The owners of Luton Airport (Luton Borough Council) have signed a deal with the airport’s operators (London Luton Airport Operations Ltd. – LLAOL), extending their contract until 2031. In June it was announced that LLAOL’s concession to run the airport was being extended to 2031. That has taken some of the urgency out of the need to produce planning applications as the 2014 break-point in the concession is no longer a factor. The signing of the contract between the owner and operator is to be followed by a planning application later in the autumn, which will be lodged by LLAOL.
London Luton owner extends contract until 2031
By Alan Dron (ATW)
August 24, 2012
The owners of London Luton Airport (LTN) have signed a deal with the airport’s operators, extending their contract until 2031.
Luton airport (LTN), north of London, is the home of low-cost carrier easyJet and handles mainly budget airlines and charters. It is owned by an offshoot of the local borough council and managed by London Luton Airport Operations Ltd. (LLAOL), a subsidiary of Spanish transport and telecommunications conglomerate Abertis.
LLAOL has operated LTN since 1998 and was halfway through the original 30-year management agreement.
LTN has an annual capacity of 11.5 million passengers, with passenger throughput of around 10 million.
In March, the airport’s owners and operators unveiled plans for a proposed phased expansion of capacity to 18 million passengers by the middle of next decade. Suggested ways of increasing capacity include building a new parallel taxiway, expanding the apron and number of jetways, constructing a new pier for the passenger terminal, and making improvements to the landside road system. Any expansion would take place within the existing airport boundary and would not add to LTN’s single runway.
London Luton Airport owner and operator extend contract
|Published by Ozgur Tore
|18 AUGUST 2012
London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL), the company that owns the airport, and London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL), the airport’s operator, have signed a contract to enable London Luton Airport to continue to be managed, operated and developed by LLAOL through to 2031.
The contract follows the signing of a head of terms commercial agreement by the two parties in June 2012 and the decision by the airport’s owner and operator to integrate LLAL’s futureLuToN:Optimisation programme with LLAOL’s plans to increase passenger capacity at London Luton Airport.
The signing of the contract between the owner and operator is to be followed by a planning application later in the autumn, which will be lodged by LLAOL and will be subject to the statutory consultation process including public consultation by the Local Planning Authority.
Any increase in capacity at the airport will take place within the existing boundary and use the existing runway.
Passenger through-put generates income in the region of £10m to Luton Borough Council that is critical for maintaining services to its community and supporting its capital programme. Current revenue provides a further £14minvested in local communities through supporting charitable organisations. Income would increase with future passenger growth.
Cllr Robin Harris, chair of LLAL, said: “Given London Luton Airport’s position as the single biggest asset owned by the people of Luton, this agreement and its potential benefits for wealth in the region’s economy are momentous. LLAL is delighted at this step forward and at the benefits it will bring to London Luton Airport and to the region’s residents.”
Glyn Jones, Managing Director of LLAOL, the company that operates the airport, said: “The agreement will allow LLAOL to continue the successful work which we have been carrying out at London Luton Airport since 1998. Last year the airport was the UK’s fastest growing major airport and this agreement will enable both parties to continue to deliver sustainable growth together, developing the airport in a positive way for partners, residents and passengers.”
London Luton Airport is the UK’s fifth biggest airport. It is a headquarters for easyJet and is a major base for Wizz Air, Ryanair and Monarch. The airport continues to be the largest employer in the Luton area.
This was already known about earlier:
Rival plans for Luton Airport expansion to be merged
June 7, 2012 Not altogether surprisingly, the hitherto-separate plans produced by the airport owner and the airport operator have been combined, and the airport operator’s concession to run the airport has been extended to 2031. That takes some of the urgency out of the need to produce planning applications as the 2014 break-point in the concession is no longer a factor. There is likely to now be a planning application later this summer. More details will be released when the plans are finalised in July. The new scheme is likely to have a passenger throughput up to “about 18 million a year” and an additional 40% more aircraft movements a year. However, earlier this year the operator -London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL) – said 15 million was more realistic. Click here to view full story…
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Plymouth airport closed in December 2011, as it was no longer viable. Now a petition – organised by the Viable Group – calling for the airport to be saved has been handed in to the city council. The Viable Group, which hopes to get the airport back in business, said it had 37,000 signatures supporting the airport, which it says, is vital for transport and business links. Sutton Harbour Holdings took over operation of the airport in 2000 with a 150-year lease from the city council, which owns the site. The new Labour council announced at the start of August that it was seeking a commercial partner to take over the site and run an airport. But the council cannot provide any subsidy, and though the site is protected under planning policy as an airport., if the private sector could not reopen it, another use for the site could be explored.
23 August 2012 (BBC)
Plymouth Airport supporters hand petition in to city council
Flying stopped from Plymouth Airport in July 2011
A petition calling for Plymouth Airport to be saved has been handed in to the city council.
The site closed in December after leaseholder Sutton Harbour Holdings said it was no longer viable following the economic downturn.
The petition, organised by the Viable Group, was given to council leader Tudor Evans at the city’s Civic Centre.
The group said it had 37,000 signatures supporting the airport, which was vital for transport and business links.
Campaigner Maddie Bridgeman said: “We’ve got signatures from America, Japan, Dubai, [United] Arab Emirates, and the interesting thing is the highest concentration of signatures has come from the PL6 area where the airport is situated.”
Commercial partner sought
Sutton Harbour Holdings took over operation of the airport in 2000 after being granted a 150-year lease from the city council, which owns the site in Roborough.
Flying stopped in July 2011 before its closure.
The airport’s non-viability was accepted by the city’s previous Conservative administration.
Glenys Bragg, who worked at the airport, said: “It was absolutely awful. We were like a big family at the airport.
The petition was handed to council leader Tudor Evans (left)
“Life has been very sad since the airport closed, getting your head around the fact you wouldn’t be going back. You feel very vulnerable.”
During 2011, discussions were held by the council with 12 potential airlines and 17 airport operators but none of them wanted to invest in the project.
The new Labour council announced at the start of August that it was seeking a commercial partner to take over the site and run an airport.
However, the authority could not provide any subsidy, Mr Evans said.
The council said the site was protected under planning policy as an airport.
But it added that if the private sector could not reopen it, another use for the site could be explored.
Donna Farrell, who worked as a cabin crew member at the airport, said: “A gateway to London and the rest of the world has been closed off.”
Plymouth City Council said: “We appreciate the strength of feeling there is about the airport and like Viable, we’d love to see an airport for Plymouth and welcome their efforts to rally support.
“Maybe the numbers who’ve signed the petition will persuade potential investors that there’s interest from people living here in using an airport.”
