Nothing is free . Especially not the new terminal at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam which cost Rs 11 billion international airport. Since November 2010, the authorities are charging passengers for this work through the Terminal Expansion Fee imposed on airline tickets.
"This formula is a common practice in almost all international airports in the world . It provides funding for the development of major public infrastructure. You should know that the original application was around 15 to 20 euros , but we made ??great efforts to bring different prices to current levels , "says Serge Petit , CEO of AML.
On every single ticket or return for a long haul, Terminal Expansion Fee is 11 euros ( Rs 450 ) per adult and 6 euros ( Rs 245 ) for a child. As for the letters in the region to South Africa, it is 3 euros ( Rs 123) per adult and € 1.6 (Rs 65 ) per child. In 2010 , this decision provoked an outcry in the tourism sector . So much so that the authorities had to postpone its introduction from March to November . Tour operators feared a drop in passenger numbers .
Rs 400 million per year
This was not the case . Between November 2010 and August 2013 , the SSR airport handled 3.6 million passengers. Is 262,087 in November and December 2010, 1,294,387 in 2011, 1,286,844 in 2012 and about 800,000 between January and August 2013. So , even before the opening of the new terminal , Terminal Expansion Fee reported to the subsidiary AML sum of Rs 1 billion. An average of Rs 400 million per year. This recipe is grafted on other income including Passenger Fee of Rs 1,000 for adults and Rs 500 for children amounted to Rs1 billion per year.
From next year , will have AML provision of approximately Rs 700 million per year to repay the loan of Rs 11 billion in 2008 she contracted . The Exim Bank of China has granted a moratorium period of 5 years. The refund will be for a period of 15 years.
Serge Petit , Chief Executive Officer of AML said that the repayment of the loan is not a problem for two main reasons . First, the number of passengers will continue to increase . According to global estimates , growth will be 11% in Africa. "According to the trend of recent years, by 2015 , passenger traffic at SSR International Airport will reach 3 million. This is the total of passengers arriving and departing . Thus , revenue will continue to grow , " he says .
Then Airports of Mauritius Ltd and its subsidiary Mauritius Duty Free Paradise Ltd. ( MDFP ) apply rigorous in their financial management. For proof , AML has funded its own funds , work on the track that cost Rs 3 billion. In recent years, the AML group post a surplus of more than Rs1 billion for a turnover in excess of Rs 3 billion. Besides the payment to the State , dividend of Rs 300 million per year. For its part, MDFP has funded the development of its reserves tax-free in the new terminal at a cost of Rs 325 million shops. Now all duty-free shops are managed by the MDFP .
With this financial strength, any increase in the Fee and Passenger Terminal Expansion Fee is considered. This despite the fact that six projects worth Rs1 , 6 billion , are about to be started .
Airport Terminal Operations Ltd ( ATOL ) is the result of the strategic partnership between Airports of Mauritius Ltd ( AML) and Aéroports de Paris Management ( ADPM ) . Face perception qu'ATOL is under the influence of ADPM as the CEO is a representative of the partner , Serge Petit reassured that the national interest is safeguarded.
"The decision to put a representative of the ADPM ATOL head to fully benefit from the expertise of this company for the construction and management of the new terminal. AML is the largest shareholder with 90 % equity against ADPM 10% , " he says . AML has invested about Rs 1.8 billion stake in the company against some 200 million ADPM .
The agreement between AML and ADPM says Serge Petit , states that after three years , there will be an assessment of the management terminal. Ultimately, ATOL will be dissolved and the terminal will be under the sole responsibility of AML . AML was born in 1999. The state company owns all airport infrastructure - track and terminal - which are spread over an area of ??272 hectares.
Extravagance or necessity?
To those who call the new terminal extravagance of government, Serge Petit argues that it is fully justified by the growing number of passengers. "By 2015 , traffic at the airport in Mauritius surpass the 3 million passengers . It is thus necessary to increase the carrying capacity . With the new terminal , it will be able to accommodate up to 1,620 passengers per hour against 740 in the existing terminal. We are now able to accommodate A380 and Boeing 787 carrying 800 passengers . Already last year we reached a record figure of 2,690,869 passenger movements , " he explains .
