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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

Gulf Air plans check-in kiosks

Posted on 16/10/2002

Gulf Air will become the first Middle East airline to introduce self-service check-in kiosks at selected locations. The project to implement the automated service at Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Muscat airports will begin soon and is scheduled to be introduced early next year. The contract was awarded to Gulf Business Machines, IBM's representative for the Gulf. The kiosks, which will operate next to traditional check-in desks, use touch-screens to ensure a simple process for passengers checking in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi DCA wins ISO:14001

Posted on 13/10/2002

The Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), including Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA), all its affiliates and the commercial services at the airport, have been awarded the Environment Management Systems Certificate ISO: 14001. The certificate has been awarded from International Standards Organisation, executed by AIB Vincotte International SA. This certificate is further to the recent achievement by ADIA of ISO: 2000-9001 Quality Management Systems. Chairman of the Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airport landing facility being upgraded

Posted on 14/09/2002

A state-of-the-art system, at a cost of US$100 million for equipment alone, which will enable landing of the planes at less than 200 metres visibility and automatic docking in less than 50 mts visibility, is being implemented at the Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) as part of the ambitious plans to upgrade Abu Dhabi and Al Ain airports to achieve the CAT III international rating, according to ADIA sources. According to reports in the ADIA's Yearbook and Directory for 2002-2003, in ...  >>MORE

ADIA's new satellite terminal to set new standards, scheduled to open in 2005

Posted on 11/09/2002

The final touches are being put to the designs for the new 250 million US dollar satellite terminal at the Abu Dhabi International Airport and the first stages of construction are about to begin, with completion scheduled for 2005, according to a report in the just released 2002 – 2003 Yearbook and Directory on Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Airports. The Yearbook, published by the Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation, and made available to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, states in report that the Abu ...  >>MORE

Aircraft movements at ADIA up by 14 per cent in 2001

Posted on 11/09/2002

Aircraft movements at the Abu Dhabi International Airport were up 14 per cent in 2001 to 65,134. The airport handled 3,588,448 passengers and cargo throughput was 385,124 tons, according to statistics made available in the just released 2002- 2003Yearbook and Directory of the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Airports. With regard to air cargo handled at the airport in 2001, imports totalled 64,608tons, up four per cent on 2000. Exports totalled 46,208 tons, up three per cent on 2000. Transit freight ...  >>MORE

Emirates' lounges voted among best in the world

Posted on 19/08/2002

Emirates' First and Business Class lounges at Dubai International Airport have been voted among the best airport lounges available worldwide in an online survey by the UK's Skytrax Research. Emirates' facilities came a close second to Cathay Pacific Airways' lounge at Hong Kong International Airport in the survey for the Airport Lounge of the Year 2002 which attracted a total of 711,245 votes. The First and Business Class lounges, inaugurated in June 2000, face each other at the east end of ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport to begin passenger registration for e-Gate

Posted on 12/08/2002

The Dubai Naturalisation & Residency Department (DNRD), in association with the Department of Civil Aviation, has launched the first phase of a hi-tech e-Gate project at the Dubai International Airport. The project which will offer passengers fast access through electronically controlled gates was announced here today at a press conference attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation. Dubai Airport is the first airport in the Middle East ...  >>MORE

Air freight industry likely to grow 6pc

Posted on 16/07/2002

The year 2001 is noted to be one of the most disastrous years for air freight, but signs of recovery are seen with a 6 per cent per year growth in tonnages predicted for 2003 to 2005, according to an industry expert. "Though cargo volumes increased, yields have steadily fallen, creating a growth gap. In 1985 to 1999, freight yield tumbled by 2.2 per cent per year and they continue the downward spiral: -3 per cent in 2000, -8 per cent in 2001 and -5 per cent in 2002, said David Pierce, Emirates ...  >>MORE

DDF sales hit Dh512m in first half

Posted on 04/07/2002

Dubai Duty Free crossed Dh500 million in sales during the first half of this year and is firmly on track for the Dh1 billion target set for the full year. "Sales for the first six months of the year reached a record Dh511.6 million, placing the operation on target to reach the milestone of Dh1 billion by year-end," said Colm McLoughlin, Dubai Duty Free managing director. While most categories saw an increase over the past six months, sales of electronics, the third in terms of revenues, rose ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air bags operational excellence award