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Earlier, the Viable Group has been hoping to re-open the airport:
Plymouth Airport has now closed as its routes are no longer profitable
23.12.2011Plymouth Airport closed today. No aircraft will be able to use the site from this evening. The site has been used for flying since the mid-1920s. The closure will see the site’s last eight staff lose their jobs. The last commercial flight by Air Southwest, the airport’s sole carrier, departed in July. The local MP has written to Theresa Villiers about possible state aid for regional air services, but such subsidy looks unlikely. A group of business people calling themselves “Viable” have crazily ambitious plans for the airport to be rebuilt and expanded for 1m passengers per year.
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Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has submitted an outline planning application for the development of a World Logistics Hub in the southern part of Greater Manchester’s Enterprise Zone at Manchester Airport. It is for between 1.2- to 1.4-million sq ft of new logistics space over a 36.9 hectare site. It will combine with the Airport’s existing cargo facilities at the adjacent World Freight Terminal to make a logistics district next to Junction 6 of the M56 motorway. This is part of the Airport City project, which aims to transform Manchester Airport from a regional transport hub into an international business destination in its own right. The £650m Airport City scheme – the first of its kind in the UK – was unveiled by Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in January 2012. Local residents, deeply opposed to the plans, met recently to express their opposition to the plans, for “growth for growth’s sake”. They do not believe the increased jobs claims, as most of the jobs will be displaced from elsewhere.
22nd August 2012
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has submitted an outline planning application for the development of aWorld Logistics Hub in the southern part of Greater Manchester’s Enterprise Zone at Manchester Airport.
Creating between 1.2- to 1.4-million square feet (sq ft) of new logistics space, the proposed Enterprise Zone development will generate more than 1,800 new jobs for local people over the next ten- to 15-years, in addition to jobs associated with the construction process.
The North West of England currently produces approximately 60% of the UK’s industrial output, a significant proportion of which is exported. World Logistics Hub will seek to capitalise upon this output, combining with the Airport’s existing cargo facilities at the adjacent World Freight Terminal, to create a world-class logistics district.
The proposed development programme is for a mix of medium- and small-sized logistics units ranging from approximately 7,500 to 200,000 square feet across a 36.9-hectare (91.2-acre) site next to Junction 6 of the M56 motorway, and close to the existing airport freight area. The new buildings will all be all designed and constructed to the highest possible BREEAM and LEED environmental standards.
Arranged around a simple road system with two primary landscaped boulevards, World Logistics Hub will provide a full range of air-to-road transfer, assembly and processing activities for freight forwarders and other logistics business with easy access to the Airport’s apron, train station and the UK motorway network.
The proposals also include 14.8-hectares (36.6-acres) of new landscaped areas and habitats surrounding the site, which will link with the Airport’s existing successful landscape and habitat management area, to ultimately create a network of rich and varied natural habitats extending to some 450-hectares (1,112-acres).
John Atkins, MAG’s Airport City Director, said: “This scheme will create a sustainable commercial product of international significance that will provide high quality and well-connected logistics facilities with access to the global marketplace and a population of over 24m people within a two-hour drive time. This connectivity will create an exceptional opportunity to improve international trade, cut transit times and drive more efficient, sustainable supply chains whilst supporting the local community, increasing employment opportunities and stimulating economic activity in the North West.”
Primary access to World Logistics Hub will be via the A538 Wilmslow Road, with junction upgrades made at Sunbank Lane. It will also benefit from the existing plans to improve Runger Lane and increase the capacity of Junction 6 of the M56 to accommodate airport traffic.
Manchester Airport is the UK’s fourth busiest airport by flown cargo volumes, carrying over 107,000 tonnes of import and export freight and mail in 2011. Handling freight-only aircraft, as well as cargo carried in the holds of passenger planes, World Freight Terminal is currently home to five industry-leading cargo handling companies and around 50 freight forwarding and logistics providers, as well as airline offices, sales agents and EU approved Border Inspection Post facilities. It currently provides a total of 675,000-sqft of warehouse and office accommodation, with more than 1000 people employed across the 57-acre site.
World Logistics Hub is located in the southern part of Greater Manchester’s Enterprise Zone. Designated as an Enterprise Zone by the UK Government in March 2011, it is centred on the Airport City project, which aims to transform Manchester Airport from a regional transport hub into an international business destination in its own right, attracting global businesses that would not have otherwise located in the region, or even the UK.
The £650m Airport City scheme – the first of its kind in the UK – was unveiled by Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in January 2012. Around 1.5 million sq ft of office space; 650,000 sq ft of advanced manufacturing; around 2,500 new hotel beds; and up to 100,000 sq ft of retail and leisure, will also be developed on land surrounding Manchester Airport’s public transport interchange and to north of the M56 spur road. This northern Airport City zone will be linked to the passenger terminals and the coach, bus and rail hub by a series of wide landscaped green bridges, based on New York’s elevated urban park, the Highline.
The wider 116-hectare Enterprise Zone – which also includes MediPark at University Hospital South Manchester, Wythenshawe town centre and a series of smaller, surrounding, opportunity sites – will create up to 20,000 new jobs over the next 15-years. A new Metrolink extension linking Wythenshawe and the Airport to the wider network is currently under-construction; and alongside the Airport’s existing public transport links will ensure that jobs created at the World Logistics Hub are highly accessible.
The outline planning application, submitted to Manchester City Council, follows consultation by Manchester Airports Group with local residents and businesses. For more information see:www.airportcity.co.uk
13.9.2012 ( Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport )
On Wednesday 5th September Ringway Parish Council members were joined by members of the A556 Lobby Group, campaigners from SEMA and over 80 local residents to voice their opposition to the recent planning application submitted by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) which, if successful ”would see 90 acres of former greenbelt land wiped out in favour of 43 cargo warehouses and almost 1,500 car parking spaces”.
For many residents in attendance, who felt that they had not been involved in the consultation process, the meeting was their first opportunity to learn about the Airport’s plans. It was also an opportunity to debunk the Airport’s claim that the expansion would create employment in the area.
Audrey O’Donovan, Chairman of Ringway Parish Council said ”The Airport claim new jobs will be created. However, many of these jobs will not be ‘new’ but simply ‘displaced’ as existing firms re-locate from other areas of Greater Manchester to take advantage of the cheap business rates on offer.”
Members of the A556 Lobby Group explained that the recent planning application has shed light on how the Airport’s plans fit in to a broader picture of development in the area.
Matt Parkinson, who attended the meeting, said “We have long suspected that the proposed A556 bypass has more to do with facilitating Government plans for the massive expansion of Manchester Airport, than to provide an “environmental improvement” to the people living alongside the current A556.
“We expressed our concerns that the developments around Manchester Airport are being brought to the public’s attention piecemeal, these will affect a much wider surrounding area ultimately engulfing significant parts of Cheshire into the planned “Airport City” and supporting infrastructure”.
The meeting was an opportunity for different groups to come together in their opposition, and there was a strong feeling that the struggles of local residents and campaigners must be united.
