News Briefs

    Jet Airways and Fiji Airways announce codeshare agreement

    Jet Airways and Fiji Airways announced (06-Mar-2017) a codeshare partnership covering connectivity between India and Fiji via Singapore and Hong Kong. The codeshare agreement, a first-of-its-kind between the airlines of the two countries, will address the growing demand for travel between India and Fiji. Under the agreement, Jet Airways will codeshare on Fiji Airways services from Singapore and Hong Kong to Nadi, and Fiji Airways will codeshare on Jet Airways’ services between Singapore and Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai as well as between Hong Kong and Mumbai and Delhi. The codeshare, effective for travel from 09-Mar-2017, also covers FFP reciprocity.


    Airways New Zealand to conduct four year ATM system upgrade

    Airways New Zealand signed (07-Mar-2017) a NZD58 million (USD33.6 million), four year ATM system upgrade contract with Leidos. The Leidos Skyline X system will replace Airways New Zealand’s two existing ATM platforms, which are nearing the end of their useful lives. The system is expected to become operational in New Zealand‘s domestic airspace in 2020 and in oceanic airspace in 2021. Airways and Leidos will continue to support and enhance the system over a fifteen year period, once it becomes operational. Airways New Zealand COO Pauline Lamb added, “By 2020 the new platform will allow airspace sectors to be operated from two new air traffic control centres in Auckland and Christchurch, in addition to 19 control towers nationwide”.


    NZ CAA: Pacific Island nations require larger states to help them become autonomous

    New Zealand‘s Civil Aviation Authority principal aviation security advisor Athol Glover said progress towards fulfilling ICAO‘s ‘No Country Left Behind’ principle in the South Pacific region requires better aviation leadership, with nations with strong aviation networks offering help to smaller states to “give them the capability to manage themselves” (International Airport Review, 07-Mar-2017). According to Mr Glover, it is in the interests of New Zealand that Pacific Island nations become autonomous in managing their own aviation infrastructure, environment, roles and responsibilities such as security.


    NSW Government commits USD227m to regional tourism initiatives

    Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) welcomed (06-Mar-2017) a NSW Government decision to commit AUD300 million (USD227.4 million) to the development of regional tourism projects. TTF CEO Margy Osmond said the decision will enable tourism to evolve beyond “capital and coast” attractions which she believes is “critical to building the national visitor economy”. Ms Osmond claims there is potential to build upon the 8.3 million international visitors to Australia in 2016, focusing on emerging markets in Asia and established markets in UK, Europe and North America.


    AFL executive chairman breaks down investment of Nadi Airport’s modernisation project

    Airports Fiji Limited executive chairman Faiz Khan stated of the FJD130 million (USD62 million) spent on Nadi International Airport’s modernisation project, 60% was spent on external fittings, 30% on improving existing services and 10% on fixing “structural integrity and sub-ground issues” (Fiji Times, 07-Mar-2017). Mr Khan said contractors fixed a lot of structural issues to enable easy expansion in the future.


    Auckland Airport announces two executive changes

    Auckland Airport announced (07-Mar-2017) the resignation of GM airport development Graham Matthews and GM aeronautical commercial Shakeel Adam due to family matters. The airport appointed programme manager airport development and delivery Steven Crook as acting GM airport development while they recruit a permanent replacement. Scott Tasker will continue as acting GM aeronautical commercial, a role he took up in Nov-2016.


    Adelaide Airport to implement Amadeus’ cloud based airport management system

    Adelaide Airport partnered with Amadeus to implement a cloud based airport management system that will automatically organise resources for check-in, baggage handling, gate allocation and customer feedback based on real time data (Australian Financial Review, 06-Mar-2017). The airport customer service executive GM David Blackwell stated the technology “allows us to better prepare for the day ahead… It looks at everything from air traffic control data through to current check-in demand and finds an optimal solution that ultimately provides a more seamless experience for our customers from check-in until they board their flight”. Adelaide Airport is the second airport in the world to implement this technology, the first being Copenhagen Kastrup Airport.


    ACCC chairman urges for more regulation on airport car park charges

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims urged the government to regulate airport car parking charges after the ACCC Airport Monitoring Report 2015-16 revealed Australia’s four busiest airports are gaining a profit margin of between 55.6% and 73.1% on car park facilities (ABC, 06/07-Mar-2017). Mr Sims stated “Various governments over time have set them up that way” as a condition of privatising airports. Qantas added: “Airport charges are a significant part of our cost base and they have risen in an environment when fares have gone down”.


    Environment Court rejects Wellington Airport request to delay hearings

    New Zealand Environment Court judge Brian Dwyer rejected Wellington International Airport’s request to delay its resource consent application hearings for the runway extension project by four weeks from 23-Mar-2017 to 21-Apr-2017 (Radio NZ/Stuff, 06-Mar-2017). The airport wants more time to consider its options following the Court of Appeal’s verdict that Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) needs to re-evaluate the runway extension application in accordance with the latest judgement. Airport CEO Steve Sanderson stated: “Given the uncertainty of what the CAA will decide it would be quite pointless to pursue an application for something which may not be in actual fact what the project ends up at, in terms of length”.


    Perth Airport utilises USD156m in aeronautical capital expenditure during FY2015/16

    Perth Airport utilised (07-Mar-2017) AUD205.9 million (USD156 million) in aeronautical capital expenditure during FY2015/16 ending 30-Jun-2016. Funds were invested in completing T1 Domestic terminal, upgrade and expand T1 International arrivals and departures, replace baggage carousels and check-in desk, and improve security screening and customs processing areas.


    NSW Government to support regional tourism with USD227m fund

    NSW Government announced (06-Mar-2016) AUD300 million (USD227.4 million) in funding for state regional environmental and tourism infrastructure projects. An initial funding round of AUD100 million (USD75.9 million) is available for regional communities to submit expressions of interest. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the intention of the funding is to generate increased tourist numbers, create jobs and build on other regional investment programmes. Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall reported overnight visits in NSW regional have risen 17% since 2011, and the government looks forward to promoting the growth of regional tourism.