Posted on 29/06/2002

Gulf Air has become the only airline in the region to receive Airbus Industrie's Operational Excellence Award for 2000-01 which recognises the outstanding performance and reliability of its fleet of Airbus A340 aircraft. At recent Press conference held Bahrain Airbus representatives presented the award to James Hogan, Gulf Air's President and Chief Executive. "We are delighted to honour Gulf Air which has achieved almost perfect utilisation of this type of Airbus Aircraft. Our assessment ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport wins best overall passenger satisfaction

Posted on 26/06/2002

Dubai International Airport was chosen by IATA as the best in overall passenger satisfaction, followed by Singapore's Changi and Copenhagen airports. Globally, Dubai is perceived to be the "best-in-class" airport out of 52 reported by both business and leisure passengers, according to the latest records of IATA's Global Airport Monitor. Dubai International Airport has secured "top of the class" position for overall passenger satisfaction and for another 17 service items such as duty free ...  >>MORE

Automated entry service for Dubai Airport

Posted on 17/06/2002

Dubai's Naturalisation & Residency Department (DNRD), plans to introduce a radical and innovative system of automated entry and exit gates at Dubai International Airport to regulate the process of arrivals and departures. The new system is expected to start operating at the airport from mid July. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Department and the Emirates Airline said, said that Dubai International Airport is ranked as the Middle East's busiest airport ...  >>MORE

ADDF website launched

Posted on 16/06/2002

Abu Dhabi Duty Free, ADDF, has launched its website for all the airport's services. The website http://www.abudhabidutyfree.co.ae, has sections for Airport Hotel, Airport Golf Club, Golden Class, Inflight Catering as well as the Duty Free. In a statement, ADDF said that within the site, there is constantly updated information about all the airport's services, a price checking facility for duty free products, ...  >>MORE

Work on new ADIA terminal to start in early '03

Posted on 15/06/2002

Work on the Abu Dhabi International Airport's (ADIA) new Dh925 million ($250 million) satellite terminal will start in the first quarter of 2003. Opening is scheduled for end-2005 or early 2006, a senior civil aviation official said. Moreover, a rapid transit shuttle system between the new and existing terminal is also planned, the first such facility in the Middle East. The new terminal will be the airport's second and will increase airport capacity to 7.2 million passengers a year. Current ...  >>MORE

Supply and installation of radars at Abu Dhabi, Al Ain airports

Posted on 13/06/2002

The Department of Civil Aviation, Abu Dhabi, has signed a contract with a specialist foreign company for supply and installation of radars in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Airports for an amount of Dh 111.6 million. The signing of the contract comes under the directives of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairman of the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airport eyes catering to 7.5m people

Posted on 12/06/2002

The Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation Department intends to increase the capacity of Abu Dhabi International Airport to 7.5 million passengers by 2006, said Mohammed Muneeb, director-general of the airport's free zone and director of commercial development and marketing at the department. In a statement to Al Khaleej, Muneeb said the strategy of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan was aimed at developing and updating the airport and setting up another building to be an extension of the existing ...  >>MORE

DNATA unveils new Marhaba Lounge service

Posted on 09/06/2002

A new Marhaba Lounge service at check-in for travellers from Dubai International Airport opened yesterday. When flying from Dubai, passengers have the choice of three levels of service; express check-in for Dh30, pre-bookable telephone check-in for Dh30 and advance check-in for Dh40. Up to 9,000 people are expected to use it in the first year alone. At first exclusive to passengers on Emirates, the new lounge will be marketed to 40-plus other airlines serving Dubai - and its facilities have ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport Hotel to double room capacity

Posted on 04/06/2002

The Abu Dhabi International Airport Hotel plans to double its present accommodation capacity and provide a host of new facilities. An official of Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation yesterday said the planned facilities include a additional snoozing lounge, expansion of the existing VIP lounge, a duty free shop and a comprehensive business centre with photocopying, fax, courier, e-mail facilities and secretarial assistance. The existing restaurant will also be doubled in size to cope with ...  >>MORE