“We feel the time has come for all local groups fighting to save their villages, countryside and way of life to join together, to realise the bigger picture and to oppose the notion of ‘growth’ at any cost. We believe the vast majority of people would prefer to see targeted investment in sustainability in order to create jobs which genuinely benefit society, human well-being and our environment rather than local MP, George Osborne’s obsession with growth for growth’s sake.
There was even a message of solidarity from across the channel, from campaigners at the ZAD, (Zone A Defendre, meaning ‘Zone to Defend’), near Nantes in France, who have been opposing a massive airport project for over 40 years:
“We want to send a message of solidarity to those standing up to airport expansion in Manchester and let you know that there are many communities worldwide involved in the same struggle. Together, we can learn from each others experiences and be part of a movement fighting not just against useless and destructive projects but for a world where we’re not ruled by profit and where communties are able to take control of their lives”.
£100m Manchester airport cargo centre ‘will ruin our homes’ say opponents
Residents living near the proposed site of a new £100m World Logistics Hub at Manchester Airport have objected to it saying it could ruin their local area, destroy the countryside and devalue their homes. The airport has submitted an outline planning application for the ‘world-class’ cargo centre, which will form part of the £650m Airport City project – and claims it will create more than 1,800 jobs. The plans are for multiple freight units with 1.4 million sq ft of warehouse space, with 24-hour operations, creating considerable noise and light pollution on the surrounding area. The centre will provide cargo space for freight companies, with access to air and motorway links. its construction could start by the end of 2012.
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When IAG pulled the plug on BMIbaby in June, Monarch Airlines stepped in to the fill the breach at East Midlands Airport within the hour. Next week it begins flights from East Midlands initially to Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Tenerife and Lanzarote. Managing director Kevin George said that Monarch will prove particularly attractive to those with holiday homes in the sunshine. Flights from East Midlands begin on August 31 when two Airbus A321 aircraft will be based at the airport. Between November and April there will be reduced frequencies to the same destinations. Next summer, Ibiza is added to the destinations. Monarch regards itself as in middle territory between low-cost airlines at the bottom and the full service carriers at the top. Monarch says most of its customers originate in the UK, so are leisure visitors taking money out of the UK, but it does say it may be able to get some inbound tourists too ……
Monarch takes off as the new East Midlands airline
WHEN British Airways owner IAG pulled the plug on BMIbaby, it was only a matter of minutes before other airline began to step in the fill the breach at East Midlands Airport.
That BMIbaby was not wanted by its new owners and was likely to cease business was an open secret in the airline sector.
So when IAG announced the winding down of BMIbaby from June with the loss of 470 jobs, it took only 20 minutes for Monarch Airlines to step into the breach.
BMIbaby struggled to be profitable. Its fleet of Boeing 737s could reach the summer sun, but could not chase it in the winter. All it could manage was winter weekend breaks and ski resorts.
Next week Monarch begins flights from East Midlands Airport, initially to Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Tenerife and Lanzarote.
Managing director Kevin George said that Monarch is a scheduled airline which will prove particularly attractive to those with holiday homes in the sunshine. Its heritage is as a charter airline and subsidiaries include Cosmos. It is owned by a Swiss family by the name of Mantegazza.
Mr George said: “Last year, we made a decision that we were to be a scheduled airline and we wanted to grow our network, currently operating from four UK bases.
“Our sights included the East Midlands, but BMIbaby was there. It was a good competitor and was meeting the demands of the market in the area. Sadly, when it became clear BMIbaby was not to continue, we seized on the opportunity to expand into the East Midlands.”
Flights from East Midlands begin on August 31 when two Airbus A321 aircraft will be based at the airport. Between November and April there will be reduced frequencies to the same destinations. Next summer, Ibiza is added to the destinations.
Mr George, who trained as a pilot but worked in management at BA before joining Monarch, continued: “The plan is that the network will grow.
“Monarch overall flies pretty well to all the leisure destinations of Europe and north Africa. That includes Spain, Portugal and the Canaries, Turkey, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Egypt.”
Mr George quickly makes the point that Monarch’s planes can reach winter destinations as well.
“Other destinations in the fullness of time will be added once we understand the market and the demand,” he said.
The arrival of Monarch at East Midlands Airport has initially created between 150 and 200 jobs, mainly cabin crew and this is attractive to those who worked on BMIbaby’s planes.
Other jobs will be created in areas such as handling and airport security
Does Monarch regard itself as a low cost airline?
“No we don’t,” said Mr George. “We regard ourselves in middle territory between low-cost airlines at the bottom and the full service carriers at the top.”
Mr George said the airline allowed passengers to tailor their journeys so that they can pre-order extra leg room, meals and use of the terminal lounge.
Monarch has been in business for 44 years flying passengers for leisure with what Mr George says is a level of customer service that may not be found on other airlines.
Fares depend on when a passenger books, similar to low-cost airlines. A booking to Faro in Portugal for next summer will typically be around £45 one way, said Mr George.
The family owners are supportive of the whole business, which includes an engineering company.
Most of Monarch’s customers originate in the UK and, now that it is a scheduled airline, in-bound passengers have become more important. “As we add more destinations, the prospect of inbound traffic is greater,” added Mr George.
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BAA has finally agreed it will not mount a final appeal to the Supreme Court to avoid having to sell Stansted. The Court of Appeal last month upheld a competition ruling dating back to 2009, dictating that Stansted must be sold. BAA has been told it does not have the legal grounds for a further appeal. BAA still asserts that the Competition Commission is wrong, as Heathrow and Stansted serve different markets. BAA has been trying every delaying tactic to delay the sale for as long as possible, due to the current depressed market. The airport is valued at around £1 billion. Stansted, which deals mainly with leisure travellers, has been hit hard by the double dip recession and has been losing passengers consistently since 2007. There is no timetable yet for the sale. MAG and South Korea’s state-owned Incheon airport group are possible buyers.
BAA has finally surrendered to the Competition Commission over Stansted, ending a three-year legal battle to keep hold of the Essex airport.
Manchester Airports Group, South Korea’s Incheon airport and Ryanair have all been linked to a possible bid for Stansted. Photo: Alamy
A spokesman for BAA said the operator still fundamentally disagreed with the Commission’s position on Stansted, given that it serves a different market from its other London airport, Heathrow. However, BAA had been advised that it would not have the legal grounds for a further appeal, the spokesman said.
The group said in a statement: “Having carefully considered the Court of Appeal’s recent ruling, BAA has decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court and is now proceeding with the sale of Stansted airport. We still believe that the Competition Commission ruling fails to recognise that Stansted and Heathrow serve different markets.”
BAA chief executive, Colin Matthews, had been hoping to delay the sale for as long as possible so that he would not be forced to offload Stansted in the current depressed market.
The airport, which is heavily reliant upon leisure travellers, has been hit hard by the double dip recession and has been shedding passengers since 2007.
