And for those of you following the saga in Singapore you will know that the Singapore govt is desperate for Changi to remain a air hub in Asia. And they will do it at all cost, even if it means sacrificing SIA.
Pretty stupid I think, since a strong SIA is necessary for a strong SIN
are probably laughing and milking all they can from an insecure Changi Airport.
are not interested in bringing people to Singapore. They are interested in taking them to Europe. BA
/QF/EK don't have Singapore stopover packages. They are just interested in squeezing all they can out of Changi Airport. If I were Dixon or Eddington I would be laughing and laughing and LAUGHING at SIN
for offering me such a sweet deal.
Next, we cannot have LCCs crowding the skies of Changi. If Changi is swarmped by LCCs, we might become the LCC hub while KUL
might develop into the inter-continental hub that SIN
has always been. SIN
CANNOT be a LCC hub AND
an inter continental hub at the same time. Don't these people GET IT
Anyhow, ever since Cheong left, SIA has been in the pits. Chew Choon Seng is spineless and hasn't a clue how to run his airline, which is why the Senior Minister (the erm, elected dictator lee kuan yew) had to step in. If his management was a bit more competent the government would have left its hands off SIA as it did in the past 30 years. For the past 30 years SIA had strong, able CEOs able to run their airline effectively and at the same time telling the govt to back off. And the govt DID back off cos Cheong and Pillay were competent CEOs and Chairmen
But then again we're a small nation surrounded by giants and have always been insecure. Which is why we must always compare other countries to us and reassure ourselves that we're better!
That's all for now, from your insecure Singaporean A.net member!
From the straits times:
Competition in ground handling will help ensure airport's survival, workers told
By Rebecca Lee
FEAR is emerging among workers at Singapore's two ground-handling companies that they will lose their jobs or suffer pay cuts when competition hots up with the entry of a third player.
Changi's plans for defending its position as an air hub:
1 Providing airport capacity which can meet expected demands and cater to the different needs of airlines
2 Maintaining high airport standards, with good customer service for passengers and airlines
3 Keeping airport charges competitive
But Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) director-general Wong Woon Liong feels that is because they do not see the bigger price Singapore may have to pay.
Eventually, their worries may be unfounded, as Mr Wong foresees growth and job creation when a new player comes in to rival Changi International Airport Services (CIAS) and Singapore Airport Terminal Services (Sats), which is 87 percent-owned by Singapore Airlines.
And yesterday, he presented his optimistic picture to leaders of unions in the SIA Group, when he outlined plans to enhance the 'total Changi experience' to attract more passengers and airlines.
Ground-handling cost, he said, is an important component for airlines. To reduce it, Changi needs to introduce greater competition.
The new entrant, likely to be an international player, will inevitably squeeze margins at Sats and CIAS, so it is understandable that staff of these companies may fear job losses or pay cuts, he said.
But they will be worse off, he added, if competition is kept at bay, as airlines may pull out altogether if charges are unattractive, even though current charges are the lowest in Asia after Malaysia.
However, 'if the price is right', more airlines will be drawn to Singapore, creating more jobs, Mr Wong said.
Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew also told union leaders the reality of what a new player meant for workers.
'Whether it is Gate Gourmet or LSG Sky Chefs, these are world franchises, they operate in many countries, many airports.
'They may be cheaper than Sats and CIAS, so it's not possible to carry on as if Sats is still part of SIA,' he said, adding that salaries and benefits will have to be adjusted.
Mr Wong also outlined plans to keep Changi competitive and fend off the threat posed by new long-range aircraft.
These planes allow passengers to bypass Singapore and choose from a wider range of airports, stretching as far as Dubai.
Singapore also faced increasing competition from regional airports, particularly Bangkok, which is better positioned to serve both the Europe-Asia and Europe-Australia routes, and has a strong home carrier in Thai Airways.
Changi will thus have to focus on the fundamentals: 'Offer a service better than our competitors at the right price', said Mr Wong.
'To airlines, we need to roll out the red carpet.
'To passengers, Changi shall remain both hassle-free and, for those passengers that need to connect, we shall give them more choices for them to enjoy their time here,' he said, adding that these include free city tours and extensive shopping facilities.
Changi's two terminals are also getting a $420 million facelift, while a third one is being built at a cost of $1.75 billion.
It is also prepared to build a terminal for low-cost carriers to capture this growing market. 'Low-cost carriers, with their focus on removing frills, will challenge our way of doing things,' Mr Wong said.
To better understand how to meet their needs, CAAS sent teams to study how other airports do it and its director (airport management), Mr Yam Kum Weng, yesterday gave a report of what he found at Britain's Luton airport, the home of EasyJet, and Stansted airport, Ryanair's base.
There, aircraft are used more intensively by low-cost carriers, and operations are well-coordinated and kept simple to reduce turnaround time.
'They do not clear the toilet waste or do extensive cleaning of the cabin at each turnaround. Staff also multi-task,' he said.
So ground-handling staff do everything, from loading luggage to clearing rubbish bags, and even cabin crew have to multi-task.
Besides cleaning the cabin, the crew guide passengers to the terminals and help to check them in.
'We must offer more - the total Changi experience of being safe, hassle-free and comfortable,' he said. 'Our airport staff not only need to be friendly, they must also go that extra mile for passengers to delight customers.'