Top honours for Dubai Duty Free

Posted on 29/05/2002

For the second consecutive year, Dubai Duty Free (DDF) was named "Middle East Travel Retailer of the Year" in Singapore last week. Coinciding with the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) Asia Pacific 2002 exhibition, the awards were organised by Raven Fox, publisher of trade magazines Duty Free News International and Travel Retailer International. "Receiving this award for the second consecutive year represents a major vote of confidence by the travel retail industry. Over the past year, the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Duty Free gets more shops

Posted on 28/05/2002

Abu Dhabi Duty Free at Abu Dhabi International Airport has expanded its shopping complex with the opening of more shops under a four-phase renovation programme. According to Mohammed Mounib, Director of ADDF, phase three of the programme has witnessed the completion of upper level shops, which are now open. Twenty units, each measuring 25 square metres, have been added to the facilities. Two of the new shops (Toys and Audio and Video) take up two units each. The other shops are a Swarovski, a ...  >>MORE

DNATA may start Iran airport work in July

Posted on 27/05/2002

DNATA's ground handling at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport is expected to start in July, DNATA senior officials told Gulf News. Around 70 per cent of the Khartoum Airport ground handling agreement with Sudan was also finalised, said Ismail Al Banna, DNATA airport services director. Making headway in its negotiations with the Libyans, DNATA expects to soon sign the contract for ground handling at Tripoli Airport, he noted. In light of the UN's earlier announcement on a possible revision of sanctions ...  >>MORE

Emirates and Dubai Airport win awards

Posted on 09/05/2002

Emirates airline was voted the best airline and Dubai International Airport the best airport in the region in the first Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2002. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates Group, commented, "We are proud of the recognition that we have achieved. Dubai International Airport is a premier airport in the world and the busiest in the Middle East. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport cargo traffic rises 12%

Posted on 06/05/2002

Sharjah International Airport has reported a 12 per cent increase in cargo traffic and 15 per cent rise in passenger traffic in 2001. "This is a healthy progress despite the world aviation industry facing difficulties. And we managed to draw traffic this year," said Sharjah Airport Authority Director-General Dr Ghanem Al Hajri. The certification covers all services provided by the airport. On the cargo sector, all cargo shipments will be cleared within two hours from the arrival of the ...  >>MORE

RAK embarks on Dh1.2m airport works

Posted on 02/05/2002

Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation has started implementing five major projects at the international airport at a cost of Dh1.2 million, said a senior official. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, who heads the Department and is a board member of the UAE Federal Civil Aviation Authority, said the projects are aimed at improving the airport and its service. The first will set up an independent database department at a cost of Dh400,000, while the second is a new advanced fire alarm ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport's Al Majlis to undergo expansion

Posted on 24/04/2002

Dubai International Airport's VIP pavilion, Al Majlis, will undergo a Dh2 million expansion and upgrading programme. The pavilion provides passengers with personalised check-in, baggage, immigration and custom services. It is used by the Executive Flight Services for VIPs and private jet owners and can be used by other passengers in return for some charges. Bookings for the VIP Pavilion have to be made 24 hours in advance. The number of persons using the facility grew from 3,600 in 1998 to ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Airport sets cargo record

Posted on 21/04/2002

Sharjah International Airport recently set a new record in cargo handling when it cleared 62 tonnes of cargo that came in a Singapore Airlines Cargo Mega Ark B747-400F from Amsterdam, within one-and-a-half hours. A press release said that the 89-piece cargo, which was a water purifying plant consigned to the Oilfield Supply Company, was loaded on 19 MDP and 1 LDP, offloaded from the aircraft, and transported to land side ready for delivery within 34 minutes of flight arrival. The loading ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport used by 3.8 million

Posted on 11/04/2002

Approximately 3.8 million passengers used Dubai International Airport during the first quarter of 2002, according to the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation on 7 April. Passenger movement increased by 8.5 per cent over the same period in 2001. Dubai Cargo Village increased by 18 per cent growth handling a total of 162 million kilos of freight. ‘With 10-15 per cent annual growth, Dubai International Airport expects 30 million passenger by 2010,' said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, DCA ...  >>MORE