Passenger traffic in Mauritius is considered incomparable with the Seychelles and the Maldives. Seychelles, the number of arrivals has increased from 174,529 in 2010 to 194,476 in 2011 and 208,034 in 2012. In the Maldives, it rose from 791,917 in 2010 to 931,333 in 2011 and 958,027 in 2012.
In 1993, SSR International Airport welcomes first one million passengers in departure and arrival.In 2004 , it caters for the first time two million passengers in departure and arrival.In 2012, a record $ 2,690,869 was achieved.In 2013 , a new record will be established as between January and July growth is 2% . Better, in August , it reached 7.3%.
Year Passenger arrival and departure
1999 1 568 979
2000 1 778 155
2001 1 789 977
2002 1 865 965
2003 1 983 436
2004 2 075 658
2005 2 167 437
2006 2 217 197
2007 2 562 830
2008 2 609 805
2009 2 381 810
2010 2 588 265
2011 2 666 391
2012 2 690 869
Rs 1.6 billion new projects
No fewer than six new projects will open at the airport before the end of the year.
Renovation of the existing terminal
The renovation of the existing terminal will begin soon and will be spread over a period of two years. The goal is to merge with the new terminal , allowing harmonization of the architecture and improving the quality and comfort of the infrastructure.
Additional parking areas
Two parking areas can accommodate widebody will be built to optimize the flow of airside traffic. The work will be launched by the end of 2013 at a cost of 400 million rupees.
Building a home of 500m2 house for distinguished visitors , including heads of state and government , is expected in the coming months. Construction will begin before the end of the year in the space between the Terrace Salon and Salon State .
The construction and development of new cargo and freeport zones over an area of ??71 hectares will increase the volume of cargo handled . The development of the first phase of a segment of 20 hectares should begin shortly . Total investment costs amount to about Rs 1 billion. The work will be carried out according to the plan developed by mass Luftansa Consulting.
New control tower
To cope with increasing air traffic , a new control tower at the forefront of modernity will replace the existing structure.
New access road
The creation of a new access road is on the agenda to better meet the needs of users of the airport.
A new operations center
A new operational center for the AML group will also be built at the entrance of the airport. It will bring together different services to ensure better coordination and better service .
The track surface is required every 10 years. This time , two important works were executed at a cost of Rs 3 billion. "These huge investments of around Rs 3 billion is drawn from the AML reserves. However, the AML remain solid financial footing . The company even paid dividends in the range of Rs 500 million to the government for the recent fiscal years , "said Serge Petit , CEO of AML.
The first project is the track surface and its extension have been made only during the night, and completed in July at a cost of more than Rs 1 billion. This allows widebody types A380 or Boeing Dreamliner to serve the SSR airport in optimal safety conditions . Side of AML, it is emphasized that the cooperation of airlines has been essential to the success of this project.
The second is the construction of an emergency runway 2.35 km at a cost of Rs 2 billion , which is already operational. The work need not less than 1.7 million cubic meters of fill . This infrastructure has the dual function of allowing aircraft to free the runway faster and ensure the continuity of airport operations in the event of closure of the main runway for major cause. By extension, it will prevent the country is left out of touch with serious economic repercussions .
Serge Petit wish now that the infrastructure development of the airport is well underway , "giving another dimension of comfort, service and safety to our passengers . "
Benchmarking the Airport Council International (ACI) , is it out showed that our airport is already in the forefront of dealing with airports between 2 and 5 million passengers . "The initiatives abound to develop and implement best practices to further improve our performance. With the new terminal , the airport of Mauritius has the means to be the best in its category at the international level, " he says. Serge Petit argues that steps have been taken to transform the airport into a green airport , in line with the national project of Maurice Ile Durable .
" We set up a program to obtain the ISO 14000 certification to validate our efforts. I am happy to say that we have the support of all our partners in achieving our ambitions. The strength and success of the Group arising from the AML team , 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 for the country, " he enthuses .