07:37 AM   #621
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Since I can't try it when I leave (or maybe I could if time permits), I guess I could try squeezing out a little time like 5 mins or so upon my arrival at Terminal 1 in 5 weeks time to try out the new system (anyone knows how long Changi Airport allows you to stay in the transit area before you must pass through immigration?).
And pictures if you do.

I doubt public lines will open soon.

1) Trains have not been tested on this route

2) Track is still hanging in the air, heheh.
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Old March 25th, 2006, 03:45 AM   #622
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24 March 2006

SATS in cargo handling joint venture in China

SINGAPORE : Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) is forming a joint venture with China Aviation Qingdao Liuting Airport.

They are setting up a company called Qingdao Airport Cargo Service to provide cargo handling services to domestic and international airlines at Qingdao Liuting International Airport.

The deal is part of efforts by SATS to boost its investments overseas and establish itself as a leading airport ground-handling player in the Asia-Pacific region.

SATS will initially hold a 49 percent stake in the JV - with its Chinese partner holding the remaining 51 percent.

The shareholdings will be adjusted should a third partner be admitted into the the joint venture.

Qingdao Airport Cargo Service will have an initial registered capital of almost 78.5 million renminbi or about S$16 million.

It will take over the operations of the existing cargo terminal in the airport - as well as construct and operate a new international cargo terminal.

Liuting International Airport is the main commercial airport in China's Shandong province.

Authorities there are aiming to position Qingdao as a premier air cargo hub and encourage further trade in the Shandong region. - CNA/ms

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April 12, 2006
Sats-Air India group wins Bangalore airport deal

By Karamjit Kaur
Aviation Correspondent

A SINGAPORE Airport Terminal Services (Sats) and Air India consortium has bagged one of two contracts to build and operate a cargo terminal at Bangalore's new international airport, which opens in 2008.

The agreement is expected to be signed before the end of the month. It will be the first cargo contract for the Singapore Airlines (SIA) subsidiary in India.

Sats already provides in-flight catering at four other Indian airports - Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi and Kolkata - through its two joint ventures, Taj-Sats Air Catering and Taj Madras Flight Kitchen.

Bangalore International Airport Limited is due to announce a winner in the ground-handling category. The Sats-Air India team is also competing for this contract, a spokesman told The Straits Times yesterday.

Sats has 15 ground-handling and catering joint ventures in eight markets, including China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia.

Opportunities are plenty, especially in the region, said a Citigroup aviation analyst, adding that Sats has a better chance of strengthening its foothold overseas if it is de-linked from SIA.

In a paper released on Monday, Ms Corrine Png said that as an independent company, Sats will have better chances to work with airlines and other airports that may not want to partner an SIA-linked company for competitive reasons.

The issue of SIA hiving off Sats and its engineering arm - SIA Engineering Company - was first mooted by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, then-Senior Minister, in April 2004.

Between April and December last year, Sats' earnings from overseas ventures came to $46.9 million, 17.25 per cent more than the $40 million it notched up in the year before.

Growth in this area will continue, 'given the wave of airport upgrades and construction and significant airline capacity expansion in Asia', said Ms Png.

She added that Sats is well-placed to benefit from this, 'given its first-mover advantage and large portfolio of successful joint ventures in Asia'.

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Business Times - 17 Apr 2006

Changi Airport passenger traffic up in Q1

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Changi Airport handled 2.85 million passengers in March, up 8.3 per cent from the previous year and 11.76 per cent higher than in February, the airport operator said on Monday.

This brought the number of passengers passing through Changi to 8.2 million in the three months to March, up 10.2 per cent from the same quarter last year, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said.

The March school holidays in the city-state contributed to the volume, with daily passenger traffic exceeding 100,000 during the two weekends at the start and end of the month.

Cargo volumes at Changi also increased 13.5 per cent in March from the year before. For the three months to March, the airport handled 463,000 tonnes of cargo, up 9 per cent. -- AFP

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Business Times - 18 Apr 2006

Changi passenger traffic highest in March


(SINGAPORE) Some 2.85 million passengers passed through the gates of Changi Airport last month, its highest passenger traffic numbers for the year so far.