Manchester Airports Group and South Korea’s state-owned Incheon airport group have been touted as possible buyers for Stansted, which has been valued at about £1bn.
Low cost airline Ryanair has also held talks with several parties about putting together a consortium to bid for the airport.
Last month Ryanair’s chief financial officer, Howard Millar, said the carrier was interest in taking a 25pc stake in Stansted.
BAA said it is not working to a particular timetable for the sale but the operator sold Edinburgh airport six months after being told it had to dispose of the asset by competition authorities.
Last week it emerged that a Qatari government investment fund had bought a 20pc stake in BAA for £900m.
Spain’s Ferrovial remains the largest shareholder in BAA with 39.4pc.
Competition Commission could foil Ryanair plan for Stansted stake
Date added: September 11, 2012
The Competition Commission will stamp down on Ryanair’s bid to take a 24.9 % stake in any consortium that buys Stansted airport. Any more than this would definitely cause problems with regulators especially after the airline’s attempts to take over Aer Lingus. Ryanair believes that by investing in the group that eventually purchases Stansted, its interests will be better served as Ryanair is Stansted’s main tenant – operating 41 planes there. The Competition Commission has suggested in the past that resident airlines could own no more than a tiny slice – perhaps 5 or 10% of the airport, so that it cannot make decisions on how the airport is run which would hurt competitor airlines. Michael O’Leary has been saying Stansted has permission for a 2nd runway. It does not. The application was withdrawn. 11.9.2012 http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=446
Earlier news about the sale of Stansted:
Ryanair Seeking 25% Stake in London Stansted Airport Bid Group
July 30, 2012 Ryanair is keen to take a 25 % equity stake in Stansted by participating in one of a number of groups that may bid for the airport. Ryanair, Stansted’s biggest customer, is prepared to make “a modest commitment” as “anchor tenant” at the airport and has been examining proposals from five or six groups, from which one or two serious bids are likely to emerge. Ryanair’s Chief Financial Officer said “Stansted is the only place in London where another runway can be built. It makes more sense to have it at Heathrow, but Stansted is the only place with capacity and we want a 25% stake.” Stansted has to be sold soon, as BAA lost it latest stage in its appeal to avoid the sale last week, though it is possible it will go to the Supreme Court. South Korea’s Incheon International Airport Corp. may also bid for Stansted, as well as Manchester Airports Group. Click here to view full story…
BAA loses Stansted legal challenge
July 26, 2012 BAA lost its latest challenge today against a decision forcing it to sell Stansted. The appeal by the Spanish-owned company was rejected by three Court of Appeal judges in London. In 2009 the Competition Commission ruled that BAA must sell Stansted and two of its other UK airports, and BAA has since mounted a series of unsuccessful legal challenges against the decision. Earlier this year BAA lost an appeal before the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Click here to view full story…
BAA says Stansted airport will rebound when UK economy recovers
July 26, 2012 BAA says it believes struggling Stansted will rebound strongly when the UK economy recovers. Stansted passenger numbers have continued to decline this year and Colin Matthews said Stansted would struggle “as long as the UK consumer is not confident”. But “It’s the only London airport with significant capacity to grow so when the UK consumer is confident again, we’ll see growth quicker there than anywhere else.” Stansted passengers have been down each month this year by between -2.5% and – 6.6% compared to the same month last year. Passenger numbers were down 24% in 2011, compared to the peak in 2007. Click here to view full story…
BAA given last chance to appeal Stansted sale
May 28, 2012 At the Royal Courts of Justice in London, BAA was told it could make its case for the final time before the Court of Appeal. No date has been set for a hearing. This means the 3-year long battle by BAA to avoid having to sell Stansted drags on, yet again. The legal battle started back in March 2009 with a Competition Commission ruling that ordered the break-up of BAA. It has already had to sell Gatwick and Edinburgh airports, and BAA argues that the aviation market has changed substantially since the original ruling. It also stresses that Stansted does not compete with its only other remaining London airport, Heathrow. The airport’s MD says the ownership battle had hampered the airport’s ability to grow and attract more airlines, and it has lost about a quarter of its passengers since 2007. Click here to view full story…
BAA LAUNCHES YET ANOTHER APPEAL OVER STANSTED
February 29, 2012 BAA has announced that it has initiated appeal proceedings against the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s judgment of 1 February 2012, upholding the Competition Commission’s ruling that BAA must sell Stansted Airport. This means that the uncertainty over the future ownership of Stansted Airport is set to continue for at least another six months. Once again, BAA has waited until the very last day before lodging its appeal – just a few hours before the deadline. Click here to view full story…
Stansted sale: BAA loses appeal against ruling
February 1, 2012 BAA has lost its appeal against a ruling by the Competition that it must sell Stansted airport. The CC first ruled 3 years ago that BAA’s dominance in London and Scotland meant it must sell Gatwick, Stansted and either Glasgow or Edinburgh airports. BAA continued to fight the Stansted decision. Its appeal has now been dismissed by the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, a judicial body whose panel is made up of judges and industry experts. BAA had argued that Stansted served a different market from Heathrow, and are used by different airlines, so they argued it was not anti-competitive for it to operate both airports. BAA does not want to have to sell Stansted in such an unfavourable economic climate. Click here to view full story…
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About 20 protesters against the unacceptable noise caused by Frankfurt airport met on Saturday morning to set up their picnic breakfast outside the house of the Frankfurt Airport boss. His house is in a quiet area, not overflown, unlike theirs. They just wanted, on this warm, heatwave morning, to enjoy breakfast in peace outdoors – something they can no longer do in their own homes and gardens. There were no slogans or chanting, but just a peaceful breakfast. And there was no sign of the boss, Schulte, whose shutters remained resolutely closed throughout.
Picnic outside Airport boss, Schulte’s house
By OLAF VELTE
The coffee is hot, the peace heavenly
Protest breakfast in Bad Homburg. Photo: Martin Weis
Bad Homburg aircraft noise opponents have breakfast in peace and quiet in front of the house of the Fraport Chefs
With what goodies does Stefan Schulte stock his morning table? Is it what is popularly known as sweet tooth? Or does the CEO of Fraport AG tend to savoury breakfast like liverwurst and mountain cheese? The question could not be answered on Saturday – we know that this time, Schulte is eating by himself. Or how it is to be understood that he missed the unique opportunity to have breakfast together with well-off families from the north of Frankfurt?
He’s probably afraid of talking to people who are bringing a serious concern to Bad Homburg. Assembled here outside his house are women, men and children who are disturbed by the aircraft noise. They belong to the citizens’ initiative Frankfurt-North against aircraft noise and they have arrived on this beautiful hot weekend in a protest picnic in front of the Schultes’ property in the street Am pilgrims Rain.
