Aena announced (11-May-2015) the relaunch of a special check-in system for cruise passengers arriving at Barcelona El Prat Airport. Air France-KLM , British Airways and Iberia have 14 counters in T1 designated to checking-in the luggage of passengers arriving to Barcelona by cruise ship then travelling by air to other destinations. Passengers arriving at the Port of Barcelona have shuttle buses to transport them directly to the airport. The initiative will last until 30-Oct-2015
Emirates Airline has posted a 40% full-year profit increase, rising to AED4.6 billion ($1.3 billion), and is confident it will continue to succeed despite the recent Gulf carrier backlash.
Revenue rose 7% to reach AED88.8 billion—a record-high—while operating costs widened by 6%. Fuel costs fell 7% to AED28.7 billion, representing 35% of the airline’s expenses, compared with 39% in the prior year.
Announcing the results via webcast from Dubai on Thursday morning, Emirates Group chairman and CEO Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the airline posted a “healthy” 5.1% margin, 1.2 percentage points up on last year, a level not seen since 2010-11. This was, he said, a “strong result” in a challenging year.
An 80-day runway closure at Emirates’ Dubai International hub, which grounded 19 Emirates aircraft, cut capacity 9% and had an AED1.6 billion impact on group revenues. Adverse dollar exchange rates caused a further AED1.5 billion hit.
However, Emirates’ growth meant it was able to overcome these obstacles and deliver a record year for revenue and passenger numbers. Al Maktoum said this was because of Emirates’ continued investment in new technology and the customer experience.
“This shows a strong consumer preference for Emirates’ products and services,” he said. “Our position has always been clear. We embrace competition. It is good for the industry, good for consumers and good for us. We have to stay ahead of the competition, that’s why we invest so much of our profit back into the business,” Al Maktoum said.
He added that US opposition will “not stop us.” Emirates, he said, has been very transparent on its finances and he believes, ultimately, US carriers value the benefits of open skies. “Many airlines have to really improve their service if they want people to fly with them.”
Emirates invested over AED73 million in free Wi-Fi connectivity last year and, by March 31, 107 of its aircraft were equipped. As a whole, the group invested AED20.2 billion back into its companies, down from AED22 billion in the prior year.
Passenger numbers rose 11% to hit 49.3 million, absorbing 9% year-on-year capacity growth. “For the first time in the airline’s history, Emirates’ total passenger and cargo capacity crossed the 50 billion mark, to 50.8 billion ATKMs at the end of the financial year, cementing its position as the world’s largest international airline,” Emirates said.
This pushed its average load factor to 79.6%, up from 79.4% last year. Yield fell to 8.1 US dollar cents because of the weakening of all major currencies against the US dollar.
Emirates received 24 new aircraft during the year, including 12 Airbus A380s, 10 Boeing 777-300ERs and two 777Fs, bringing its total fleet to 231. It used this extra capacity to launch five new passenger destinations: Abuja, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Oslo and four new additional freighter-only destinations: Atlanta, Basel, Mexico City and Ouagadougou.
In the current 2015-16 financial year, Emirates has announced the launch of two new routes—Denpasar and Orlando—as well as capacity upgrades.
“Looking ahead, the ongoing uncertainty for many currencies and economic markets around the world will continue to pose a challenge, as will the looming threat of protectionism in some countries. However, we move into the new financial year with confidence, and a strong foundation for continued profitability. We will continue on our journey of steady and rational growth,” Al Maktoum said.
Barcelona (ACN).- The Spanish Government have announced that construction work for the train shuttle connecting Terminal 1 of Barcelona El Prat Airport to the city centre will kick off "in a few weeks", after many years of delay. The statement was made on Thursday by Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, after the weekly Cabinet meeting. The new train shuttle will carry travellers between T1, the newest and busiest terminal, to Barcelona's Sants Station in 19 minutes, making a stop at Terminal 2. According to the Deputy PM, the Spanish Ministry of Transport plans "a more-than-€200 million" investment in the project. Santi Vila, the Catalan Minister for Planning and Sustainability, described the announcement as "excellent news". An estimated 7 to 9 million people are expected to use the train shuttle each year.
The Spanish Ministry for Public Works and Transport plans a €220 million investment through a public-private formula, Sáenz de Santamaría explained. Initially, the Spanish Government will be in charge of the works related to the construction of the tunnels and other basic infrastructure such as platforms. Later, a tender will be put out to find the company which will build the tracks, the security, and electrical systems, and operate the service.
According to the Catalan Minister for Planning and Sustainability, the Spanish Government's announcement is "excellent news", allowing the work to finally start in a few weeks, after many years of delay. Santi Vila also stressed that the request for tender for the second phase of the work could mean the end of the monopoly of Renfe (Spain's publicly-owned train operator) on the short-distance railway network, unless indeed the company wins the tender.