The figure was 8.3 per cent higher than that for the same month last year, and also up compared to February 2006's 2.55 million, according to data released by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) yesterday.

Daily passenger traffic numbers surpassed 100,000 during the two weekends of March 11-12 and March 18-19, which marked the beginning and end of the March school holidays.

March's numbers brings the total passenger traffic for the first three months to 8.2 million, which is a 10.2 per cent rise from the first quarter of 2005.

Airfreight movement through Changi was also buoyant in March, with the airport handling 13.5 per cent more freight by tonnage during the month compared to a year earlier. For the first three months of 2006, Changi Airport handled 463,000 tonnes of cargo, an increase of 9 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Changi Airport is Asia's sixth busiest airport, serving 80 airlines with about 4,100 weekly scheduled flights connecting to more than 180 cities in 55 countries.

The airport last month opened its $45 million Budget Terminal to cater for airlines which want to pay lower ground services charges. Currently, only budget carrier Tiger Airways is using it.

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Business Times - 19 Apr 2006

SATS eyes Qantas catering arm

It awaits airline's decision on renewal of Changi ground services contract

SINGAPORE Airport Terminal Services (SATS) is bidding to buy Qantas catering operations in Australia, even as it awaits the Australian airline's decision to renew its ground services contract here in Singapore.

SATS chief executive Ng Chin Hwee declined to comment when contacted yesterday but Dow Jones Newswires quoted unnamed sources as saying that SATS is in the list of potential bidders for Qantas Flight Catering Holdings (QFCH). 'The initial bid was made late last year and recently they went into the next round of bidding,' this person said.

Grant Fenn, Qantas executive manager of associated businesses, confirmed that negotiations with potential buyers were ongoing. 'We are looking at a number of options that include both restructuring and selling,' he was quoted as saying. 'Regarding the sale option, we have had discussions with various players in the industry. No decision has been made regarding the possible sale of these businesses.'

QFCH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the airline which operates two catering businesses - Qantas Flight Catering Ltd and Caterair Airport Services. QFCH has catering centres in five Australian cities - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. It employs around 3,900 people and reported revenues of A$552.1 million for the year ended June 2005, compared with A$537.2 million a year earlier.

SATS, which controls 80 per cent of the in-flight catering and ground handling services at Singapore's Changi Airport, has been aggressively expanding its global footprint in the lead-up to its potential divestment by parent Singapore Airlines (SIA) and in the face of increasing competition at Changi.

SIA, which owns about 83 per cent of SATS, is expected to make a decision on whether and when to sell SATS - and its other listed subsidiary, SIA Engineering Company - early next month.

The latest news about its Qantas venture comes even as SATS awaits the Australian airline's decision to renew its ground services contract at Changi.

The Qantas contract with SATS for apron and passenger handling contract ended in October, and no deal is yet in sight. Qantas also has a catering contract with SATS which expires this year, while its cargo handling contract has four years to run.

Meanwhile, SATS is moving full steam ahead to become a pan-Asian, if not global, player.

Last year, SATS got about $50.5 million or 23 per cent of its pre-tax profit from its 15 overseas ventures in 10 countries around the Asia-Pacific.

For the first nine months to December 2005, SATS' earnings from overseas ventures totalled $46.9 million, 17.3 per cent more than the $40 million for the year-earlier period.

SATS and the SIA group will be reporting their full year earnings on May 9.

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Old April 19th, 2006, 01:20 PM   #627
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Am flying into changi with tiger air. I assume it will land in the budget terminal. Is there an airport bus to the city and/or taxis or do I have to transfer to terminal1/2"?
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Am flying into changi with tiger air. I assume it will land in the budget terminal. Is there an airport bus to the city and/or taxis or do I have to transfer to terminal1/2"?
You can take the free bus to Terminal 2 then transfer to metro or take a cab to the city directly....
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Business Times - 04 May 2006

Changi to improve but keep costs reasonable: Cheow Tong

CAAS honours for the first time, Singapore's top 10 airline customers

By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) Changi Airport will continue to improve its products and services while keeping costs reasonable, Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said yesterday at a ceremony honouring for the first time, Singapore's top 10 airline customers.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) recognised the 10 with its first-ever Changi Airline Awards.