Multiple airports in Sharjah viable

Posted on 11/04/2002

Multiple airports in Sharjah form a viable option for future expansion, sources said yesterday. A ready option is available in Khor Fakkan, which already has an airstrip and a modest-sized terminal, now in disuse, they said. They added that the emirate, which stretches from the West Coast to the east on the Arabian Sea, offers potential to set up satellite airports to service tourists. Several senior state officials have reiterated that tourism was one of Sharjah's central pillars for economic ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport reports sterling performance

Posted on 08/04/2002

Around 3.8 million passengers used Dubai International Airport during the first quarter of 2002, according to the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation. Passenger movement grew by 8.5 per cent over the same period last year, while Dubai Cargo Village registered a phenomenal 18 per cent growth, having handled a total of 162,85,045 kilos of freight. "Keeping in mind a 10-15 per cent annual growth, the Dubai International Airport expects to handle 30 million passenger by 2010," commented Sheikh Ahmed ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport ranks first in Arab world for cargo handling

Posted on 06/04/2002

Dubai International Airport has been ranked 26th globally in terms of the cargo volume handled by the airports, the world over, during January-November, 2001. The preliminary report by Airports Council International (ACI) prepared on the top 30 ACI airports by passengers traffic, cargo volume and aircraft movements, shows that Dubai airport has handled 574,520 tonnes of cargo during this period, which included loaded and unloaded freight and mail. In this cargo category, while Memhis stood at ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free posts record sales

Posted on 04/04/2002

Dubai Duty Free registered a sales record of Dh251.2 million during the first quarter of 2002. Representing a five per cent growth over the same period last year, the figures are a positive indicator for Dubai Duty Free, which has set an ambitious sales target for the year. March was a record month as sales reached Dh90.7 million beating the previous monthly record of Dh84.3 million set in the same month last year. A new record for daily sales was also reached in the first quarter when, on ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport opens website for advertisers

Posted on 01/04/2002

Dubai International Airport has launched the first service of its kind for marketing advertisement through a dedicated site on the Internet. This scheme called Aerial has been developed by GMI, the sole agent for the sale of advertisement space at Dubai International Airport. With the launch of this service Dubai International Airport will allow advertisers the option to check the areas available for displaying their advertisements within the airport premises through a dedicated website: >>MORE

Dubai airport rated among top cargo hubs

Posted on 31/03/2002

Dubai International Airport has been ranked 26th globally in terms of the cargo volume handled by the airports, the world over, during January-November, 2001. The preliminary report by the Airports Council International (ACI) prepared on the top 30 ACI airports by passengers traffic, cargo volume and aircraft movements, shows that Dubai airport has handled 574,520 tonnes of cargo during this period, which included loaded and unloaded freight and mail. In this cargo category, while Memphis ...  >>MORE

New terminal coming up at Sharjah airport

Posted on 30/03/2002

Sharjah International Airport will commence work on a brand new terminal building later this year, Mohammed Saif Al Hajri, director general, Department of Civil Authority, stated this week. The multi-million-dollar project, to be funded internally, would be completed in 2003, he estimated. The project envisages the construction of a new facility for arriving passengers and will come up alongside the existing Arrivals hall, being connected to the complex by a bridge, he explained. It will also ...  >>MORE

New lounge at Abu Dhabi Airport opened

Posted on 28/03/2002

Abu Dhabi International Airport yesterday opened its new 'Al Ghazlan Lounge' for first and business class passengers, offering traditional Arabian hospitality and comfort. The lounge was inaugurated by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation in a ceremony attended by officials from the local travel and tourism industry. Sheikh Hamdan said the new facility was a part of the first phase of the development and renovation of Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport cargo throughput put at 415.6m kilos

Posted on 20/03/2002

Sharjah International Airport has reported cargo throughput of 415.59 million kilos through its freight terminals in 2001. While comparative figures for the previous year were not provided, the performance is believed substantially lower than the total for 2000, put at well over 0.5 million tonnes. Sharjah had in recent years emerged as the Mideast's leading cargo airport, and was cited by Europe-based Airports Council International as the top air freight hub in the region for 1999 and 2000. ...  >>MORE