The Spanish Deputy PM said that the main construction project had already been drafted and awarded to a construction company but could not proceed due to a lack of budget, paid by the Spanish Transport Ministry. The agreement reached on Thursday allows the Spanish Government to free up the project as technical assistance now passes into Adif's hands (a State-owned company managing railway infrastructures and belonging to the Spanish Transport Ministry).
The shuttle train will connect Sants Station to T1 of Barcelona airport in 19 minutes
The shuttle train will connect Sants Station with the two airport terminals (T1 and T2) in 19 minutes, reducing by more than half the time needed to reach T1 from the city's main station. The project will involve the construction of at least two "complex and expensive tunnels", the Spanish Deputy PM stressed.
At present, there is no access to T1 by train, as the local train line only goes to the old T2 terminal, where passengers have to take a shuttle service bus between the two terminals. For this reason, most of the passengers arriving at the new Terminal 1 – which is the busier of the two – arrive by the Aerobus shuttle from Catalunya and Espanya Squares. Meanwhile, Barcelona Metro’s Line 9 should also link the two terminals with the city centre by February 2016, but the duration of the journey by metro will be 41 minutes from the Catalunya Square area.
“Discussions on how to continue to improve our relationship with all the major airlines operating to and from Malta is an ongoing process,” Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis reportedly told the Times of Malta.
A Turkish Airlines spokesperson would not confirm the reports. “We don’t have any decision on those issues,” the spokesperson told ATW in Istanbul, adding that to give further information would require board approval and informing shareholders via the stock exchange.
Air Malta currently operates a fleet of four Airbus A319s and six A320s. It reported a pre-tax loss of €16.2 million ($20.3 million) for the financial year ended March 31 2014, significantly short of the €3.3 million profit targeted in the airline’s restructuring plan, but almost halved from a loss of €31 million reported in the previous financial year.
Turkish Airlines launched daily Istanbul Sabiha-Barcelona service, using Boeing 737-800 equipment. Pegasus Airlines also operates on the route according to OAG, with Turkish Airlines continuing its existing Istanbul Ataturk- Barcelona operation.
The Port of Barcelona participated in Intermodal South America 2015, the largest logistics trade fair in South America and the second largest in the world in the field of logistics and transportation, which was held from 7 to 9 April in Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The Catalan delegation, made up of the Head of Development of the Port Community of Barcelona, Manuel Galán; and CEO of the Port of South America, Hugo Lejtman, held meetings with South American groups of the main shipowners, with the aim of strengthening existing relationships and fostering increased traffic with Barcelona. Commercial and institutional relationships were also established with the most important Brazilian ports to find ways of co-operation and trade channels of common interest. Intermodal was a good meeting point to continue relations with the representatives of the Special Secretariat of Ports (SEP) after the recent political changes in Brazil.
The team of the Catalan infrastructure that travelled to Brazil also promoted the quality brand Port of Barcelona Efficiency Network, which currently has 70 certified companies. The hallmark represents the commitment of the Port to the quality and efficiency of logistics chains used by the enclave.
It is worth noting that the Port shares its methodology and experience in this field with several international ports, especially in the American and Asian continent. The first to count on Barcelona’s advice to develop their continued plans for improvement are the Mexican enclaves of Manzanillo and Veracruz. Other ports interested in the Barcelona model of quality are the port of Mumbai, India; the Colombian enclave of Cartagena de Indias; and the Brazilian ports of Santos, Paranagua, Vitoria and Imbituba.
This is the seventh consecutive year that the Port of Barcelona has participated in Intermodal South America (since 2009), which is one of the most important trade fairs in the world of logistics, freight forwarding and foreign trade sectors. This edition gathered more than 600 companies from 26 countries and received around 50,000 visitors from the sector.
IMA, a company dedicated to the manufacture of magnets and magnetic products, has acquired a site in the town of Ripollet in Barcelona where it will locate its new 5,000-square-metre industrial facility.
The company IMA, devoted to the manufacture of magnets and magnetic products, has purchased a plot in the Barcelona town of Ripollet where it is building a new 5,000-square-metre warehouse.
Thanks to these new facilities, in which it has invested 3 million euros, IMA will increase its business tripling its production capacity, since this facility will be the largest magnet factory in Spain. Currently, the IMA factory is located in Mollet del Vallès, but in late 2016 it will move part of its production to Ripollet.
IMA exports 50% of its production to more than 60 countries and has production facilities in China and Italy, as well as subsidiaries in France and Germany. In Spain, in addition to its headquarters in Catalonia, IMA has offices in Madrid and Bilbao.
