Airport New Sept 2011 Incheon Airport signs MoU with European airport groups

South Korea’s Incheon Airport has signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic co-operation with two of Europe’s leading airport groups, France’s Aeroports de Paris and the Schiphol Group of the Netherlands.

2nd Sep 2011


 Incheon Airport signs MoU with European airport groups


South Korea’s Incheon Airport has signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic co-operation with two of Europe’s leading airport groups, France’s Aeroports de Paris and the Schiphol Group of the Netherlands.
The two European airport groups have extensive experience in airport operation and business and the MoU with Incheon is in recognition of the Asian airport’s “know-how that has enabled service innovation”, says the Korean airport operator. The MoU will lay the groundwork for the three groups to share their respective business knowledge and create significant synergies in the future, Incheon says.
Over the next two years, the partners aim to build co-operative programmes in the areas of cargo, retail, airport operation and human resource management (HRM). In order to promote innovation, improve services and enhance their status. Part of the plan is for the three airports to become “paperless” freight hubs and increase cargo throughput.

“Thanks to the strategic co-operation that will cover a variety of dimensions of airport operation, Incheon Airport will go beyond the world’s best service quality leadership and set new standards for the other airports around the world in cargo, commerce, HRM and other airport operation domains and transform itself into a global leading airport true to its title,” says CW Lee, chief executive officer and president.
Incheon is seeking to establish itself as a hub airport for northeast Asia, aiming to handle 62 million passengers a year (up from 44 million today) and increasing annual cargo processing capacity from 4.5 million tonnes to 5.8 million by 2017.
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AUSTRALIA’S Melbourne Airport handled more than 28 million passengers in the financial year 2010-11 on the back of strong growth in international traffic. Passenger numbers rose 7.7 percent to 28,190,452, with international traffic up 13.5 percent to 6.3 million and domestic traffic up 6.2 percent to 21.9 million, despite some extreme weather events. The year saw the launch of a number of additional international services, including: Jetstar flights to Singapore, Auckland and Queenstown; additional services by China Southern, China Eastern and Vietnam Airlines; and Virgin Australia flights to Los Angeles, Christchurch, Bali and Fiji. Asia was the key driver of international growth, particularly China, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and India. The airport has also welcomed news that China Southern will increase its Guangzhou-Melbourne services to twice-daily from October. 130


 

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