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Page 24 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2017 CHINA Airlines has appointed World- wide Flight Services (WFS) for ground handling services in Hawaii. WFS has served China Airlines in Honolulu since 2001 when it was first awarded a passenger services con- tract. In 2005, it also won the airline’s ramp handling contract, and in May 2017, WFS successfully bid to handle China Airlines’ cargo business. The airline currently operates a daily service from Honolulu to Narita, Japan, and twice-weekly flights to Taipei. China Air, WFS deal for Hawaii OIA Global now in KL OIA Global, a logistics, packaging and material sourcing provider, has opened its first company-owned office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to support customer growth in the Malaysian economy. Peter Wong, OIA’s managing director Asia-Pacific, noted the country posted a strong 5.6 per cent GDP expansion in the first quarter 2017. “Our business continues to grow in Southeast Asia and specifically in Ma- laysia,” said Wong. “The new Kuala Lumpur office sup- ports the existing OIA Penang location led by Herlyn Choo, branch manager.” “Malaysia continues to lead in ex- ports of energy, electronic equipment, wood products, textiles and Chemi- cals,” Choo said. The new office is at Unit A505, 6th Floor, West Wing, Wisma Consplant 2, No 7, Jalan SS16/1 47500 Subanjaya Selangor Malaysia. Airport trio key for vast Thai economic venture DEVELOPMENT of U-Tapao International Airport as an ‘aerotropolis’ is being seen as vital to the success of Thailand’s massive Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) regional development project. U -Tapao will be multi-linked with Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports, writes Kelvin King. The airport – not far from Pattaya which is morphing into a sophisticat- ed MICE, business travel and holiday destination far removed from its old rather sleazy R&R image - is currently a Royal Thai Navy base with limited but expanding civilian domestic and international services. In its new manifestation it will become a cargo hub, MRO base (Airbus is among those to have signed up for investment), regional and long-haul scheduled and charter flight facility, defence research locale and flight training centre. The Navy will retain a strong presence and is already well into im- plementing its own master plan for development of a large area. “We know the country requires a new growth engine and U-Tapao is part of that,” said Rear Admiral Wora- pol Tongpricha, director of U-Tapao Airport Authority. A free trade zone will be an im- portant feature of the new U-Tapao; FTZs will evolve at maritime ports in the EEC, too. Other features include a commercial gateway, medical and education zone, adjacent rail freight facility, a community park and retail and a mixed use area. It’s a huge proposition which will generate its own substantial economic output and also service the region’s logistics sector which is already grow- ing rapidly. Inter-modal cargo movement will be enhanced by U-Tapao being on the route of a double-tracked freight rail line linking it with two of the EEC ports – including Laem Chang which is Thailand’s main facility for contain- ers and motor vehicle exports – and Suvarnabhumi International Airport as well as current and evolving industrial districts. Laem Chang is to be extended substantially as is Map Ta Phut which handles liquid petroleum products and natural gas. Sattahip, a naval base, is expanding as a cruise ship facility, shipbuilding and oil rig assembly. U-Tapao International will be a key point on a new motorway grid and a high-speed train route through Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports. Integration of the three airports for cargo and passenger traffic is a sig- nificant factor in the EEC concept. It is, in fact, already well past conceptual stage, thanks largely to the drive of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o -cha and Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak who is responsible for the country’s economic ministries. Prayuth said recently that the government “is keen to offer a full support to international investors in these target industries who strive to achieve sustainable development goals, bring a better quality of life to the local community and provide continuing opportunities for local SMEs. FRA freight increase CARGO throughput at Germany’s Frankfurt Airport (FRA) increased by 4.2 per cent to 188,009 in July. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) surpassed the pre- vious July record achieved in 2015 by some 15,000 metric tons to 2.8 million metric tons (plus 1.4 per cent year-on-year). The number of aircraft movements grew by 2.3 per cent to 43,482 takeoffs and landings.