“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.
Group sales in Spain rose 12% last year, when average growth in the
sector stood at 3.2%.
The multinational BASF has confirmed its commitment to its site in Tarragona, the largest that the company has in Southern Europe, with an investment of 21 million euros to open a new line in the agrochemical plant. The new production centre will be operational by the end of 2016 and will involve the creation of 30 new jobs.
The announcement of this new plant involves expanding the production of liquid fungicides in Tarragona – where more than 60 varieties of the producers are currently manufactured – by 25%. Beyond the investment, one of the most important in recent years, the head of BASF's activities in Southern Europe and CEO of BASF in Spain, Erwin Rauhe, emphasizes the strategic commitment of the company, which has plants in 80 countries, to this site, "It means that in Tarragona we have the know-how, a highly qualified workforce, and we have the ability to continue growing; the fact that the latest generation of crop protection products is manufactured here is a feat for our Spanish plant".
The announcement of the new investment coincides with the publication of the results of BASF Spain in 2014, when sales reached 1,194 million euros (they were 1,069 million in 2013). The 12% increase is significantly higher than the sector overall which was 3.2% according to the Spanish Federation of Chemical Industries (Feique).
The business of the Coatings division, dedicated mainly to the production of paints and
coatings for the automotive industry has meant a major contribution to this growth. "These results are explained in part by the recovery in consumption and increased domestic demand and the upward trend in industries such as the automotive industry", explained Rauhe. It has resulted in increased sales in the domestic market thus reaching figures very similar to those recorded in 2008, before the crisis.
Ana Pastor announced (06-05-2015) that her department is working alongside Iberia so that the airline can recover the direct connection between Spain and Japan, a route that operated during the 90s.
"It would be a very important connection for tourism and for Spanish companies, which is why we are working together", said the head of the department of Public Works.
The major changes experienced by the airline in recent years, with the reduction of its cost base and the purchase of the new fleet of aircraft (8 A330 models and another 8 A350) enable it to study the opening of connections to South America, its favourite region, North Africa, and Asia, as its management has pointed out on multiple occasions. For now, they have not clarified what the new routes might be.
The project of installing wifi on stations will start in June in Barcelona and Getafe.
The Government has made the development of the network of nearby, one of the most used by the Spanish public transport services but low economic profitability, in its new commitment to the infrastructure sector during the last phase of the legislature. The Minister of development, Ana Pastor, advanced that the Government will conduct an investment until 2018 1257.7 million euros to boost this means of transport., which sill be allocated both to the improvement of infrastructure and trains. According to the owner of this ministerial department, it is the largest investment that has rushed into nearby since the beginning of the service two decades ago.
The President of RENFE, Pablo Vàzquez, had already pointed out that it completed, nest to ADIF (the administered railway infrastructure), a national plant to improve the quality of the service of urban train, carrying 400 million passengers each year. The railway operator had marked as a reference model of the high speed train, so suburban trains "work as wll as the AVE".
In particular, according to specified the Minister in its intervention during "Forum five days" ADIF will invest 1.00,4 million euros and RENFE, 257.3 million. The new plan will include the Elimination of steps to level, modernization of the trains, new payment systems and the installation of wifi on stations. The list that will have networks if wireless internet, starting from the moth on June, will be the Plaça de Catalunya, in Barcelona, and Getafe, starting form the month, they will spread in the rest of Spain.
These improvements will be supplemented by the reinforcement of information panels, the renewal of the PA system and new mobile applications to meet timetables, trains traffic, and even purchase tickets. It will also create a loyalty card.
Increase traffic promotion is confident that all these measures will allow you to increase the number of travellers by 22 million. Last year, these services received 405.3 million travellers, the lowest figure since 2005, according to statistics from the Ministry of public works. Cities, most of the investment will focus a Barcelona (400 million), which has 3500.000 users a day. Madrid meanwhile, which accounted for 800.00 daily passengers will receive an invest of 167 million. The PSOE denies that he Endowment is the largest historical series, since in the 2008-2011 legislature-assures-was 2.519 million euros.
At the moment, in the whole of the railway network, both in urban services such as long-distance, passengers traffic continues to rise: during the first four months of the year, the number of users of commercial services grew 9.1% compared to the same period in 2014 and a 31.2% compared to 2011. A trend of progress on several fronts, which is also reflected in air traffic. In the first quarter, AENA airports 54.1 million passengers, 5.2% more than during the previous year. During the month of April, Barcelona El Prat airport is expected grow above 4%.
Shepherd also confirmed that the legal department of AENA and the Ministry of development study to appeal the decision of the National Commission of the markets and the competition (CNMC), which obliges the company to lowe rates between 2% and 3% from 2016.
Source: abc / flytobarcelona/2015-05-07