Mauritius | Infrastructure

November 02, 2012

Airport SSR: Opening Emergency Runway Next Week

The new emergency runway is the second big project completed by the Airports of Mauritius Co Ltd (AML), this year. Between January and September, AML-register record profits of Rs 795 million.

Important development in the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. Starting next week, the new emergency runway 2.35 km at a cost of Rs 2 billion will be operational.

Paving the infrastructure of strategic importance for the country was completed several months ahead of the work program. These have required no less than 1.7 million cubic meters of fill. This infrastructure has the dual function of allowing aircraft to clear the runway landing faster and ensuring the continuity of airport operations, in case of closure of the main runway for major cause. By extension, it will prevent the country finds itself cut off from the world with serious economic repercussions.

New terminal

The first project was completed the rehabilitation of the runway and its extension in July at a cost of more than Rs 1 billion. It allows widebody types Airbus A380 or Boeing Dreamliner to serve the airport SSR in optimal safety conditions. At AML, the emphasis is on rigor. "These huge investments of around Rs 3 billion reserves are drawn AML. Financial footing AML remains strong, however. The company even paid dividends of around Rs 500 million to the state in recent fiscal years, "said Serge Petit, CEO of AML.

At the new terminal, which supervision is provided by ATOL, the progress of work is outstanding following the program in line with the budget. The closed cover of terminal will be completed by December, while the installation and testing of equipment, which has already begun, is expected to continue until March 2013. At the airport, where enthusiasm and motivation are strong, we reassured that the terminal will be ready in time and should be operational in 2013.

Meanwhile, preparations for the advanced training of personnel who will be redeployed in the new terminal is accelerating. "We are making the final touches to preparations. We all used to preserve the achievements of our employees. The strong partnership between AML and ATOL, give us the means to persevere in efforts to educate and motivate our employees, "says the CEO of AML. Familiarization sessions have already begun. Coordinating committees, which were established for several months, provide an opportunity for exchange and sharing of experiences among professionals Mauritian and French.

Record profits of Rs 795 million

Despite a difficult economic situation worldwide, AML shows an excellent performance for the first nine months of 2012. Shiv Nemchand newly promoted Deputy CEO of AML, announced between January and September, AML has recorded record profits of around Rs 795 million. Passenger traffic for the same period increased by 1.5% to more than 1.9 million.

"If the trend continues, we should finish the year in excess of Rs 900 million profit," says Shiv Nemchand. Satisfaction also displayed at the Mauritius Duty Free Paradise (MDFP), directed by Serge Petit, whose turnover has increased by 10%. For the first nine months of 2012, duty-free shops of MDFP have revenues of Rs 1335 billion.

The average value of purchases per passenger rose to 67 euros. The participation of AML management MDFP allows vision and a common strategy. And the AML group, including MDFP and ATOL (Airport Terminal Operations Ltd), consolidates the position of the SSR International Airport as a benchmark of good governance and modernity in the region, responding to the country's economic ambitions.

Green Airport

Commenting on the vision of AML, Serge Petit believes that now that the airport infrastructure development is well underway, "We want to give another dimension of comfort, service and safety to our passengers."

Benchmarking of Airport Council International (ACI), is it out showed that our airport is already in the forefront of dealing with airports between two and five million passengers' initiatives abound to develop and implement the 'best practices' to improve our performance further. "

Serge Petit argues that steps have been taken to transform our airport in a Green Airport 'in line with the national project of Maurice Ile Durable "We put in place a program to obtain ISO 14000 certification to validate our efforts. I am pleased to say that we have the support of all our partners in realizing our ambitions. The strength and success of the Group arising from the AML team spirit, rigor and discipline in the management, motivation and commitment of staff at all levels. This is what allows us to be at the forefront of new opportunities. "

 

 

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