At 9 clock – the shutters are closed at Fraport boss’ house – beer tables, benches and umbrellas are set up. Posters and signs are placed quickly in the thermos jugs and jars also. Already, two policemen are vigilant. Joggers and cyclists passing by are surprised as are the yapping dogs.
There are no loud words, no chanted slogans. “We want to have breakfast again in peace – as Mr. Schulte does,” says BI spokesman Eberhard cwt. On our domestic patios at home, this is probably not possible, since more and more aircraft thunder overhead.. “Especially on the weekends it’s bad,” says Heike Farr, who has traveled with her husband from home corner. The permanent noise levels start in the morning at five clock am and stop up again at 11pm.
Homburg also now crosses a plane – it will follow within the next hour more. “Quite tolerable,” gathered my breakfast willing. While on the undisturbed breakfast at Schulte initiated with a glass of “spray”, the blinds remain down at the house of the chairman. Schulte is having breakfast away? Or is he remembering the experience of a few weeks ago still in the bones, when his home reverberated with noise from a sound truck?
More families arrive, lay out their blankets, bring paper bags. A woman of the citizens’ initiative Sachsenhausen is attending – “Save the Frankfurter south” is written on the shirt. Although the adjacent grass area was cordoned off with warning tape and prohibitive signs, a narrow dirt road provides enough space for the 20-strong group, with a small piece of tree shade. With cream cheese croissant and the place to meet on approach angle, flight frequency, high blood pressure. Schulte does not show up. This leaves the question billboard “Let your children sleep only 5 to 6 hours?” Unanswered today.
(article in the original German)
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Manchester Airport has announced plans to concrete over former greenbelt land (removed form the greenbelt in July 2012) around Sunbank Lane to make way for a ‘World Logistics Hub’. The area currently contains residential houses and greenfields and also borders onto an SSSI. The plans involve construction of around 43 warehouses and office units of various sizes on land adjacent to the A538, as well as 1,473 car parking spaces, and form part of the wider Airport City Enterprise Zone. Though the airport anticipates many jobs being created over 15 years, it is likely many of these are jobs displaced from elsewhere as businesses relocate due to lower business rates. The Airport have published an ’informal’ consultation document and intend to submit a formal planning application during August with a 21 day consultation.
Manchester Airport unveils plans to concrete former greenbelt land with ‘World Logistics Hub’
From the SEMA (Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport blogspot)
Manchester Airport has announced plans to concrete over former greenbelt land around Sunbank Lane to make way for a ‘World Logistics Hub’. The area is currently home to residential houses and greenfields and also borders onto Cotterill Clough – a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
|oposals to build on former greenbelt land
The plans involve the construction of around 43 warehouses and office units of various sizes on land adjacent to the A538, as well as 1,473 carparking spaces, 134 bike parking spaces and a re-landscaped green zone. The plans form part of the wider Airport City Enterprise Zone. More details can be found here: http://www.airportcity.co.uk/master-plan/world-logistics-hub/#
The Airport ‘anticipate’ that 1800 jobs will be created over a 15 year period. However, a report on the wider Airport City proposals in Autumn 2011 by the Campaign to Protect Rural England found that many of these job creation projections actually involved displacing pre-existing jobs from elsewhere in Manchester, as firms relocate to take advantage of the cheap business rates on offer.
The land around Sunbank Lane was recently taken out of the Greenbelt in the Manchester City Council’s ‘Core Strategy’ which was approved in July 2012. Many residents say they were not informed or consulted of these plans. Audrey O’Donovan said, ”As a resident and chairman of Ringway Parish Council I am appalled at the lack of consultation by Manchester Airport when removing Oak Farm and surrounding area out of the green belt and changing the planning status enabling them to once again encroach on our countryside. All in the name of so called progress. What concerns me is the World Logistics Hub as they have called this latest expansion will expand to the other side of the A538 spreading their operations still further into our very small Parish of Ringway.”
|Plans for a World Logistics Hub to the south west of Manchester Airport
The Airport have published an ‘informal’ consultation document with images of the plans. They say they intend to submit a formal planning application to Manchester City Council at some point in August 2012. Objectors will have 21 days of formal consultation period to submit their views upon registration of the application.
|A view of the area as it is now
Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport organised a ‘Biodiversity Walk’ around the affected site in May 2010. Shortly after local activists blockaded the current World Freight Centre and staged an airside protest around the wheel of Monarch Airline jet against plans to expand the airport and demolish local homes.
Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport (SEMA)
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Berlin’s new Brandenburg airport, the opening of which is already delayed till March 2013, is likely to be still further delayed – even to summer or autumn 2013. It was meant to open in June 2012, but delay was caused by problems with the fire safety systems. The airport is trying to speed up the process, as delay is costing a great deal of money. Besides the modifications to the fire systems, authorities have now found that tens of thousands of local residents will need to have their properties soundproofed against aircraft noise owing to a mix-up in planning flight paths. This noise insulation could cost €591 million for houses in the airport’s vicinity against noise, which it would cost if noise can never exceed a maximum level of 55dB. The company had previously filed an application to allow noise levels to exceed 55dB up to 6 times a day. But this has been withdrawn, allowing only one excess of 55dB in two days. The regular, large scale noise protesters at Frankfurt airport may be influencing their decision.
New Berlin airport could face further delays
17 August, 2012 (ABTN)
Speculation in the German media suggests that the opening of Berlin’s new airport could be further delayed.
Originally Berlin’s Brandenburg airport should have opened in June this year. But the inauguration was postponed until March 17, 2013, owing to problems with the fire safety systems.
According to reports in German news outlets Der Tagesspiegel and Zeit Online, it appears that even this revised date will not be met. As a result, the first flights to use Berlin Brandenburg may not be until summer or autumn of next year.
But Brandenburg’s management said it was currently “evaluating” the date for the opening of the airport and no decision had been made on whether there would be a further delay.
Horst Amann, the company’s new chief operating officer, said: “I am currently evaluating the feasibility of the opening date with internal and external construction experts.
“We have only recently started with this work and are not yet in a position to conclude our evaluation. We expect to have clarity with regard to the opening date by the next supervisory board meeting in mid-September.“
Besides the modifications to the fire systems, reports state that the authorities have now found that tens of thousands of local residents will need to have their properties soundproofed against aircraft noise owing to a mix-up in planning flight paths.
The total cost of compensation is currently €1.17 billion but this will rise if the opening is further postponed.
Other associated firms losing revenue include the many concessions in and around the airport, the most significant of which is the new 322-room Steigenberger hotel, which is now ready for business but which management is having to ‘mothball’ until the airport finally opens.
Meanwhile there are report that Berlin’s other airport of Tegel (which should have closed when the new airport opened) has become increasingly strained as many more passengers than planned are having to use its facilities.
