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Cypriot airport revamp

The Hermes Airport consortium, led by French construction group Bouygues, is starting work next month to rebuild and expand the Larnaca and Paphos airports in Cyprus in a 622-million-euro deal, Communications Minister Haris Thrassou said yesterday. “The agreement foresees construction of new, modern airports and their administration for a period of 25 years,” he stated. The project will be financed exclusively by Hermes. (AFP)


http://www.bouygues.com/fr/actualites/home_com_filiale.asp?id=def

BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION BEGINS WORK ON THE CYPRUS AIRPORTS FOR A TOTAL CONTRACT OF 491 MILLION EUROS

Bouygues Bâtiment International, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, began construction today on two Cyprus airports on behalf of the Hermes Airports concession (1), after project financing was completed on 12 May 2006.

Bouygues Bâtiment International was awarded the 491 million euro contract to design and build two airports at Paphos and Larnaka to replace the existing, outdated facilities. The Larnaka and Paphos terminals will have surface areas of 100,000 m2 and 20,000 m2, respectively. The contract also includes 80 hectares of exterior developments. Civil engineering and structural work will be subcontracted to local Cyprus-based partners (Iacouvou and Charilaos Apostolides Public Ltd). Bouygues Bâtiment International will deliver the turnkey facilities, including all of the amenities necessary for operation, from baggage sorting systems to security gates, aircraft boarding bridges, passenger information systems and check-in facilities. The construction site will employ over a 2,000 workers during peak periods.

The number of travellers to Cyprus has increased constantly since the country joined the European Union. The combined capacity of the two airports will eventually reach over 10 million passengers, up from 6.5 million today. The new Paphos terminal, to be delivered in November 2008, will handle nearly 3 million travellers a year, while the Larnaka airport, planned for November 2009, will handle 7.5 million passengers.

The first concession agreement in this country, the 25-year contract was signed in early July 2005 by the Hermes Airports consortium, in which Bouygues Bâtiment International is the main shareholder. The contract took effect with the completion of project financing, which arranged financing for a total investment of about 640 million euros. As part of the consortium, Vancouver Airport Services, Egis Projects and the Nice-Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry will contribute their expertise in airport management. Cyprus Trading Corporation and Aer Rianta International will manage duty-free retailing.
 

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Ωραία είδηση :eek:kay: πάω να σαρώσω το διαδίκτυο μπας και βρω τίποτα φωτογραφίες.
 

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First one to find some pics will be my hero. :)

Now, this development is HUGE for Cyprus. Larnaca's airport will be able to serve as it says 7.5 million passengers annually. This is half the capacity of Athens International.

The terminal of Larnaca at 100,000sqm is 2/3 the size of Athens'. So you can see that for a nation of 800,000 this is HUGE. This kind of project will mean Cyprus' airbridge to the world will be set for decades to come.

Paphos also desperately needs an international airport as it's current one handles mostly charters AFAIK. A nice ancillary airport for the island.

All in all FANTASTIC news for Cyprus. :dance:
 

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This is a fantastic project, it will benefit the Cypriot economy in many different ways.

The tourist industry of the Republic of Cyprus will explode! This is amazing news indeed!
 

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http://www.cyprus-mail.com/news/

Mammoth airport contract unveiled
By Elias Hazou

WITH much fanfare, the government yesterday unveiled its deal with a private consortium for the running of the island’s two airports, by far the largest contract signed by the state in the history of the Republic.

The agreement, finalised last week after years of negotiations, involves the upgrading and running of the airports at Larnaca and Paphos by Hermes Airports, a consortium of Cypriot and foreign interests.

“It’s the end result of a titanic effort,” said Makis Constantinides, permanent secretary of the Transport Ministry in his opening speech.

The presentation – replete with the obligatory slide show on a massive projection screen – at Nicosia’s Hilton Park Hotel was attended by dignitaries, mayors, and representatives of most of the companies comprising the Hermes consortium.

Constantinides was flanked by Transport Minister Harris Thrasou and business mogul Nicos Shacolas, chairman of Hermes’ board of directors.

The project is expected to cost some 622 million euros, and will see the construction of two passenger terminals at both airports, featuring VIP and CIP (Commercially Important Persons) halls, CCTV, and the CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment) system CUTE allows an airport to organise gate and check-in counter allocations and system management in the most efficient way. It controls and integrates all components, including the airline gateways, emulators and peripheral drivers (printers, boarding gate readers, workstations etc.).

The changes will see the airports transform into fully modern facilities, with walkways leading passengers directly from the new terminals to the plane.

