Monday, April 21, 2014

Ads of the World: Happy Easter?

Having the rabbits for Easter weekend seems more literal than I would have expected from Hell Pizza: Rabbit. Spotted on Ads of the World by advertising agency Barnes Catmur & Friends, Auckland, New Zealand.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Taken from Airport World - the magazine of ACI - a recent article on the Top 10 Airports: Passenger Traffic in 2013, written by Justin Burns has little surprises. The full article as follows -

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta has retained its crown as the busiest airport in the world in 2013 – but the most notable mover in the top 10 was Dubai International up to 7th place from 10th.

First place once again goes to Atlanta in the US state of Georgia, with 94.4 million, but down 1.13% on the 95.5 million in 2012. In second place was Beijing Capital International Airport, with 83.7 million passengers, a 2.2% increase on 2012, while third was London Heathrow, where traffic reached 72.3 million, an increase of 3.4% on 2012.

Tokyo Haneda International Airport stayed in fourth spot with 69 million, a rise of 2.6% and in fifth, was Chicago O’Hare International Airport, the second busiest in the US, which welcomed 66.9 million, up 0.1%.

In sixth spot and growing fast was Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with 66.66 million passengers, a growth of 4.7% on 2012, just in front of Dubai International in seventh, which saw a 15.2% rise on 2012 to 66.4 million.

In eighth place, up from ninth, and Asia-Pacific’s fourth busiest is Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, with 62.04 million, up 3.4% on 2012, and narrowly edging out in ninth and Europe’s second busiest in 2013, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, with 62 million, up 0.7% on 2012.

Taking the last spot in the top 10, was Dallas/Fort Worth, where passenger numbers reached 60.4 million, a rise of 3.2%.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
94.4 million (-1.13%)
83.7 million (+2.2%)
London Heathrow
72.3 million (+3.4%)
Tokyo Haneda
69.0 million (+2.6%)
Chicago O’Hare
66.9 million (+0.1%)
Los Angeles International
66.6 million (+4.7%)
Dubai International
66.4 million (+15.2%)
Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta
62.1 million (+3.4%)
Paris Charles de Gaulle
62.0 million (+0.7%)
Dallas/Forth Worth
60.4 million (+3.2%)

Just outside the top 10, was Hong Kong International Airport, which set a new record of 59.9 million travellers, up 6.1% on 2012 and is set to reach the top 10 in 2014. Rising 0.9% and Europe’s third busiest, was Frankfurt International, which handled 58 million, up from 57.5 million in 2012, while Singapore Changi Airport had a record year, handling 53.7 million passengers, up 5% on 2012.

Amsterdam Schiphol, handled 52.5 million passengers, a new record, making its Europe’s fourth busiest airport, and up from 51 million, while Istanbul Atakurk Airport welcomed 51.3 million, up 13%.

Political problems, may have led to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi welcoming 50.9 million passengers in 2013, a drop on the 53 million in 2012.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Jakarta Post: SBY launches the country’s most modern airport

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially inaugurated on Thursday the Kuala Namu International Airport in Deli Serdang regency, near Medan, North Sumatra.

It was a significant moment for Yudhoyono, as he approaches the end of his two terms as the country’s sixth president. The plush Kuala Namu airport, offering the most sophisticated passenger terminal in the country, is one of several successful infrastructure projects built during Yudhoyono’s era.

During the inauguration ceremony, Yudhoyono said the airport marked an important milestone toward a more prosperous North Sumatra in particular and Indonesia in general. At the ceremony, the President also announced the completion of expansion projects at commercial airports Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport in Pekanbaru, Riau, and Raja Haji Fisabilillah in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands, as well as smaller airstrips in Muara Bungo in Jambi, Pekon Serai in Lampung and Pagar Alam in South Sumatra. 

President director of state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) II, Tri Sunoko, said the construction of the new airport was part of the government’s Masterplan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development (MP3EI).

