ACI Asia-Pacific Small and Emerging Airports Seminar Opens in Bali

aciAviation professionals, government officials and business leaders gather in Bali, Indonesia this week as they attend the 10th ACI Asia-Pacific Small and Emerging Airports Seminar organized by ACI Asia-Pacific and hosted by Angkasa Pura Airports, the airport operator operating 13 airports in Indonesia.

 

 

The Small and Emerging Airports Seminar is a dedicated event to address the common interests and concerns of small and emerging airports in the Asia-Pacific region. Aviation professionals and business leaders were invited to share their insights on issues relating to the theme of the Seminar, “Navigating Aviation Growth and Challenges in Southeast Asia”. The event will be held from October 20 – 22, 2014, comprising a pre-seminar workshop on airport economics, main conference and the ACI Asia-Pacific Small and Emerging Airports Network meeting.

 

In his opening remarks to all delegates, ACI Asia-Pacific President, Dennis Chant thanked Angkasa Pura Airports for their generous support and hospitality.  Commenting on the event and the ACI Asia-Pacific Small and Emerging Airports Network, he said, “Over the years, the smaller and emerging airports in the Asia-Pacific were supported by ACI Asia-Pacific under this significant platform which aims at promoting exchange of experiences among the small yet emerging airports.”
 
While Asia-Pacific is experiencing a strong and steady growth in passenger traffic, he called upon airports in the region to equip themselves to tackle the challenges and embrace the opportunities that this growth will bring. He affirmed the delegates that ACI Asia-Pacific would continue to work closely with its airport members to build a brighter future for the aviation industry.
 
“Indonesia as a growing-fast country, needs a strong foundation of world-class infrastructure, including modern airports. To keep in pace with the rising traffic demands, Indonesia needs to upgrade facilities in the areas of service, hospitality, science and research. Through international conferences like the ACI Asia-Pacific Small and Emerging Airports Seminar, where international aviation professionals will gather in Indonesia, we will surely benefit from the discussions as we examine the challenges we face in the Southeast Asia aviation industry.”said Tommy Soetomo, President Director of Angkasa Pura Airports.

 

Source:- ACI

Lufthansa publishes additional flight timetables for strike period

lufthansa-300x65Following the announcement by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union that a strike will take place from 20 October, 1.00 p.m. CEST until 21 October, 11.59 p.m. CEST,

 

Lufthansa has published a second special flight timetable on this afternoon. This supplements the first special flight plan published yesterday evening and includes other flights to and from Munich that will be operating in spite of the strike. Around half of all Lufthansa’s planned short, medium and long-haul flights from Munich are expected to take place during the strike period. The short and medium-haul flights will predominately be operated by Lufthansa’s regional subsidiary CityLine, which is not affected by the strike. The special flight plan for Munich was also published this afternoon.
 
The Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union announced early this morning its intention to extend the strikes to long-haul connections on Tuesday and flight traffic will see much more severe disruption tomorrow as a result. On Tuesday, Lufthansa will have to cancel the majority of short and medium-haul flights to and from Frankfurt and suspend almost all long-haul traffic. The airline published a third special flight plan with information on flights to and from Frankfurt on its website this afternoon. Long-haul flights to and from Düsseldorf should operate on schedule despite the strike.
 
Lufthansa published a special flight plan for the first 24 hours of the strike yesterday. Its intention was to operate around 700 of the 2,150 flights planned for the strike period. The union’s surprising announcement this morning that the strike would be expanded, made it necessary to cancel other flights and update the flight timetables once again. By drawing up special flight plans, Lufthansa intends to ensure that scheduled operations can be resumed at all sites as soon as the strike comes to an end.

 

Simone Menne, Chief Officer Finances and Aviation Services at Deutsche Lufthansa AG, criticized the actions of the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union and said, “The strikes not only cause severe economic damage to Lufthansa, but they also harm its reputation, with considerable consequences for our Company and employees that remain unforeseeable even today.

 

 

Why the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union is blocking a solution to the collective bargaining conflict without compromise, is no longer comprehensible. This is despite the fact that all the other groups of employees have made a constructive contribution to Lufthansa’s success in the future. Our investors expect sustainable and competitive structures across all areas. This also applies to retirement and transitional benefits.”
 
Lufthansa will be concentrating today and tomorrow on informing and assisting the passengers affected by the strike. Passengers whose flights are cancelled due to the strike have the option of rebooking or cancelling the flight free of charge. Passengers who have booked a flight for 20 or 21 October that will not be cancelled can also rebook their ticket for free. Tickets for domestic German flights can also be exchanged for a train ticket at www.LH.com or at a Lufthansa Quick Check-In machine.

 

 

Some 60,000 text messages and 30,000 emails have been sent to passengers who have provided their contact details, notifying them of changes to the flight timetable. The airline has already reserved 3,800 hotel rooms for passengers stranded because of the strike. Call centre capacities have been maximized. Snacks, drinks and additional staff members will also be on hand to help passengers with rebookings at the airports in Frankfurt and Munich.

 
Lufthansa employees are continuing to work flat out, primarily to reroute transfer passengers via the hubs in Zurich, Vienna or Brussels, in order to get them to their destination on schedule despite the strike. Flights operated by the Lufthansa Group airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, SWISS and Air Dolomiti (operated by OS, SN, 4U, LX, EN) will take place as planned during the strike. Lufthansa Cargo is also largely unaffected by the strike.
 