Under the BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer) agreement, Hermes will take over operation of the airports for a period of 25 years, after which it will return them to the government.

The latter will receive 33 per cent of Hermes’ gross profit, plus a fixed 3.5 million euro concession fee every year.

The state is expected to rake in some £2 billion in revenue over the 25-year period.

But cash aside, the whole point of the exercise is to increase the capacity of the two airports, which are currently stretched to the limit.

For example, Larnaca was designed to service 2.5 million passengers, but currently some 6.5 million people use the airport every year. The target is 9 million passengers.

The new terminal there will be located some 2km from the existing building, and will be directly accessible from the Rizoelia roundabout junction.

Transport Minister Harris Thrasou, the man in the spotlight, yesterday addressed fears of costlier airfares, saying that price hikes would probably be introduced, but “gradually”.

In fact, he said this eventuality was spelled out in the terms of the agreement with Hermes.

“We were very aware that flyers might be faced with sudden airfare increases, not to mention the negative impact on travel agents.

“As you can see, everything has been thought of,” he remarked.

An ambitious endeavour by all accounts, the project has had more than its share of controversy. Talks with the initial successful bidder, the Alterra/Cybarco consortium, broke down and the contract was later awarded by default to the next in line bidder, Hermes.

Then two of the rejected bidders claimed irregularities in the tender process, with one of the disgruntled consortiums trying to freeze the signing of the agreement. A motion by Alterra/Cybarco for an interim order to put the agreement on hold while its allegations were being investigated was rejected by the Tenders’ Review Authority.

Meanwhile another rejected bidder, the J&P-led consortium, has lodged a complaint with the European Commission, alleging that the deal was tailor-made to suit Hermes’ interests and disqualify all of its competitors.

For its part, the European Commission has found there are grounds to investigate in detail the allegations of faulty negotiation procedures. And in a letter dated November 11, the EU body informed the government it suspected it of committing a number of irregularities.

For one thing, it emerged that during the negotiations with Hermes, the government decided to take over security at the airports, ostensibly for national security reasons. However, the European Commission pointed out that this might constitute a substantive alteration of the terms of the agreement.

According to EU law and directives, any essential change to a government procurement contract means the tender must be scrapped and bidders invited to submit their offers all over again.

Other changes related to the minimum wait time at check-in desks and reducing penalty points when the contractor failed to meet the airports’ agreed operational criteria. However, these terms are also deemed as essential by the Commission, and as such the other bidders should have been given this information and allowed to compete.

In its letter, the Commission noted: “It appears that, in the concerned contract, it may be concluded that, because of the alteration of significant conditions, the competition should have been re-initiated, so as to give the opportunity to the already participating consortiums – and others who would take an interest – to take part in the competition had they known of the new terms.”

Despite these pressures and the possibility of heavy fines, the government doggedly refused to scrap the agreement. At the time Transport Minister Thrasou remained defiant, saying that renegotiating would push back the upgrading of the airports to at least 2013, and that the government was willing to take the risk of any penalties from the EU.

With all these question marks hovering, it was only a matter of time yesterday before journalists crashed the party.

One reporter pointedly reminded Thrasou of the complaints from Hermes’ rivals.

But even before the minister could respond, Shacolas seized the initiative and took the microphone:

“The offer from the third candidate [J&P] would have generated 40 per cent less income. It’s easy to see why this deal is the more profitable,” he said.

Wary of any legal complications, Thrarou then stepped in: “This is the personal opinion of Mr. Shacolas,” he noted.

“The matter will be resolved in court.”

Copyright © Cyprus Mail 2006
 

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all i have to say is that the person who finds pics of the new airports online (except the two ones that already circulate) will become the head of CIA....:)
 

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In any case, it looks like Cyprus is making strategic investments with regards to its infrastructure. The mainland Greeks could learn much in this regard from their Cypriot brothers... :)
 

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Προμηθέα....
η παρακάτω απεικόνιση για σένα και για όλους τους φίλους της αγοράς! (είχα λίγες επιφυλάξεις στην αρχή αλλά τελικά αυτό είναι!
(το σχέδιο βρίσκεται σε ένα αρχείο .pdf που παρουσιάζει τα μεγέθη της εταιρίας Bouygues για την προηγούμενη χρονια)
Πάντως συμβαδίζει με τα όσα γράφονται στο www.airport-technology.com για το νέο αερολιμένα , δηλαδή ότι θα έχει 13 γέφυρες επιβίβασης κτλπ

The new terminal design will be a 'finger' style with 13 air bridges leading into a central concourse. Outside of the terminal there are plans for a 1,750-space car park for private cars, rental cars, taxis, buses and staff car parking.