Berlin expects Brandenburg costs to overrun by a third
17 Aug 2012
Berlin’s airport operator estimates the cost overruns for the city’s new hub at around €1.2 billion ($1.5 billion), but says that the figure may still change depending on the final opening date.
Whether the German capital’s new hub can open on 17 March 2013 – the latest target date after the inauguration was delayed from 3 June this year – is not yet clear. Chief operating officer Horst Amann said after yesterday’s supervisory board meeting that the management is still “evaluating the feasibility” of the March opening with internal and external construction experts.
Berlin Brandenburg airport wants to provide “clarity” about the opening date at the next supervisory board meeting in mid-September.
This should also provide a clearer picture on the cost overruns. The operator says that the current estimate of €1.177 billion includes “a number of unknowns”, which depend on the opening date, and that the final amount could change.
The estimate comprises €586 million in costs directly related to the delay and €591 million to insulate houses in the airport’s vicinity against noise. The additional costs exceed the former €3.1 billion budget by more than a third.
This is to be funded through the airport’s own capital, bridging loans from banks and direct loans from the three shareholders – the city of Berlin, state of Brandenburg, and federal government. But further financial support from the public sector will require approval by the European Commission in Brussels.
A spokesman for the airport operator says the costs to insulate homes against noise are likely to be lower than the estimated €591 million. This was based on the assumption that noise should never exceed a maximum level of 55dB, while permanent noise levels must stay below 45dB.
The company had previously filed an application to allow noise levels to exceed 55dB up to six times a day. But this has been withdrawn in favour of one excess of 55dB in two days.
For news about the Frankfurt airport protests, which have been continuing since the opening of the new runway in late 2011, see Frankfurt Airport
and for more news about Berlin Brandenburg airport, see Berlin Airports
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Luton Airport’s owner (Luton Borough Council) and operator (London Luton Airport Operations Ltd) have together announced they are set to submit plans to increase capacity to allow for a maximum of 18 million passengers per year, from current levels of around 10 million. The reasons put forward by Luton Borough Council for these proposals centre around creating wealth, and they hope it would allow the airport to “continue to deliver sustainable growth” benefiting residents and passengers”. The local campaign group HALE (Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion), which opposes further expansion at the airport, commented that Luton Borough Council in only interested in milking the airport for cash, and talk of “sustainable” airport growth is an oxymoron. Another local campaign group, LADACAN (Luton & District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) criticised the absence of any mention of the environmental impact of increased aircraft noise, which would inevitably be a result of a flight leaving every 90 seconds – resulting in continuous noise over people’s heads starting at 6 am in the morning. Public consultation on the plans is scheduled to start on Sept 3rd.
HALE SLAMS LACK OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY IN AIRPORT’S PLANS
(HALE – Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion)
Luton Airport owner and operator have announced they are set to submit plans to increase capacity to allow for a maximum of 18 million passengers per year, from current levels of around 10 million. The reasons put forward by Luton Borough Councillor Robin Harris for these proposals centre around creating wealth: “Given London Luton Airport’s position as the single biggest asset owned by the people of Luton, this agreement and its potential benefits for wealth in the region’s economy are momentous.”
Managing Director of LLAOL, Glyn Jones, said the agreement would allow it to “continue to deliver sustainable growth, developing the airport in a positive way for partners, residents and passengers”.
Responding to the announcement, Andrew Lambourne of campaign group HALE which opposes further expansion at Luton Airport said “These plans clearly demonstrate that all Luton Borough Council in interested in is milking the airport for cash – and any pretence by Glyn Jones that such growth is sustainable is transparently nonsense. Sustainability is about using natural resources more slowly than nature can replenish them in order to avoid environmental damage, not hastening the pace of depletion of fossil fuel and further increasing the massive carbon footprint of Luton Airport.”
Lambourne points out that the government’s own DirectGov website makes the following very clear statements in the section entitled “Air travel and greener holidays”:
“Air travel is a growing contributor to climate change and can have an impact on local traffic emissions and noise. You can help reduce your impact on the environment by choosing to travel by air less. In 2006, air travel accounted for 6.4 per cent of the UK’s emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas causing climate change. Forecasts suggest that this could grow. If no action is taken, carbon dioxide emissions from aviation could make up around 10% of the UK’s total CO2 emissions by 2020.
consider video or teleconferencing, instead of flying to business meetings
think about taking a holiday within the UK
taking one longer holiday will have a lower impact than going on several short trips if you are flying each time
When making journeys in the UK, and even internationally, there is often the option of getting there without flying.
“We would be interested to see how Luton Airport presents an Environmental Impact Assessment that claims to follow these guidelines, and echoes the clear concerns expressed by making a genuine commitment to reducing its overall carbon footprint including air operations, in a sustainable way. We also look forward to the airport owners and operators coming out into the community to engage first-hand with local people who have had enough of their noise pollution” concluded Lambourne.
HALE (Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion) is a campaign group committed to opposing plans to expand Luton Airport which will export further noise and pollution to Hertfordshire. It represents communities all around the airport.
A special meeting of the Luton Airport Consultative Committee on 13.8.2012 was told that the pre-application public consultation on the operator’s expansion plans is to be launched on 3rd September. Yet again, this is to be styled a “Master Plan”.
LADACAN GIVES LATEST AIRPORT PLANS A THUMBS DOWN
(LADACAN – Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise)
LADACAN was represented at the London Luton Airport Consultative Committee meeting yesterday when Glyn Jones, MD of Luton Airport Operators LLAOL, presented the new combined plan for airport expansion to LLACC members.
The presentation confirmed the aim to increase capacity to 18 million passengers per annum – though Mr Jones denied that the eventual objective was to reach 30 million.
Investment in new infrastructure such as extended taxiways to deliver the aircraft directly to the ends of the runway would allow the frequency of departures to be increased, with a focus on the popular early morning period between 6am and 9am when flights could leave every 90 seconds.
In a brief reference to environmental issues Mr Jones described plans to reduce carbon emissions of ground based operations, but did not allude to the impact of increased carbon emissions from some 100 extra flights per day.
The environmental impact of increased aircraft noise was not mentioned.
Although extolling the key drivers as including financial benefits, he declined to indicate how much the proposed changes would cost to implement, however the project to improve junction 10a had already received funding. Passengers would be encouraged to use public transport, but traffic flow impact studies of what is believed to be some additional 6,000 passenger journeys per day were still “in progress”.
Attention was drawn to the planned terminal enhancements to improve the passenger experience within the very compact site, and the plans to increase the amount of parking available. In summary Mr Jones said he wanted the airport to be “the best neighbour possible”.
