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The international business arm of Munich Airport – Munich Airport International (MAI) – has signed a co-operation agreement with ADB SAFEGATE.

The collaboration combines MAI’s worldwide expertise in airport development, management and operations with ADB SAFEGATE’s global presence and insight into airfield, apron and tower systems.

As a single source for technology upgrades and process improvements, the co-operative efforts of both parties will support airports to meet the immense challenges posed by growing demands for air travel including capacity constraints and difficulties in expanding infrastructure.

MAI managing director, Ralf Gaffal, views the agreement as a logical next step after successfully working on joint projects in the past. He said: “ADB SAFEGATE’s intelligent solutions add significantly to our expertise and we look forward to working together on exciting new projects.

“This unique combination of skills will help airports obtain maximum capacity, revenue and cost savings out of their existing infrastructure.”

Christian Onselaere, CEO of ADB SAFEGATE, noted: “This co-operation with MAI brings together two leaders in airport solutions and airport operations, creating a powerful offering for airports looking to optimise their efficiency.”

According to both firms, customers will benefit from:

  • A pool of experts in all airport domains from airport planning to operations
  • A comprehensive portfolio of products and services
  • Local product and service support available 24/7
  • World-leading technical and operational knowledge of airport ICT, systems and equipment.

The two firms will also work together to develop new services such as a Virtual Apron Control Centre and collaborate on R&D projects.

Life in the FAST lane

Beca is to develop a strategic concept design for the Fifteenth Avenue Smart Transit (FAST) Corridor linking the Central Business District (CBD) of Liverpool – a suburb of Greater Western Sydney – and the planned new Western Sydney International Airport.

Beca’s services during Phase One of the project include transport planning and a multi-criteria options assessment to determine a preferred design option for the corridor, in collaboration with the council and stakeholders.

Phase two involves Beca developing the preferred option which will be accompanied by an environmental assessment and strategic business case.

“A stronger focus on providing communities in Sydney’s south west with greater transport choice, connectivity, capacity and active mode access is the key to an integrated transport future,” says Beca’s principal for transportation, Christopher Morley. 


Dnata expands operation at Washington Dulles

Ground handler, dnata, has significantly expanded its operations at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

The company has invested $4 million on equipment and 125 new staff at Dulles after being awarded a three-year contract by the Lufthansa Group.

As a result, it will provide ground and passenger handling services as well as aircraft cleaning and de-icing services for Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, which between them operate a total of six flights a day at the US gateway.

The new contract means that dnata now serves 14 airlines with a team of over 300 customer-oriented staff at IAD, managing 5,200 aircraft movements annually.

David Barker, CEO of dnata USA, said: “We are delighted to expand our long-standing partnership with Lufthansa Group at Washington Dulles.

“The airlines of the Lufthansa Group all share our passion for safety, quality and service excellence, and we are proud to be their ground handler of choice at nine airports in the United States.

“We keep investing in our team, infrastructure and equipment to cement our leading position and continually provide the best possible services to all of our over 60 airline customers in the world’s largest aviation market.” 

Plaza Premium Group opens flagship hotel at Beijing Daxing

China’s new Beijing Daxing International Airport boasts its own in-terminal hotel, Aerotel, operated by the Plaza Premium Group.

Located in the Northeast pier of the new airport, the two-storey hotel has 215 guest rooms spread across 9,000sqm.

The flagship property houses a VIP room (Guji House) and two multi-functional meeting rooms – Xijin House and Jibei House – which are said to provide the “perfect venues” for meetings, private dinners and intimate social gatherings for up to 36 guests.

“We welcome this precious opportunity to become an integral part of Beijing Daxing International Airport,” says Song Hoi-see, founder and CEO of the Plaza Premium Group.

Talking about the company’s global expansion plans, Song says: “Years 2019 and 2020 will mark a big leap forward for Plaza Premium Group as we are committed to serving over 16 million travellers by the end of 2020, a 10% increase compared to where we are now.

“In addition to expanding in the US, China and Indonesia as part of our $100 million investment in coming years, we continue to strengthen our leading position in the existing markets by creating a holistic departure, transit and arrival experience.” 


Viva España

Spanish airport operator, Aena, has awarded Siemens Logistics the contract to modernise and optimise the baggage handling system at Palma de Mallorca Airport.

Siemens’ scope of delivery includes the integration of new screening units as well as the installation of six Siemens tilt-tray sorter units (VarioSort TTS), 79 baggage carousels, and 60 check-in systems over the next five years.

“As a proven partner for integration projects, we are pleased to continue our successful co-operation with Aena,” enthused Michael Reichle, CEO of Siemens Logistics. “With our decades of expertise and innovative airport solutions, we will make sure that our customer matches today’s demands and tomorrow’s challenges.”

Its VarioSort TTS baggage solution is a highly energy-efficient tilt-tray sorter with a very robust and reliable design, and low lifecycle costs. Particularly important features, insists Siemens, are its increased throughput rate and modular product components.

Aena handled 263 million passengers across its 46 Spanish airports and two heliports in 2018 to help cement its status as the world’s biggest airport operator in terms of passenger traffic. It also has a shares in London Luton Airport in the UK and 16 airports across Latin America and the Caribbean.


WBP Profiles

APCOA Parking Holdings

Location: Germany

Type of business: Retail and commercial

Contact: Dietmar Geppert


W: www.apcoa.com

APCOA is Europe’s longest-established full-service parking organisation, and the largest operator
in mainland Europe, managing car parks in towns and cities, and at 21 European airports in Germany, Austria, the UK, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Poland. Our experience includes everything from short-stay to long-stay, surface car park or multi-storey.


China Airport Construction Group


Location: China

Type of business: Planning and construction

Contact: Ying Zhou


W: www.cacc.com.cn

China Airport Construction Group Corporation (CACC), founded in 1954 and affiliated to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, is the only enterprise in China providing whole-process services for airport construction. CACC is capable of providing the clients with turnkey services for airport construction or offering a variety of tailor–made services that include project management, engineering investigation, consultancy, design, supervision, construction and scientific research according to the different needs of clients. CACC has 150 plus airport clients in China and is committed to developing its international portfolio, undertaking airport construction projects in more than 20 countries including Togo, Laos, Comoros, Angola, Congo-Brazzaville and Congo-Kinshasa.



Arora Engineers

Location: USA

Type of business: Planning and construction

Contact: Manik Arora


W: www.aroraengineers.com

Since 1986, Arora Engineers, Inc. (Arora) has concentrated on the aviation industry as a core client. The firm’s solid mix of industry knowledge and expertise allows it to offer a broad spectrum of engineering services, including oversight, project management, and design of new and existing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, electrical aeronautical, fire protection, and IT building and airfield systems. Arora also provides construction management and facilities maintenance management. As a certified MBE, the firm’s multi-disciplinary approach offers clients comprehensive, cost-effective solutions.

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