Port Blair Airport to get New Terminal Building by October, 2022

Gateway to the pristine islands of Andaman &Nicobar, Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair is soon going to have a new terminal building. Considering the surge in the passenger traffic, Airports Authority of India has undertaken thework for Construction of New Integrated Terminal Building at an estimated cost of around Rs.707.73 Crore.

With total built up area of 40,837 sqm., the new terminal building will be capable to handle 1200 passengers during peak hoursand about 40 lakhs passengers annually.The new passenger terminal building will have three floors comprising of lower ground, upper ground and first floor.Thelower ground floor will be used as remote arrival, bus lounge and service area, the upper ground floor as access to the terminal building for departure andarrival of the passengers and the first floor as Security Hold Area (SHA) for international passengers.

Inspired from nature, the design of the terminal is a shell shaped structure depicting sea and islands. New Terminal Building is a Large Span (120 Mtr) structural steel framed building provided with aluminum sheet roofing and cable net glazingall around.The entire terminal will also have 100 per cent natural lighting for 12 hours a day which will be achieved by skylights along the roof.The world-class building will be equipped with 28 check-in counters, three passenger boarding bridges and four conveyor belts. City side area of the airport will also be developed with adequate parking facilities for car, taxi and buses along with the landscaping.

The work for construction of additional Apron area is also in progress which will add four additional baysfor the parking of the aircraft. More than 80% of project work is completed and the development project is targeted to be completed by October, 2022.

The operationalization of new terminal building will give boost to the expansion of tourism industry andthereby improving economy of the region. The increased connectivity will not only create new employment opportunities for the local community but also provide accessto better educational and medical facilities.

Work in Progress –City Side View

Air Side View

Work in progress –Upper Ground Floor

Perspective of City Side Elevation



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Bahrain Airport Services enlists SITA to deliver new airport management system, optimizing efficiency and decision-making

SITA’s solution will improve staff management, equipment allocation, and task prioritization.

Bahrain – WEBWIRE

Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) has signed a contract with SITA to deploy SITA Airport Management, enabling BAS to manage its ground handler operations as cost effectively as possible and ensure the services are delivered in a timely manner, avoiding flight delays. 

A key component of the technology upgrade is SITA Mobile Resource Manager which calculates optimal staffing levels, creates optimized rosters, and gives a real time view of task allocations and activities at Bahrain International Airport (BIA).

Through the new system, agents will be offered mobile access to enable data entry at the time and place of their operations. The system can also be used by all BAS staff working on shift rosters.

SITA Mobile Resource Manager provides an innovative way to connect mobile wireless devices in the hands of employees with the back-office systems and people needed to make things happen. Real-time updates improve and accelerate decision-making as events unfold, enabling more effective planning and allocation of resources. Automatic task logging increases the accuracy of billable services, boosting revenue generation and dramatically reducing time spent on charging disputes.

Commenting on this upgrade, Mohamed Khalil, CEO, BAS, said: “As we phase out manual and paper-based operations, the SITA solution offers the next generation of mobile resource management systems that will enable us to significantly improve our planning and rostering activities. The system will optimize resource deployment for ground handling management at BIA while also assisting us in enhancing planning, operational efficiency, employee management, and customer service.”

The approach ensures the involvement of ground operations staff by using digital personal devices to replace paper-based records of advocacy services provided to airline customers. This technology will also help BAS to assess all its customers’ ground handling service level agreements and deliver a speedier service to the invoicing cycle.

Hani El-Assaad, President, Middle East & Africa (MEA), SITA, said: “We’re excited to partner with Bahrain Airport Services on this project and facilitate the development of a new generation of resource management platforms designed to consolidate data and enable real-time decision-making and cost optimization, while further developing Bahraini talent. Bahrain Airport Services will be able to operate with the highest level of security, reliability, and performance, strengthening Bahrain’s aviation sector”

Airport advertising delivers the highest perceived value and prestige compared to other advertising channels

JCDecaux SA (Euronext Paris: DEC), the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide, announced that new global research reveals that Airport advertising delivers the highest perceived value for brands when compared to Online Display, Social Media, TV and Press advertising environments. The research from the independent research agency ResearchBods for JCDecaux Airport was conducted among 6,000 consumers in five advertising markets: China, France, Germany, UK and the USA.