Commenting on the proposals, John Davis of LADACAN said “It’s unbelievable that the most serious impact of these proposals – namely significantly increased noise over local communities around the airport – was not even mentioned. A flight leaving every 90 seconds would result in continuous noise over people’s heads starting at 6 o’clock in the morning – hardly the actions of a good neighbour. Likewise trumpeting carbon reductions in ground based operations, while completely overlooking the carbon impact of substantially increasing the number of planes, insults the intelligence of local people who are already concerned about the pollution being generated. We oppose any further expansion on the grounds that Luton Airport is quite simply in the wrong place – it’s on a hill, surrounded by towns and villages, and already creates severe noise intrusion on those people unfortunate enough to be its neighbours.”
John Davis also called on the operators and owners to include in the planning application a clear ceiling on capacity due to the previous master plan floated by Luton Borough Council which clearly talked of increasing capacity to 30 million passengers per annum.
Other attendees raised concerns: Cllr Bernard Lloyd (HCC, Harpenden) felt that the aspirations to increase the proportion of passengers using public transport were unrealistic, and also called for night flight restrictions.
Michael Holden (Breachwood Green Society) was vociferous on the issue of “intersection takeoffs” where a plan joins the runway part-way along and then takes off directly, shifting the noise further down towards communities near the ends of the runways.
Public consultation on the plans is scheduled to start on Sep 3rd, though it is still not clear if there will be presentations to affected local communities at which people can question first-hand the airport owners and operators.
LADACAN (Luton And District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) is a residents’ group primarily concerned with the impact of Luton Airport on the surrounding communities.
The objects of the Association are:
a) to abolish the noise nuisance emanating from Luton Airport, whether in take off, landing, flight or ground testing.
b) to press for all necessary safety precautions.
c) to prevent increased operation and further development of Luton Airport as an airport, taking all constitutional measures to achieve this aim.
LADACAN was formed in 1968 and made history in 2005 by successfully challenging the White Paper, The Future of Air Transport, in the High Court.
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Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport is an airport in eastern Spain. It has become a symbol of the wasteful spending that has sunk Spain deep into a recession and a banking crisis. It was officially declared “open” by local authorities in March, 2011 despite having no airlines signed up to land there, nor government approval to operate. Delayed for several years and at a current cost of €150 million, commercial flights were due to begin on 1 April 2012 but, as of August 2012, there have been none and it now might open in January 2013. A $375,000, 79 feet tall statue of Carlos Fabra, a local politician, was erected in the airport. Fabra has been under judicial investigation in connection with several cases of corruption and tax evasion - the statue is now some €127,000 over budget. The runway has had to be dug up and rebuilt as it was too narrow for safe operation.
Castellon Airport : ‘Mistakes were made’
Sat 28th Jul 2012 (Tumbit)
The president of Valencia, Alberto Fabra, yesterday admitted that the Castellon Airport project “had not been well-managed”.
The regional premier went on to confirm how Castellon airport will be in a position to welcome tourists “in principle” next year, but has stated that there should be a “minimum flight and duty” to ensure that the operation of the airport does not impose on regional finances.
Fabra was addressing a forum at a breakfast meeting where he was asked about the future of the airport, responding that the facility will become operational, but only when the best operating consitions could be guaranteed.
The President also confirmed that the airport would not open until a certain number of flights per week could be guaranteed, but declined to explain what that number would be.
He also explained that the final licences and certificates were under approval, and that the state Airports authourity – AENA – would not have any involvement at the facility.
Read our archive of news articles on Castellon Airport by clicking the link > HERE < .
Spanish ‘ghost’ airport’s unused runway to be dug up
A “ghost” airport in Spain that has yet to see a single passenger through its terminal is now to have its runway dug up because it does not meet regulations.
Castellon airport, which has not seen a single passenger come through its doors
15 Feb 2012
Castellon airport in the east of the Spain was inaugurated in March 2011 after an estimated 150m euros (£130m) was spent on its development but almost a year later, and having failed to secure a license to operate, the virgin airstrip is to be torn up.
The State Agency for Air Security has found that its main strip is too narrow for airplanes to turn around, and will have to be widened to meet regulations.
It is the latest revelation in an ongoing saga of an airport that has come to symbolise the reckless public spending of ill-thought out projects across Spain that has left the country crippled with debt.
Regional officials were aware of the narrow-runway problems within weeks of the airport opening but kept it under wraps, Spain’s daily newspaper El Pais revealed on Wednesday.
Last month it emerged that 30 million euros had been spent on publicity for Castellon airport despite the fact that it had failed to secure permits to receive air traffic.
The private contractor hired to run the airport for 50 years is demanding that the regional government of Valencia reimburse 80 million euros for cancelling its contract.
It was hoped that the new airport would open up a new area of Spain’s eastern coast to tourism but airlines have so far failed to be persuaded to add the destination to their routes.
The region is already well served by busy international airports of Valencia and Alicante to the south and Barcelona to the north,
A recent study showed that of the 48 regional commercial airports built in Spain over the last 20 years, only 11 make a profit.
Gov’t report slams Castellon Airport
1st Aug 2012 (Tumbit, Spain)
A recently released hard-hitting report paints a gloomy picture for the future of Castellon Airport - assuming of course that it opens as promised, by Jan 1st 2013.
A detailed study of the Tourism sector of Castellon was recently undertaken by the Ministry of Labour’s Observatory of Occupation department. The annual report concluded that excessive property development – including the airport – has been focussed around the ‘unrealistic expectations’ of tourism sector in the province.
The document notes that these expectations were based on the ‘boom years’ when Castellon was promoting a number of world class golf courses, on the back of which they hoped to sell a number of off plan properties, launch a niche tourism industry and operate a financially viable airport. Five years down the line the many developments remain unsold, the Golf courses un-built, the tourists nowhere to be seen and the airport un-operational.
The study concludes that gamble failed due to “a lack of total sector modernization”, and that Castellon was “in a poor competitive position” compared to other provinces.
Data for the report was obtained from the Public Employment Service, the National Institute of Statistics, the Valencian Employment & training Service, and other public bodies, and found that the sector has other problems, such as “a heavy reliance on the domestic market.”
Castellon Airport sculpture €127,000 over budget
Work has now been finished on the controversial and unpopular statue of Carlos Fabra, situated on the roundabout immediately in front of the terminal building at Castellon Airport.
The 25 mt high, 20 tonne bronze sculpture has now had the scaffolding surrounding the structure removed following the placement of a stainless steel model airplane at it’s highest point. Although it has been widely reported that the statue / sculpture is of the president of Aerocas – the company behind the development of the airport – and former President of the Province of Castellon, Carlo Fabra, this has been denied by the artist.
Barely 4 weeks ago headlines in the Spanish press mocked the model being manoeuvred into position, noting the “arrival of the first airplanes at Castellon Airport”.
It was also suggested that the cost of the sculpture as overrun the €300,000 budget by some €127,000, although none of this has yet been paid to Juan Rippolles, the artist.
Following the lavish “opening ceremony” at the airport in March of 2011, since which no airplane has yet arrived at the facility, it is expected that Aerocas will forego the embarrassment of an official unveiling ceremony for the piece.