At a glitzy dinner event at the Marriott Hotel, the CAAS commended British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Tiger Airways (in alphabetical order) for carrying the highest passenger loads through Changi Airport in 2005.

The Top 10 airlines recognised for cargo carriage were Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, EVA Airways, Federal Express, Japan Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Northwest Airlines, Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines Cargo.

CAAS also acknowledged 10 airlines which experienced the strongest growth in passenger and cargo movements in 2005, over the previous year.

Accolades were also bestowed on Bangkok Airways, Qatar Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Xiamen Airlines for being the Top 5 Airlines by Growth in Passenger Carriage in 2005.

The Top 5 airlines recognised for growth in cargo carriage in 2005 were Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Qatar Airways, United Parcel Services and Xiamen Airlines.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Yeo noted that an airport's success was not solely determined by its infrastructure or technical excellence.

Rather, it was the quality of an airport's relationship with its partners that distinguished outstanding airports from mediocre ones.

'Like any other healthy relationship, the relationship between an airport and its airline partners is a two-way street,' he said. 'At Changi Airport, we believe in creating a conducive environment for airline growth, through minimising the operating costs of airlines wherever possible. I can assure you that, in today's intensely competitive environment of rising fuel and other operational costs, CAAS is committed to constantly improving its product offerings to airlines, while ensuring costs remain reasonable.'

He noted that airlines at Changi Airport already enjoy the lowest fuel costs in the region, and the second lowest aeronautical charges in Asia.

Mr Yeo pointed out that CAAS had proven its commitment to working closely with airlines during the crisis-ridden 2003, when the industry was hit by a Sars-induced slowdown. That was when the government started rolling out various schemes to help airlines reduce operating costs and improve efficiency at Changi Airport.

It first started with the $210 million Air Hub Development Fund and $40 million Growth Incentive Schemes in 2003.

These schemes were renewed this year with an injection of another $300 million for the next three years.

'Most notably, the renewed scheme features enhancements such as a doubling of landing rebates for expansion of services from Changi to less well-served destinations. Come June 2006, airlines can also enjoy cost-savings on their flight operations at Changi. Based on Iata's feedback, CAAS has reviewed its procedures for the management of air traffic in Changi's airspace. The new procedures, to be implemented in June 2006, will enable air traffic controllers to enhance efficiency and airspace capacity.'

Changi Airport - the sixth busiest in Asia - served 32.4 million passengers and handled 1.83 tonnes of cargo in 2005.

As at April 1 2006, there are 82 scheduled airlines in Changi Airport's network, operating more than 4,000 weekly scheduled flights to 181 cities in 57 countries.

The airport has won dozens of accolades from various global organisations, airline groups and passenger polls for operational efficiency, convenience, ambience, customer friendliness and cost effectiveness.

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Old May 8th, 2006, 09:19 AM   #630
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May 8, 2006
Changi seeks shopping and dining ideas to boost revenue

By Karamjit Kaur
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IN A bid to boost non-airline earnings, Changi Airport is stepping up efforts to strengthen its position as one of the best duty-free shopping and dining airports in the region.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is conducting face-to-face interviews with travellers to help decide on the mix of shops and food and beverage outlets for a new terminal under construction.

Feedback from more than 1,000 passengers will be used to plan Terminal 3, which opens in 2008.

Improvements may also be made to Terminal 1 and 2, based on the ideas received, a CAAS spokesman told The Straits Times.

The CAAS hopes that by increasing revenues from shopping and food, it can afford to slash the rates it charges airlines to use the airport.

Twenty years ago, 60 per cent of the airport's revenue came from airlines, including landing and parking fees and fees for aerobridge use. Today, 60 per cent - or $559 million of the $970 million earned by the CAAS in the year ended March last year - comes from the more than 160 retail and 60 food and beverage outlets at the airport.

Last year, shopping and dining receipts totalled almost $1 billion - 16 per cent higher than the takings in 2004.

