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CANSO Europe chair and NATS CEO Martin Rolfe stated (22-Feb-2018) the "next few years are undoubtedly going to be challenging ones for all of CANSO's European Members as traffic levels grow, new technologies enter operation and different airspace users fill our skies". He said: "We must continue to use that challenge as an inspiration, to reflect on the opportunities we have". [more - original PR]

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) reported (22-Feb-2018) the following financial highlights:

  • Three months ended 31-Dec-2017:
    • Total revenue: MXN1888 million (USD99.5 million), +18.9% year-on-year;
      • Aeronautical: MXN1090 million (USD57.4 million), +3.4%;
      • Non aeronautical: MXN390 million (USD20.5 million), +8.0%;
        • Commercial activities: MXN192.6 million (USD10.1 million), +8.6%;
      • Construction revenue: MXN408 million (USD21.5 million), +137%;
    • Adjusted EBITDA: MXN999 million (USD52.6 million), +13.6%;
    • Net profit: MXN625 million (USD32.9 million), +9.5%;
  • 12 months ended 31-Dec-2017:
    • Total revenue: MXN7130 million (USD378.0 million), +28.5%;
      • Aeronautical: MXN4347 million (USD230.4 million), +12.2%;
      • Non aeronautical: MXN1456 million (USD77.2 million), +9.3%;
        • Commercial activities: MXN697.0 million (USD36.9 million), +7.2%;
      • Construction revenue: MXN1326 million (USD+285%;
    • Adjusted EBITDA: MXN3829 million (USD203.0 million), +15.2%;
    • Net profit: MXN2137 million (USD113.3 million), +13.9%;
    • Total assets: MXN14,201 million (USD752.8 million);
    • Cash and cash equivalents: MXN2333 million (USD123.7 million);
    • Total liabilities: MXN6977 million (USD369.9 million). [more - original PR]

*Based on the average conversion rate at MX1 = USD0.052683 for 4Q2017
*Based on the average conversion rate at MX1 = USD0.053011 for CY2017

Group ADP reported (22-Feb-2018) the following financial highlights for 12 months ended 31-Dec-2017:

  • Revenue: EUR3617 million, +22.7% year-on-year;
    • Aviation: EUR1813 million, +4.0%;
      • Airport fees: EUR1055 million, +5.2%;
        • Passenger fees: EUR653 million, +5.4%;
        • Landing fees: EUR243 million, +4.6%;
        • Parking fees: EUR159 million, +5.6%;
      • Ancillary fees: EUR230 million, +4.6%;
      • Revenue from airport safety and security services: EUR487 million, +1.6%;
    • Retail and services: EUR953 million, +1.2%;
      • Retail: EUR459 million, +2.2%;
        • Airside: EUR303 million, +1.6%;
        • Landside: EUR19 million, +5.4%;
        • Bars and restaurants: EUR42 million, +10.2%;
        • Advertising: EUR50 million, -0.8%;
      • Car parks and access roads: EUR171 million, -2.1%;
    • Real estate: EUR250 million, -4.8%;
    • International and airport developments: EUR682 million;
  • EBITDA: EUR1567 million, +31.1%;
  • Net profit: EUR571 million, +31.2%;
  • Total assets: EUR14,276 million;
  • Cash and cash equivalents: EUR1912 million;
  • Total liabilities: EUR8842 million. [more - original PR]

Tokyo Narita Airport reported (22-Feb-2018) the following traffic highlights for Jan-2018:

  • Passengers: 3.3 million, -0.1% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 563,704, -3.4%;
    • International: 2.8 million, +0.6%;
  • Cargo volume: 175,116 tonnes, +6.2%;
  • Aircraft movements: 21,026, +2.0%;
    • Domestic: 4206, -3.5%;
    • International: 16,820, +3.5%;
  • Fuel supplied: 381,883, +0.9%.

According to the CAPA Airport Traffic Database, Jan-2018 marks the 22nd consecutive month of cargo volume growth and this marks the highest level of January cargo volume for the airport since 2003. [more - original PR - Japanese]

Malta International Airport planning authority approved (Feb-2018) the airport's master plan for development of terminal infrastructure and surrounding airport campus, representing investment of at least EUR100 million. The new development aims to move the airport away from serving solely as a passageway by expanding surrounding businesses and leisure complex facilities. Expansion details include:

  • Completion of the airport's terminal reconfiguration project and drafting design plans for lateral expansion of the terminal;
  • Construction of a second SkyParks Business Centre, housing office and retail space and a business hotel;
  • Construction of a multi storey parking facility with over 1300 spaces, scheduled to commence in 4Q2018. [more - original PR]

Cairns Airport reported (22-Feb-2018) the following traffic highlights:

  • Dec-2017:
    • Passengers: 451,110, -2% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 368,000, stable;
      • International: 65,320, +7%;
    • Aircraft movements: 3850, -6%;
  • 2017:
    • Passengers: 5.3 million, +2.0%;
      • Domestic: 4.3 million, +2.0%;
      • International: 685,190, +5.0%;
    • Aircraft movement: 47,390, -2.0%. [more - original PR]

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