Source:- Lufthansa

Air France KLM introduces its La Premiere service on Bangalore route

airfranceAs an ongoing effort to raise the standards in luxury travel, Air France introduces La Premiere – an exclusive and personalized first class service during the coming winter schedule.
Starting October 27, 2014, till March 2015, the first class service will be available on Bengaluru – Paris – Bengaluru route. The aircraft operating on this route is state of the art Boeing 777-200.
Additionally, with the help of the revised flight timings, Air France brings the west coast closer to Bengaluru, which means that this winter customers can enjoy the shortest flying hours to return back home for travel from San Francisco to Bengaluru.

 
The Air France first class journey begins on arrival at the airport, where the passengers are personally received and accompanied by an Air France staff member throughout the trip even during connections for an unperturbed journey. The on board experience begins with a warm welcome to the elegantly designed seats in subdued hues of pastel shades.

 

 

Focusing on the comfort of each passenger, the four first class seats convert to a full bed that measure 2 m / 6.5 ft in length and 77 cm / 30 in width with complete privacy for an exceptional travel experience. In addition the passengers are given a gastronomic experience designed by Michelin starred French chefs – Joël Robuchon, Régis Marcon, Guy Martin, Anne-Sophie Pic and Michel Roth.

 
Passengers with connecting flights at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing break at the La Première lounge and savour some of the best wines and cuisine selected specially for Air France by chef Alain Ducasse. The lounge is designed to provide independent and personal spaces, a luxurious bar, a SPA and a library stocked with wide selection of books and magazines.

 

source: Air France

British Columbia another step in global environmental leadership

British-Columbia2-300x175Environment Minister Mary Polak today introduced legislation that ensures British Columbia will have the cleanest liquefied natural gas facilities in the world.
Having the world’s cleanest LNG facilities means protecting the air and water in B.C., which is why Premier Christy Clark made this a priority for the minister’s mandate and why meeting this commitment today is so important.

 
The centrepiece of the plan is a greenhouse gas emissions intensity benchmark that is lower than any other LNG facility in the world. As well, companies will have flexible options to reach this world-leading benchmark, including purchasing offsets and contributing to a technology fund.

 
“British Columbia is taking another step in global environmental leadership – the cleanest LNG facilities in the world will help the largest GHG-emitting nations reduce their emissions, and improve their air and water quality,” said Polak. “The export of B.C. LNG is both an economic and an environmental opportunity for the province. As the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, natural gas is part of a global climate solution.”

 
B.C.’s Liquefied Natural Gas Strategy outlines the Province’s goals in maintaining its leadership in clean energy and climate action. B.C. consulted with industry on the best way to achieve these goals and concluded:
An emissions benchmark with flexible options – including purchasing offsets and a technology fund – will be the most effective at meeting the Province’s goals while maintaining LNG industry competitiveness.

 
The benchmark and its compliance costs must be viewed in the context of total B.C. operating costs to ensure the province remains a competitive place to invest.

 
A program will be included to provide a pro-rated incentive to companies for achieving the benchmark based on the LNG industry’s compliance costs, which will ensure the competitive investment environment continues. By encouraging investment in advanced technology and rewarding achievement of world-leading performance, the program will help ensure the development of the cleanest LNG facilities in the world.

 
Based on a review of leading jurisdictions, B.C. is also implementing new interim ambient air quality objectives for nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide for all new and expanding industrial facilities that are consistent with the benchmarks in the Kitimat Airshed Assessment. These objectives establish levels for emissions to the air to protect human health provincewide.

 
“There is no point in establishing an LNG industry in B.C. if we can’t protect the environment – we want to enable safe development with great environmental standards,” said Polak. “We have a proud heritage of developing the oil and gas industry in this province to world-leading standards. This pride and commitment to the environment guides us as we take this next, big step with LNG.”

 
These actions and incentives alone do not end the need for climate action. To that end, government is committed to working with industry to reduce emissions in the upstream.
New measures in every sector are going to help B.C. reach its long-term climate change goals in tandem with the build-out of the LNG industry. The Province will be releasing its plans to achieve this in the coming months.

 

 

Diwali weekend – another reason for travel enthusiasts to take a quick break

tripadvisorThe festival of Diwali traditionally brings to mind the idea of being at home and spending time with family. However, many today are looking at the upcoming long weekend as another opportunity to plan a getaway.TripAdvisor,

 

the world’s largest travel site today revealed the list of top destinations for this Diwali weekend. The list is based on destinations searched from India for the period October 23 to October 26, 2014.

 
Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India says, “Over the last couple of years we have seen an increasing number of people opting to travel for leisure rather than go to their hometowns especially if a festival falls closer to a weekend. This trend is more visible in metros since they are more cosmopolitan in nature. The fact that Diwali is predominantly a north Indian festival, people from other parts of the country staying in Delhi prefer to travel rather than stay put.”

 
The Top Destinations–Overall
1. Goa
2. Udaipur
3. Mahabaleshwar
4. Jaipur
5. Munnar
6. Lonavala
7. Jaisalmer
8. Ooty
9. Pune
10. Mumbai
11. Pondicherry
12. Mount Abu
13. Bangalore
14. New Delhi
15. Madikeri
16. Matheran
17. Alibaug
18. Shimla
19. Diu
20. Manali
21. Daman
22. Nainital
23. Mysore
24. Jodhpur
25. Alappuzha

 

 

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