Asia airports update

AIR Cargo News reports on new developments at key airports across Asia. Airports in the Middle East are leading the build-up:

  • Construction work on airside infrastructure facilities at Duqm Airport in Oman will commence shortly, at a cost of around US$114.43 million. The package represents phase two of the Duqm Airport project, which will be undertaken by Korean construction firm Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction. Phase three includes the construction of an air cargo facility of 50,000 tonnes capacity.
  • Qatar’s New Doha International Airport will boast the world’s largest air cargo facility with a maintenance centre capable of receiving eight Airbus 380 aircraft when it opens later this year or early next.
  • Sharjah International Airport (right) saw that the volume of sea-air cargo handling increase significantly by 32.39 per cent from 50,355 to 66,665 tonnes in 2010 over the previous year.
  • Bids opened on 23 January for a key government contract linked to the construction of passenger and cargo terminals for a new domestic airport under development at Sohar. In the third phase of Sohar Airport’s development, the selected contractor will build a dedicated cargo terminal capable of handling 50,000 tonnes of air cargo a year.
  • Outside of the Middle East, it is not such good news in India. During the end of January Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) faced heavy delays in clearing cargo with the dwell time reaching seven days. A technical glitch with upgraded software was the root of the problem, alongside a shortage of customs officers and lack of co-ordination between different players in the ecosystem.
  • In Japan, Haneda Airport has experienced a boost in passengers and airfreight since opening the new international terminal in October. A new storage facility capable of controlling room temperatures 24 hours a day has also been constructed at the airport’s Tokyo International Air Cargo Terminal. In December last year the volume of international freight at Haneda Airport increased five-fold from a year earlier to 7,500 metric tons.
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