The acquisition received the support of the Industrial Logistics Department of Forcadell. Likewise, IMA has the support of the Government of Catalonia through the Expansiona't d’ACCIÓ programme, which enabled it to increase the volume of its exports.
Fruit Logistica has also served to promote exports between Mercabarna companies, in order to grow and gain competitiveness.
The Port of Barcelona participated in the month of February in Fruit Logistica, the world's largest fresh produce trade fair, where it promoted the integrated logistics chain it offers with Mercabarna and private operators, in this case the shipping company Grimaldi. As part of this global service, Barcelona provides complete connectivity, supply and distribution solutions to meet the needs of its European import and export customers and the logistics operators specialising in fresh produce.
One of the main goals of the Port’s commercial team at this fair was to promote short sea shipping services (SSS) between North Africa and the Catalan capital, as well as reefer shipping services (refrigerated containers) which connect Barcelona with the rest of the world and place it as an entry point to Europe for fresh and off-season produce originating
in America and Africa.
Regarding Mercabarna, at the fair the organisation showed foreign importers the combination between increased supply and variety of fruits and vegetables in Europe – which is currently to be found in Mercabarna – and logistics solutions adapted to fresh produce, so that these perishable foods arrive in the best conditions.
Currently, Mercabarna fruit and vegetable employers export mainly to Europe, but also want to attract importers from the USA, the Asian continent, and the United Arab Emirates. Therefore, from the Mercabarna Export cluster, work was also conducted to streamline road transport through groupage (grouping of loads from different wholesalers in the same lorry for the same destination) and is collaborating with logistics operators specialising in air transport, able to adapt their services to the specific characteristics of fresh produce.
Fruit Logistica had more than 2,600 exhibitors from 84 countries and over 62,000 visitors.
The company had already doubled the length of free WiFi access to 30 minutes at all its airports in December indefinitely, also doubling connection speed and reducing the cost of the 'Premium' service to 1.50 euros per hour.
Aena will continue to offer the 'Premium' service for a surcharge to customers who request it, with higher speeds of access and additional services.
According to a report by Kubi Wireless – a company integrated in the Eurona Telecom Group and the current holder of the concession to operate internet access via WiFi in Aena airports – consumption in the Spanish airport network soared in 2014 reached a peak in the summer months, highlighting especially Madrid (+ 85%) and Barcelona (+ 68%). 'Premium' WiFi also grew 21% last year.
The technology firm points out that the cost of this service is the "most competitive" in Europe, as opposed to other comparable airports such as Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Amsterdam and Lisbon.
Temporarily, all Spanish airports lowered their price from 4.5 euros to 1.5 euros, compared to rates of these airports ranging from 3.8 euros per hour at Heathrow or Dusseldorf to 6 euros per half an hour in Brussels or 5.9 euros for all Paris airports.
In this regard, it was reminded that there is the possibility of booking airport parking, hiring access to the VIP lounge, or finding information on any of the airport services.
- Total revenues increased to 675.2 million, up 14.6%, driven by traffic performance and strong growth in commercial revenues (16% more than in the same period of 2014).
- The growth trend in passenger traffic is consolidated, reaching 37.3 million in the first three months of 2015, an increase of 6.2% over the same period in 2014.
- Improvement in revenues and maintenance of efficiency enables the company to close the first quarter with a net profit of 12.2 million euros (121.6% more than in the same period of 2014).
Aena SA, the leading airport operator in the world by number of passengers and a listed company since last February 11, has achieved a gross operating profit (EBITDA) of 226.4 million euros, up 27.2% on last year.
The strong growth in the EBITDA is due to the consolidation of air traffic, which in the first quarter of 2015 was 6.2% more than in the same period of 2014, driven by both domestic and international traffic; further supported by solid growth in commercial revenues (both inside and outside terminal) (16%), the maintenance of cost efficiency,
and the consolidation of Luton Airport (8.9 million euros of EBITDA).
The total revenues reported by Aena in the first quarter of 2015 increased to 675.2 million euros, representing an increase of 14.6% over 2014, 26.7% of which are commercial revenues.
The effort in cost reduction carried out in recent years is reflected in the maintenance of efficiency in the first quarter (operating expenses, excluding Luton, + 0.9%).
The net profit for the year amounted to 12.2 million euros in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 121.6% over the same period of 2014. In the period deductions for investments amounting to 34.4, million euros have been recorded, and as a result of the takeover of Luton the results have been proceeded to be consolidated through global
Debt reduction during the first quarter of 2015 is linked to cash flow generation and quarterly debt repayment to the amount of 271 million. Net Financial Debt (1) as of March 31, 2015, amounted to 10,430 million euros compared to 10.733 million euros at the end of 2014.
The investment paid during the first quarter of 2015 amounted to 32.2 million euros, including 3.1 million euros from Luton.