To encourage even more spending, regular price checks are done to ensure airport prices are not higher than those charged in city shops and in other regional airports.

The CAAS is also on a drive to create more awareness among shoppers of the airport's guarantee schemes, the spokesman said.

For example, all shops now display signs promising customers that if they find the same item cheaper at any major department store or selected fixed-price shops in the city, they will be refunded two times the price difference if they produce the relevant receipts within 30 days.

Customers dissatisfied with purchases for any reason can also get refunds - no questions asked - as long as they produce their receipts and return the product in good condition.

Brochures with details of the two schemes are distributed to all shoppers.

Changi Airport tenants support the initiatives, said Mr Ken Tse, general manager of Nuance Watson, which runs more than 15 cosmetic and perfume outlets at the airport.

He said: 'Every month, we check the prices of our products - more than 7,500 items - against those offered by other airports in the region to ensure that we are the cheapest.

'But some travellers, especially those from the United States and Europe, have the impression that airport shopping is expensive. This is not good for business and needs to be corrected so we totally support the CAAS drive to create awareness on the price guarantee schemes we offer.'

The CAAS is also catering for those who visit the airport but do not fly. In the last few years, it has opened new shops and restaurants in the public area of Terminals 1 and 2.

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Old May 8th, 2006, 12:46 PM   #631
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08 May 2006

Changi Airport wins Best Airport Asia Award for 20th consecutive year
By Nur Azira Aziz, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Changi Airport continues to be a favourite among its users.

It has bagged the Asian Freight & Supply Chain's 'Best Airport Asia' award for the 20th consecutive year.

The award is based on an annual survey conducted by Hong Kong-based publication CargoNews Asia which polled international shippers, airlines and cargo industry players.

The airport says it also received two other awards in recent months.

DestinAsian magazine, a luxury travel publication, named Changi the 'Best Airport in Asia Pacific' while readers of Business Traveller Middle East voted Changi as the 'Best Airport in the World' for the third consecutive year.

In March this year, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, which manages and operates the airport, was also voted the "Airport Authority with the Most Supportive Approach to Travel Retail' at the Global Travel Retails Awards.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 02:59 PM   #632
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Aiya, Singapore is just a dot on the world map la !
But Changi is a greeatt airport !
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Thanks a lot baby stan actually outside of budget terminal is a taxi stand similar to the main terminal 1 an 2 with the old men who meet and greet. no problem. tks.

budget terminal is great , my daughter was quite impressed with it (when we got in the main hall), very colorful if sparse.
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Business Times - 09 May 2006

Seletar Airport headed for major upgrading

Area is currently home to some 30 companies in aviation industry


By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) The Economic Development Board (EDB) will soon unveil plans to upgrade Seletar Airport and its affiliated facilities.

Industry insiders say that among the proposals being considered are plans to expand the Seletar base area into a second aerospace/aviation hub, rivalling the existing Changi Loyang and the Paya Lebar hubs.

Responding to calls from numerous users of Seletar Airport in recent years to upgrade the facilities amid increasing congestion and rising traffic, the EDB has been working with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority to come up with proposals for the redevelopment and upgrading of the area.

The proposals are believed to have been submitted to the Cabinet for approval last year.

Built during the colonial era as a British military airbase, Seletar Airport was taken over by the Singapore government in 1965, when Singapore gained independence. It was handed over to the CAAS in 1972.

Currently some 30 companies - including private air charterers, aircraft component suppliers, flying clubs, logistics and offshore supplies specialists as well as aircraft maintenance and repair (MRO) companies - occupy the airport and its affiliated facilities.

One of the largest companies is ST Aerospace, which services and maintains planes of clients such as AirAsia and Merpati.

Also present at Seletar are Australian aircraft maintenance firm Hawker Pacific and business jets MRO specialist Jet Aviation.

The CAAS oversees the tenants around the airport.

In recent years, many of these companies have indicated that they want to expand their presence at Seletar, but added that they would do so only if there were concrete long-term plans for the redevelopment and upgrading of the airport and the facilities affiliated with it.

However, some charter service operators BT spoke to suggested that the challenge facing Seletar goes beyond just ageing physical facilities and space constraints.

