Photo: Sydney Airport Australia’s busiest airport is planning a significant expansion, including a new “Terminal 4”, as it moves to address robust aviation growth and competition from a second airport.Outgoing Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather told the airport’s annual meeting on Tuesday that a major investment program would provide additional aviation capacity for business expansion as the airport capitalises on what she described as a natural competitive advantage in terms of geography.“Airlines serving Asia are able to fly to Sydney and return within 24 hours,’’ she said. “This is highly attractive from an aircraft utilisation perspective.’’She noted the airport had been particularly successful in attracting Chinese carriers but said it was a “Pan-Asian story” that was not reliant on one or two particular countries for growth.“In fact, passengers to and from Asia are forecast to contribute more than half of Sydney Airport’s volumes by the end of this year,’’ she said.After a boost in international travel in 2016, Mather said the airport was “off to a great start’’ in 2017 with 7.2 per cent growth so far.Sydney already serves 94 destinations, including those in Australia, on 44 airlines.Passenger numbers have grown 14m in 1990 to more than 42m in 2016 but this has not been without angst from surrounding communities.The airport will be working over the next 12 months to release a new Master Plan that looks at development to 2039.This is well beyond the proposed start-up date of a second airport at Badgerys Creek, south-west of Sydney, that the company which operates Sydney Airport declined to build despite having first call on it.Mather said the planning had accounted for the opening of the Western Sydney Airport in 2026 and had identified areas available to develop its facilities,“These include an expansion of our international Terminal 1, by adding new gates, baggage system expansions and apron capacity,’’ she said. “Also a new Terminal 4, which will provide new international gates adjoining (terminals) T2/T3. And also new aeronautical facilities in the south-south- east sector, south of General Holmes Drive.’’The new terminal will mean the relocation of a Qantas maintenance facility to another part of the airport and appears in keeping with a plan launched some years ago to relocate alliance partners to different terminals to improve efficiency.That plan was shelved after protests by Virgin that it would be disadvantaged by the move to the T1 international terminal because it was further away from the central business district and harder to access.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Nobody believes we could. And that’s understandable, they are, after all, a powerhouse team,” Chito Victolero said when asked about being at the cusp of dethroning the Beermen in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals’ Game 6 clash set at 6:30 p.m.“And we’re the underdogs. We’ve been that since the quarterfinals, the semifinals. We’re maybe the only ones who believe,” he added. “Though whenever we believe, good things happen to us. That’s why it’s our battle cry.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMagnolia struggled to get sober from its championship hangover, which cost them three games early in the Philippine Cup. They managed to only win one game halfway through the eliminations, putting them in a precarious situation for a playoff spot.The Hotshots, though, won five of their last six to barely making it to the middle pack for the playoffs. From there, they went on to face crowd darling Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals and the second-seeded Rain or Shine in the semifinals. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We (may) have arrested our rebounding woes, but we’re not able to execute in the last few possessions especially when their big men were in foul trouble,” he added. “I guess the break is not on our side. There was a lot of drama, too, earlier.”But being under the harsh spotlight of drama a scenario all too familiar for Austria and his wards. San Miguel, after all, is the only team to ever come back from a 0-3 hole to win the title.“Were just unfortunate that we’re unable to score in the last three possessions,” Austria said. “I just hope in the next game we’ll come out with a lot more energy. It’s do-or-die for us.”The clash is set to feature two contrasting play styles with Magnolia trying to whip out its stingy defense anew, and San Miguel looking to overwhelm through scoring once more.Victolero, who has long harped about giving themselves a chance at beating the “mighty” Beermen, will have more than an opportunity as they now wield another weapon: a psychological edge off a 3-2 lead.But the Magnolia mentor is not trying to put much premium on that.“This will be extra hard,” he said of closing out San Miguel. “We know San Miguel. They don’t go down easily. You saw it earlier, we were up 13 in the last six minutes. They tied it.”“We just have to do this all over again—keeping the score low—to give ourselves a chance in the end.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ian Sangalang hopes Avengers won’t ruin possible Sunday endgame Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated But they say everything is clearer in hindsight. Victolero couldn’t agree more as he believes that along with their title run last year has helped the Hotshots grow into the worthy challenger they are now against the Beermen.“We battled in a lot of situations like these before. They (Hotshots) now know how to win,” he said.Magnolia looks to wrest the role of the the team etches its name deeper into PBA lore when it tries to foil San Miguel’s bid for an unprecedented “five-peat” in the all-Filipino conference.Meanwhile, the Beermen, if its any consolation, know where exactly they fell short in narrow 88-86 Game 5 loss on Friday night.“I think it was evident that our shot selection was poor,” coach Leo Austria said. “It’s hard to win when you’re only making 29.8 percent of your field goals.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Never tell Chito Victolero and his charges the odds.Magnolia has defied narratives over and over again in the PBA Philippine Cup and they look to bend another once more when they shoot to knock the crown off the San Miguel Beer Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ View comments
zoomImage Courtesy: Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line has announced the name of its new XL-class ship to be delivered in 2020.To be named Mardi Gras, the newbuilding will be the largest Carnival Cruise Line ship ever constructed and the first in North America to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).At 180,000 tons, the new Mardi Gras will be more than six times the size of its namesake, the first Carnival Cruise Line ship that entered service in 1972.“Our first ship Mardi Gras was a historic vessel, introducing a brand new style of cruising to the vacationing public. What better way to pay tribute to our company’s nearly 50-year history of creating wonderful vacation memories than by naming this groundbreaking vessel after our original and beloved ‘Fun Ship,’” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, commented.Currently under construction at Meyer Turku in Finland, the 5,200-plus lower berth vessel will feature a length of 337 meters and a width of 42 meters. The steel cutting ceremony for the new ship was held in November 2018.As World Maritime News previously reported, the ship will be based in Port Canaveral, Florida, which will feature a new terminal.A second XL ship will start construction in 2020 and be delivered in 2022.