Castellón Airport to open on January 1 2013
Jun 26, 2012
The undertaking was made by Carlos Fabra speaking at the Castellón Chamber of Commerce
Francisco Camps and Carlos Fabra official opening the Castellón Airport in March 2011 – EFE
The President of the company promoting Castellón Airport, Carlos Fabra, has said that it will be operational on January 1 2013.
Fabra, who is the ex President of the Diputación de Castellón, gave the news to the Castellón Chamber of Commerce, where he criticised those who tried to make the airport the subject of daily debate in the media.
He said that he had spoken to technicians and companies which ‘had an interest in collaborating’ and said that he was keeping contact with the Ministry for Development ‘to try and bring forward the dates’.
Fabra officially opened the Castellón Aiport with the then President of Valencia, Francisco Camps, in March 2011, but it has not seen a single aircraft since then.
Earlier news stories about ‘Castellon’ airport:
- Castellon Airport sculpture €127,000 over budget - Sat 4th Aug 2012
Work has now been finished on the controversial and unpopular statue of Carlos Fabra, situated on the roundabout immediately in front of the terminal building at Castellon Airport … more
- Gov’t report slams Castellon Airport - Wed 1st Aug 2012
A recently released hard-hitting report paints a gloomy picture for the future of Castellon Airport – assuming of course that it opens as promised, by Jan 1st 2013 … more
- Castellon Airport : ‘Mistakes were made’ - Sat 28th Jul 2012
The president of Valencia, Alberto Fabra, yesterday admitted that the Castellon Airport project “had not been well-managed” … more
- Corvera and Castellon airport : Lesson to be learned ? - Sun 22th Jul 2012
Let’s consider London-Essex airport, or – to be more specific and call it by its ‘proper’ name – Southend on Sea Airport … more
- First ‘plane’ lands at Castellon Airport - Tue 17th Jul 2012
Many of Spain’s national newspapers earlier today ran with the sensationalistic and eye-catching headline “Arrival of first airplane at Castellon Airport” … more
- Gov’t eager to demonstrate cost savings at Castellon Airport - Thu 12th Jul 2012
Whilst technically not being a state owned facility, the majority shareholder in Castellon Airport is the Generalitat Valenciana, and as such has come under increasing pressure to reduce costs and overheads – especially … more
- Gov’t refuse to disclose expenditure and debts at Castellon Airport - Fri 6th Jul 2012
The Compromís coalition party in the region of Valencia have criticized the Generalitat for refusing to provide a full and detailed breakdown for all costs to date associated with the construction and ‘operation’ Castellon …more
- Castellon Airport will welcome first flight 1st Jan 2013 : Fabra - Tue 26th Jun 2012
Carlos Fabra, the President of Aerocas, has named the date when the first aircraft will land at Castellon airport as the 1st of January 2013 … more
- Castellon Airport to be operational this year : another promise - Sat 23rd Jun 2012
The Councillor for Tourism for the Generalitat Valenciana, Lola Johnson, has given an interview to Radio 9, where she commented how Castellon airport will be fully operational by he end of 2012 … more
- Castellon Airport ‘as quiet as the Louvre at night’ - Fri 22th Jun 2012
The Director of Castellon Airport, Juan Garcia Salas, has been quoted on a French TV station, where he was heard commenting that that facility was “as empty as the Louvre at night” … more
- Growth at last at Castellon Airport (although not the kind we were hoping for) - Sun 17th Jun 2012
At least one side of operations is booming at Castellon airport … more
- Castellon Airport “Operational this year” : Fabra - Wed 13th Jun 2012
Earlier today Carlos Fabra, President of Aerocas, told the Castellón Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that it is in negotiation with a company interested in operating ‘around 1,000 aircraft loads per year’ from the airport, … more
- Valencia Pharmacy Strike Today Sees 97pct Closure - Sat 9th Jun 2012
A strike of Pharmacists throughout the region of Valencia today is expected to see almost 98% of outlets closed for business … more
- PP accused of lying over Castellon Airport opening - Sun 3rd Jun 2012
The Provincial Deputy for the Compromís party in Castellon, Josep Maria Pañella, has commented how the region’s contraversial airport “can not be allowed to go ahead because the airport authority is not in possession of the … more
- Castellon Airport “For Sale” - Sat 26th May 2012
The Generalitat Valenciana is considering the sale of Castellón airport to a private company. The Vice President of Castellon, Joseph Císcar, told Consell yeterday that the regional government is “ready for any type of … more
- The World needs Castellon Airport : Fabra - Thu 24th May 2012
Carlos Fabra, the former President for the province and Castellon and now President of Aerocas, has told a press conference how there are just four “inepts” in the whole of Valencia who are against the airport, and that …more
- Bloc Spokesman calls upon Generalitat to sell Castellon airport shares - Wed 23rd May 2012
The spokesman for the Bloc political party for the province of Castellon, Enric Nomdedeu, has called upon the Generalitat of Valencia to sell the shares that they own in Aerocas, the promotor and concession holder of …more
- Castellon airport “Unnecessary” - Sun 20th May 2012
The Deputy for the Compromís party for Castelon, Josep Maria Pañella, has responded to Carlos Fabra over the Castellon airport project, calling the infrastrcuture expenditure “unnecessary” … more
- Corvera Airport “on hold” - Sat 19th May 2012
An anonymous source at the Ministry of Public works has confirmed that developments at Corvera International Airport are currently “on hold” … more
- Aerocas : “Castellon Airport will be fully operational by summer 2013″ - Fri 18th May 2012
The former PP President for the Province of Castellon, Carlos Fabra, commented today how if he was the President of the region of Valencia ” I would have already resigned.” … more
- President of Castellon defends airport (again) - Mon 14th May 2012
The President of the Castellón Province, Javier Moliner, has once agin spoken to defend the need for an airport at Castellon, commenting on Friday how “the problem with Castellón’s airport did not happen 20 years ago, as … more
- ECB delegates denied inspection of Castellon airport - Tue 8th May 2012
The Deputy Spokesman to the Senate for the Etesa political party, Jordi Guillot, raised two questions to the house yesterday concerning the recent European Central Bank Summit, held in Barcelona over this last weekend … more
- Politicians to inspect Castellon Airport facilities later today - Tue 8th May 2012
The PSPV Spokesperson for the province of Castellon, Francesc Colomer, is due to visit Castellon Airport later today … more
- Castellon Airport ‘a total fraud’ - Fri 4th May 2012
The Compromis Coalition party spokesperson to the Generalitat Valenciana, Carles Mulet, yesterday accused Aerocas of fraud in misleading the regional parliament with inaccurate figures and forecasts concerning the future of … more
….. and there are many more older articles at http://www.tumbit.com/search/3/Castellon.html
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