'We face congestion, not just on the ground but also in the skies because of flights heading to or originating from Senai (in Johor), Changi and even Kuala Lumpur,' said an expatriate pilot who works for a multinational air charter and supplies company based in Seletar. 'We happen to be smack centre of a very busy highway in the sky.'

Nevertheless, he conceded that the physical upgrading of the place, including existing facilities, would be a welcome development for an area which has remained somewhat of a sleepy hollow tucked away largely unnoticed on the north-eastern corner of Singapore.

The redevelopment and upgrading of Seletar would be in line with the government's increasing emphasis on making Singapore a premier Asian aerospace and air services hub.

Aerospace is one of the fastest growing industries here.

The industry had an output of $4.5 billion in 2004, accounting for 2.35 per cent of gross domestic product.

More than 30 SMEs are working alongside about 100 multinational companies within the aerospace industry, which employs some 14,000 people.

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Business Times - 18 May 2006

S'pore to open luxury facility at Changi airport


SINGAPORE - Want your private drive-up entrance, check-in, immigration, customs and security counters at the airport?

Throw in a five-star lounge, private rest areas, a business centre equipped with conference rooms and a gym, and relax while being driven in a limousine to your waiting aircraft.

Only if you are a CIP, or a commercially important person.

A 2,000 sq-m facility for exclusive use by CIPs travelling on commercial or private jets will open at Singapore's Changi Airport in August, the developer announced on Thursday.

JetQuay, the joint venture firm which will develop and manage the facility, said in a statement it will be the first of its kind in Asia catering to the CIP market, which includes business executives and wealthy individuals.

The members-only facility will be next to Terminal 2.

Transit passengers who want to meet local guests at the airport will have a meeting room, JetQuay said.

Only an average of 50 passengers a day are expected to use the facility as usage will be based on membership, the statement said without giving details of the cost of membership.

JetQuay is a joint venture involving France-based airport and terminal services company Worldwide Flight Services and two other firms. -- AFP

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strange... they're not changing the check in counters?
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Changi to become more taxi-friendly

New Taxi Management System to be launched next year will cut down queues, waiting time

Monday • May 29, 2006

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ANYONE who has been to Changi Airport will find the sight of taxi queues snaking all the way to the highway a familiar sight.

In a bid to ease this situation, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will introduce a new Taxi Management System (TMS) come early next year.

Capable of tracking the entry and exit at the designated taxi holding areas at the Changi Airport, the system will flash information on the number of taxis in the holding areas at all the terminal buildings on an LED display screen, not unlike those showing the number of available lots in car parks.

A CAAS spokesperson said the system, besides helping drivers to make better informed decisions about the queue situation, is also meant to gather "operational data" so as to improve the "level of service and efficiency in the management of taxi requirements at Changi Airport" with other parties such as taxi companies in the future.

"Taxi drivers can decide whether to leave the queue or to divert to another taxi queue if the waiting time is longer. This in turn helps to cut down unnecessary waiting time," he said.

Some taxi drivers told Today that the taxi queues at the airport are a result of their love-hate relationship with waiting at the airport.

While commenting that waiting can be a waste of time, they admitted that most drivers are there to queue for passengers so as to earn the additional $3 airport surcharge, which increases to $5 during peak hours. Many, however, are sceptical whether the system will prove useful.

Said a 39-year-old driver who did not wish to be named: "The taxi queues will always be there, with or without a system. There are quite a number of drivers who are already familiar with the trend of the flight schedules. The schedules are usually fixed, and they will know the period of time when there'll be a number flights in the next two hours, so no matter what, they will still wait. Once the passengers arrive, the queues will usually clear in a short while."

Others, like 60-year-old Mr Leong Y M, does not need the future LED displays to be acquainted with the long queues.

He says he chooses to avoid Changi Airport altogether, even though he "makes it a routine" to check teletext for flight arrival times before starting his shift everyday.

"Sometimes you have to wait up to two hours before you get one passenger who only wants to go to Loyang or Pasir Ris, what's the point? Time is money to taxi drivers."

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