The study shows that advertising at the Airport is seen by consumers to be more valuable and more prestigious than other advertising environments, conferring status and a belief that a product is more valuable, a price advantage that has continued despite the pandemic.

On an index basis, Airport audience scored 111 for perceived value (TV 101, Print 100, Mobile 95 and Website 94) and 113 for prestige (TV 99, Print 98, Mobile 99 and Website 99), compared to the average for all researched advertising environments.

As travel starts to return driven by the domestic aviation market and the recent decisions in the US, UK, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, there is a renewed confidence in travel, as shown by the finding that almost 70% of Europeans say they are planning to travel by the end of January 2022 (Source ETC, European Travel Commission). Results of this study highlight the important role that the public screen of Out-of-Home at the Airport can play for clients, in terms of rebuilding brand equity post-pandemic.

Jérôme Lepage, Marketing & Business Development Director of JCDecaux (Transport Division), said: “This study comes at an important time as air travel opens up once again and shows that the Airport continues to define prestige and luxury across the largest media markets worldwide, making it a key environment for our advertising partners. In five major countries across the world, the study reveals that Airport delivers the highest levels of price advantage and prestige compared to other major advertising channels. JCDecaux has continuously invested in the transformation of our assets in Airports. This evolution is guided by our vision of an enhanced and contextualised visual experience thanks to our new digital capabilities, as well as our expertise in terms of data, making the Airport one of the most powerful and influential advertising environments, enabling our clients and partners to achieve their marketing goals

Jonathan Clough, Managing Director of ResearchBods, said: “Our research shows that globally the Airport environment confers the highest perceived value and prestige of the other advertising channels in the study, underlining that being seen in a premium environment pays dividends for brands and that this effect has been maintained despite the global pandemic

ResearchBods conducted the research by using two fictional brands (a luxury perfume brand and a business-to-business (B2B) technology brand) and measuring consumer responses to seeing a visual of each brand’s creative displayed in one of five advertising environments, with 1,200 respondents in each market, split across each advertising medium.

For each survey, ResearchBods recruited 6,000 nationally representative people (plus an additional 500 for the survey of people that had flown during the pandemic) across five markets (China, France, Germany, UK, USA). In a study conducted online, each respondent was shown a photograph of an identical ad displayed in one of the following ad environments: Airport, Online Display, Social Media, TV and Press (consumer magazine and business magazine).

The visual was made relevant to each market by using a local Airport, a familiar Online newspaper site, a relevant Social Media channel, by localising the people in the picture shown watching the TV advertisement and by using a well-known international business magazine and an international consumer (fashion) magazine. The advertising creative was identical, although the copy in the advert was changed to the local language, so the only variable measured was the environment in which the advertising was displayed.

A fictional luxury brand: Respondents were shown a visual of an ad for a fictional luxury perfume brand ‘L’Amour’ in one ad environment only, relevant to their market. They were asked what they would expect to pay for that brand (in their local currency), by picking a price band. The results were indexed, to enable a comparison to be made between markets, in terms of the perceived value conferred by advertising environments in their country.

A fictional business-to-business (B2B) brand: Respondents were shown a visual of an ad for a fictional B2B technology brand ‘Connex’.  They were asked: “How prestigious do you think this company is on a scale of 1 to 10, if 1 is not at all prestigious and 10 is very prestigious?” The results were indexed, to enable a comparison to be made between markets, in terms of the relative prestige of advertising environments within their country.

People who had flown during the pandemic
An additional 500 people (100 people per market) were recruited who had all flown during the pandemic.