The Department of Civil Aviation envisages that the construction of the new airport facilities at Larnaca will make the airport capable of handling 10 million passengers, rising to 15 million by 2015. It is hoped this will allow the airport to take full advantage of its geographical position, which makes it ideal for airline connections from Europe and the USA,to and from the Near East, the Middle East and the Far East.


Και από της σελίδα του αρχιτεκτονικού γραφείου που ανέφερε ο Σάββας (ADP-i) (όπως φαίνεται από την είσοδο στο κτήριο

 

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Good news. Larnaca's airport isn't bad for a small island nation, but it could stand some improvements, especially with the number of international visitors Kypros sees every year.
 

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K, well since nobody can answer my question, here's what I found myself - an article published last month in one of the island's papers:

THOUSANDS of square metres of land have already been cleared for the new Larnaca airport, Transport Minister Harris Thrassou said yesterday.
Thrassou visited the site of the new airport to check on the progress and inaugurate the new road network linking the airport to the outside world.
Work on the airport project started last June.

Currently, workers are engaged in clearing the area for the road network with the existing roads to and from Larnaca.

The new airport is expected to be finished near the end of 2009.
“We are two months ahead of schedule,” said Thrassou, adding that if things continued as they were now, the new airport could be delivered earlier than expected.

The area of the building to be constructed during the first phase will be 95,000 square metres and will serve 7.5 million passengers a year. The second phase would increase the area to 112,000 square metres with a capacity of nine million passengers a year.

The total cost, including construction plans and provision for future extension, comes to around 643 million euros.

The project is being carried out under the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) system, where the private investor Hermes will construct the airport and run it for 25 years.

Under the agreement, the government will receive 33 per cent of the gross income from the company and an additional 3.5 million euros every year.

Thrassou said £11 million had been spent up to now on the road connections, which includes a 3.2 kilometre four lane road with traffic islands, pavements and modern lighting, the extension of the highway by one kilometre, and a bridge for passengers to reach the new terminal building.

“The new road network that we inaugurate now will serve to connect the new airport with the highway, the city and the wider region of Larnaca,” said Thrassou. “It will also upgrade the connections between the western regions of Larnaca and the city centre.”

Inside the new airport, there will be parking for 2,235 cars, 100 buses and 212taxis.
 

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News on the project:

http://www.phileleftheros.com.cy/main/main.asp?gid=334&id=492946

Πάφος: Το νέο αεροδρόμιο της Πάφου αναμένεται να λειτουργήσει περί τα τέλη του 2008, δήλωσε σήμερα ο υπουργός Συγκοινωνιών και Εργων, Χάρης Θράσου, μετά από επίσκεψη στο εργοτάξιο του αεροδρομίου. Ο κ. Θράσου, ο οποίος συνοδεύεται από το Διευθυντή του Τμήματος Δημοσίων Εργων Αλέκο Μιχαηλίδη, ανέφερε η κατασκευή του κτιρίου του νέου αεροδρομίου της Πάφου άρχισε τον Ιούνιο του 2006 και αναμένεται να συμπληρωθεί και να τεθεί σε λειτουργία περί τα τέλη του 2008, αφού οι κατασκευαστικές εργασίες βρίσκονται εντός των χρονοδιαγραμμάτων που έχουν τεθεί.

Το νέο κτίριο επιβατών, σημείωσε ο Υπουργός, που είναι ένα έργο σύγχρονο και υψηλών διαγραφών θα έχει εμβαδόν 18,000 τ.μ., θα διαθέτει χώρους στάθμευσης για 760 ιδιωτικά οχήματα, 36 λεωφορεία και 84 ταξί.

Το έργο, συνέχισε, αναμένεται να συμβάλει τα μέγιστα στην ποιοτική αναβάθμιση της υποδομής της χώρας μας και μαζί με τον εκσυγχρονισμό της συγκοινωνιακής μας υποδομής η Πάφος θα αποκτήσει πρόσθετα πλεονεκτήματα ως τουριστικός προορισμός.

Το επίπεδο εξυπηρέτησης των επιβατών στο νέο αερολιμένα της Πάφου, κατέληξε ο κ. Θράσου, θα είναι υψηλών προδιαγραφών με σταθερή ροή επιβατών και καλό επίπεδο άνεσης και θα είναι εφάμιλλο σύγχρονων ευρωπαϊκών αεροδρομίων.


Both airports are expected to be finished up to six months prior to their deadline. I cant find the article about the speeding up of the construction at larnaca's airport.
 
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