Draft law on Sharjah airport body cleared

Posted on 10/03/2002

A draft law to set up a Sharjah International Airport Authority was approved by the Sharjah Consultative Council during its meeting at the Amiri Diwan on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani, member of Sharjah Executive Council and president of the civil aviation department, and Sheikh Tareq bin Faisal Al Qasimi, chairman of the Sharjah Free Zone Authority, Commercial and Tourist Development Authority and the Sharjah Department of Economic Development. ...  >>MORE

GAMCO starts military jet repair facility

Posted on 04/03/2002

Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Co (GAMCO) has activated its military aircraft maintenance facility in cooperation with the UAE Air Force and General Electric (GE). This followed a tripartite agreement signed earlier. GAMCO will begin complete testing, repair, maintenance and overhaul of T-700 engines for Apache helicopters and CT7 engines for CN235 aircraft. The training and technical support facility enhancement at GAMCO was done by General Electric after the UAE Air Force selected GE's F110 ...  >>MORE

Sharjah issues decrees on the establishment of the Sharjah International Airport Authority

Posted on 28/02/2002

His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has issued an Emiri decree No 6 for 2002 on the establishment of the Sharjah International Airport Authority. The decree in its first article specifies the establishment of an authority in the emirate of Sharjah to be named as the Sharjah International Airport Authority. The second article specifies objectives and powers of the authority, while the third article stresses on the ...  >>MORE

Concourse 2 design gets green signal

Posted on 19/02/2002

The design of the second concourse – which is part of Dubai airport's US$2.5 billion expansion plan - has been approved by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister. The expansion involves the construction of Terminal 3, Concourse 2, Concourse 3 (which will be exclusively for Emirates) - all to be completed by 2006. The expansion also involves a mega cargo terminal which will be completed in phases by 2018, he said. Sheikh Ahmed said his ...  >>MORE

Dubai Air transport sector scales new heights

Posted on 19/02/2002

The air transport industry registered an increase in the total number of flights from 107, 399 in 1996 to 141, 282 in 2000, an average annual growth rate of 5.6 per cent, according to the Dubai Municipality Statistical Yearbook for 2000. The increase has transformed into an oasis that provides an ideal venue for carriers. While scheduled flights recorded a constant increase between 1996 and 2000, non-scheduled flights showed a fluctuating trend. Scheduled flights increased from 81, 593 in ...  >>MORE

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Gulf Air plans check-in kiosks


Abu Dhabi DCA wins ISO:14001


Abu Dhabi airport landing facility being upgraded


ADIA's new satellite terminal to set new standards, scheduled to open in 2005


Aircraft movements at ADIA up by 14 per cent in 2001


Emirates' lounges voted among best in the world


Dubai International Airport to begin passenger registration for e-Gate


Air freight industry likely to grow 6pc


DDF sales hit Dh512m in first half


Gulf Air bags operational excellence award


Dubai airport wins best overall passenger satisfaction


Automated entry service for Dubai Airport


ADDF website launched


Work on new ADIA terminal to start in early '03


Supply and installation of radars at Abu Dhabi, Al Ain airports


Abu Dhabi airport eyes catering to 7.5m people


DNATA unveils new Marhaba Lounge service


Abu Dhabi Airport Hotel to double room capacity


Top honours for Dubai Duty Free


Abu Dhabi Duty Free gets more shops


DNATA may start Iran airport work in July


Emirates and Dubai Airport win awards


Sharjah airport cargo traffic rises 12%


RAK embarks on Dh1.2m airport works


Dubai airport's Al Majlis to undergo expansion


Sharjah Airport sets cargo record


Dubai airport used by 3.8 million


Multiple airports in Sharjah viable


Dubai airport reports sterling performance


Dubai airport ranks first in Arab world for cargo handling


Dubai Duty Free posts record sales


Dubai airport opens website for advertisers


Dubai airport rated among top cargo hubs


New terminal coming up at Sharjah airport


New lounge at Abu Dhabi Airport opened


Sharjah airport cargo throughput put at 415.6m kilos


Draft law on Sharjah airport body cleared


GAMCO starts military jet repair facility


Sharjah issues decrees on the establishment of the Sharjah International Airport Authority


Concourse 2 design gets green signal


Dubai Air transport sector scales new heights