At every stage, each person was shown a visual of only one advertising environment for the luxury brand and one advertising environment for the B2B brand.

Key figures

  • 2020 revenue: €2,312m – H1 2021 revenue: €1,082.3m
  • Present in 3,670 cities with more than 10,000 inhabitants
  • A daily audience of more than 840 million people in more than 80 countries
  • 10,230 employees
  • Leader in self-service bike rental scheme: pioneer in eco-friendly mobility
  • 1st Out-of-Home Media company to join the RE100 (committed to 100% renewable energy)
  • JCDecaux is listed on the Eurolist of Euronext Paris and is part of the Euronext 100 and Euronext Family Business indexes
  • JCDecaux is recognised for its extra-financial performance in the FTSE4Good (4.6/5) and CDP (A Leadership) rankings, and has obtained the MSCI AAA score for the 4th year in a row
  • 964,760 advertising panels worldwide
  • N°1 worldwide in street furniture (489,500 advertising panels)
  • N°1 worldwide in transport advertising with 156 airports and 249 contracts in metros, buses, trains and tramways (329,790 advertising panels)
  • N°1 in Europe for billboards (129,970 advertising panels)
  • N°1 in outdoor advertising in Europe (615,530 advertising panels)
  • N°1 in outdoor advertising in Asia-Pacific (216,590 advertising panels)
  • N°1 in outdoor advertising in Latin America (66,120 advertising panels)
  • N°1 in outdoor advertising in Africa (22,500 advertising panels)
  • N°1 in outdoor advertising in the Middle East (15,350 advertising panels)

Canada – Saint John Airport is receiving $3,800,000 from federal government to maintain regional connectivity and jobs 

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Regional air transportation is crucial to local economic growth, the movement of goods and the connectivity of Canadians across the country. The pandemic has had major impacts on regional air transportation ecosystems, affecting communities and local businesses from coast to coast to coast.

The Government of Canada’s Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), launched in March 2021, supports access to air transportation and regional ecosystems. In particular, it enables the continuation of existing air routes and ensures airports remain operational and able to contribute to regional economic growth, while adapting to new post-COVID-19 realities and requirements.

Helping the Saint John Airport stay in business

With this in mind, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John – Rothesay, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, today announced $3,800,000 in financial support for Saint John Airport Inc. This corporation provides air travel services for the residents of southwestern New Brunswick as well as commercial services and private operators. This non-repayable contribution will enable the airport to mitigate economic hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain operations and essential services.

Regional air transportation is key to the economic development of communities and businesses right across Canada. It is essential to connecting Canadians living in rural and remote communities to urban centres, delivering Canadian goods to the global market and welcoming international visitors to all parts of the country, when it is safe to do so.

Canada – Airport Critical Infrastructure Program


The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP) is a new contribution funding program to help Canada’s larger airports make critical investments in safety, security or connectivity to mass transit.

The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP) is a new contribution funding program to help Canada’s larger airports make critical investments in safety, security or connectivity to mass transit.

With $489.6 million available over five years, the Program will help eligible airports mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to ensure that Canada’s air transportation system provides Canadians with choice, connectivity and affordable air travel.

Canada’s world-leading network of airports has been put under substantial financial strain as a result of the dramatic decline in passenger travel resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Infrastructure projects, including those at airports, are generally long horizon investments with years of planning beforehand and many years of benefits thereafter.

Funding may be provided to owners and/or operators of the following types of airports:

National Airport System (NAS) airports with annual passenger volumes of over 525,000 passengers (as of December 2019)

Non-NAS Airports with annual passenger volumes of over 525,000 passengers (as of December 2019)

Eligible projects include:

Safety-related projects (e.g., runway and lighting rehabilitation)

Infrastructure projects for the purposes of operational efficiency and/or to enhance security at airports

Improvements to mass transit connections at airports

More information on ACIP, including program eligibility requirements and funding application process, can be found here: https://tc.canada.ca/en/programs/airport-critical-infrastructure-program