The new airport will also become part of Yudhoyono’s legacy before leaving office following the presidential election, which is set to take place in July. The President, who according to the Constitution, cannot run for a third term, is a key supporter of the construction of the 29-kilometer Sunda Strait Bridge, connecting Merak in Banten, West Java, and Bakauheni in Lampung, on the southern tip of Sumatra. Due to technical and financial setbacks, the construction of the mega bridge has faced a series of delays and will not begin before the end of Yudhoyono’s term. Tri said there was every hope that Kuala Namu airport, which had taken six years to build, would become the country’s main gateway for visitors traveling from China, Europe and the Middle East.

 The airport operator invested Rp 2.2 trillion (US$192.1 million) to construct everything in the landside area, while the government allocated Rp 3.39 trillion from the state budget to construct the airside area. Kuala Namu has capacity to deal with 8 million people a year. However, just a few months after its operations began, the number of passengers had reached 8.3 million. Tri said AP II was currently preparing for the airport’s second phase of development, to increase passenger traffic capacity to 25 million per year. He said the company expected to start construction by next year. “In mid-2015, we will begin the second phase of Kuala Namu airport’s construction, with a total budget of at least Rp 2.4 trillion for the airport’s landside development,” he said. AP II has allocated Rp 130 billion this year to further develop the airport, which began operating in July last year.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Jakarta Post: Passenger growth outpaces airport projects

Ten airports under development ahead of the ASEAN Open Skies Policy are unable to keep pace with the fast-growing number of air travelers, raising questions about their future capacity when the policy takes effect next year.

The ASEAN Open Skies Policy is expected to enhance air connectivity among ASEAN members, bringing down barriers to trade, easing the flow of labor and goods and boosting tourism.

 Salahudin Rafi, operational and technical director of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II, which manages major airports in the western part of Indonesia, said the airport development projects still could not handle the fast-paced annual growth in the number of passengers. “The increase in airport capacity in Indonesia is still significantly below the annual growth of the number of passengers,” he told The Jakarta Post recently. “Hence, airport infrastructure development must be accelerated to anticipate the drastic growth in passengers,” he added.

For example, Kuala Namu International Airport in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra — among the 10 airports undergoing development projects ahead of the Open Skies Policy — was initially built to accommodate 8 million passengers annually, according to Rafi. But the airport faced overcapacity in its first year of operation last year, when the number of passengers reached 8.4 million, he said. Likewise, the annual number of passengers of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Banten, reached 60.13 million last year, nearly three times the airport’s annual capacity of 22 million passengers. Soekarno-Hatta was the eighth busiest airport in the world in 2013. Salahudin said the operator was preparing for Kuala Namu’s second phase of development to further increase its capacity to 25 million passengers annually. “We’re hoping to start construction by next year,” he said. 

Separately, Angkasa Pura II president director Tri Sunoko said the operator expected Soekarno-Hatta’s capacity would exceed the growth in passenger numbers by 2017, with the development of the third terminal and the renovation of the first and second terminals.

Transportation Ministry director general for air transportation Herry Bakti Gumay said the airport operator should not only think about the development of airports for the next five years, but for the next 25 years at least. “It must change its mind-set; the airports now have to serve both airlines and passengers,” he said. “Airports can no longer act as if airlines and passengers need them more than airports need airlines and passengers.”

 This year, Angkasa Pura II allocated Rp 12.966 trillion (US$1.14 billion) to improve facilities at the 10 airports through multi-year projects. Salahudin said the budget allocated to develop the 10 airports reached Rp 32.4 trillion between 2007 to 2020. According to Salahudin, up until last year, approximately Rp 6 trillion had been spent on developing the airports. “As for this year, we will initially allocate Rp 8.3 trillion to continue the development of the airports,” he said. “The fund will be raised from bank loans, including those from state-owned banks,” he added.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pepsi Max Uses Augmented Reality in OOH Media

Taken from the youtube link - Pepsi Max surprise commuters with an 'unbelievable' augmented reality experience at a bus shelter on New Oxford Street in London...Londoners waiting at one bus stop in the capital were given much more of a fright when they witnessed tigers hurtling towards them, giant tentacles bursting out of the pavement, and aliens floating down to Earth in spaceships"