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TICKETING: AERTiCKET has agreed a partnership with Amadeus that gives it access to the Amadeus Rail Platform, allowing customers to book domestic and international rail travel alongside flights.

Using AERTiCKET’s Cockpit application, travel agents will be able to access services from nine European rail operators: ÖBB in Austria, Deutsche Bahn in Germany, Trenitalia and open access business NTV in Italy, SJ in Sweden, Renfe in Spain, Vy (formerly NSB) in Norway, SNCF in France and SBB in Switzerland.

AERTiCKET already had direct agreements with various rail operators, but the company was keen to have “an even wider and more comprehensive portfolio”.

Mirja Sickel, Amadeus’ Executive Vice President of Rail and Ground Travel, said that “more and more, travelling by train has become a preferred mode of transport for journeys up to 300km. We’re confident our partnership with AERTiCKET will give its customers the richest range of content, which will be pivotal while we navigate today’s challenging environment and prepare for the future.”

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CHINA: Gammon Construction, the 50/50 joint venture of Balfour Beatty and Asian conglomerate Jardine Matheson, has been awarded a HKD7.2bn contract for tunnelling and associated works for an automatic peoplemover (APM) and baggage handling system (BHS) at Hong Kong International Airport.

The works include two 1.8km tunnel structures for the APM and BHS systems, electrical and mechanical works, pumping stations, a datacentre and security facilities.

Gammon plans to adopt modular solutions for 75% of the electrical and mechanical works for the tunnels. In-line with Balfour Beatty’s commitment to reducing onsite activity by 25% by 2025, this approach will see activities carried out off site to ensure enhanced health and safety, increased productivity and reduce the duration of the works.

The contract forms a major part of the Three Runway System (3RS) project at the airport and will ultimately allow travellers to move between the new Third Runway Concourse and the expanded Terminal 2.

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AUSTRALIA: Construction on the metro between the new Western Sydney International Airport and St Marys station is to begin this year. Confirmation came in May after the federal government announced a AUD5.25bn contribution to the AUD11bn project, also funded by the State of NSW.

The plans also confirmed that the line will now be 6km longer than initially envisaged, with plans to put part of St Marys station underground. Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport, will consist of six stations, two within the airport’s boundary, at the terminal and the business park.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised the influence of the new national cabinet in accelerating the project, saying: “This is how Australia makes its way out of the COVID-19 crisis, infrastructure projects like this one.” The project is expected to create up to 14,000 jobs.

In March, Australian Aviation reported that works were to start imminently on the next stage of the project to build a new terminal and runway at the airport, with 25 million cubic metres of earth moved to make way for the Nancy-Bird Walton terminal, runway, roads and rail connections.

Around a million hours have been spent and 1.8 million cubic metres of earth moved around the site since initial earthworks marked the start of work to build Western Sydney International in September 2018. 

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FINLAND: Helsinki City Council has begun the initial planning for a new light rail line to link Malmi Airport and Viiki. The project is designed to encourage housing construction and employment growth in the capital and its north-eastern suburbs.

The new LRT link would connect to the existing tramline at Malmi, as well the Jokeri Light Rail Project, due to open in 2024. The studies will include consideration of connections to the future Tiederatikka – Jokeri Light Rail 2 and Vantaa tram systems.

It is yet to be confirmed if the northern end of the line will run to either Malmi station or Jakomäki in the Suurmetsä neighbourhood, further to the north-east. The two route options are not mutually exclusive, but are likely to involve two separate developments, depending on the availability of land close to the planned alignments.

The Viikki-Malmi light rail masterplan is to be completed by the end of the year, with a tentative schedule indicating that works could begin in 2027 for an opening in the early 2030s.

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CANADA: The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and the Province of Alberta have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake a feasibility study for a new passenger rail link between Calgary airport and Banff National Park.

The Calgary-Banff Rail project envisages a new 130km line between Calgary International Airport and Banff National Park, with the potential to add four additional stops in downtown Calgary, Cochrane, Morley and Canmore. The service could have up to eight departures per day and the capability of running an express service from Calgary International Airport to downtown Calgary every 20 minutes. Featuring dedicated infrastructure, the new line would be built within the existing Canadian Pacific Railway corridor.

The park attracts about four million visitors each year; a number that is expected to increase, putting additional pressure on highways and local roads. An estimated 23,000 vehicles use Highway 1 between Banff National Park and Calgary every day. It has been nearly 30 years since the previous rail link between the city and Canada’s most-visited national park closed.

CIB is to fund the study, working with Alberta Transportation to review estimated costs and revenues, explore financing options and assess environmental, social and economic benefits prior to any potential investment decision by the CIB as part of a public-private partnership.

"We are pleased to be building a strong partnership with the government of Alberta. An important part of the CIB's role is to work closely with governments across Canada to advance new infrastructure opportunities. The Calgary-Banff Rail project is the first of many potential projects for the CIB in Alberta," said Michael Sabia, CIB Chair.